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HO HO WHO: Christopher Lee, the 92-year-old actor behind some of film’s most infamous baddies: Count Dracula in Dracula, Francisco Scaramanga in The Man With The Golden Gun, Count Dooku in the Star Wars prequels, and the evil wizard Saruman in the Lord of the Rings franchise films.
BLACK CHRISTMAS: This isn’t Lee’s first foray into metal. In 2010, the jack-of-all-trades and trained opera singer released Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross, a critically acclaimed metal album starring Lee’s bellow-singing. In 2012, Lee sang a guitar-heavy rendition of “Little Drummer Boy,” and “Silent Night.” A year later, Lee was back with “Jingle Hell.” Now, it’s “Darkest Carols, Faithful Sing” a loose parody of “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” with wunderkind Hedras Ramos on a squealing guitar.
GLORY TO THE METAL KING: Despite the metal trappings, Lee eschews screaming for speak-singing the song’s lyrics in rhythm with the melody. But what do you expect? He’s 92 years old. Despite the sing-songyness of it all, Lee still belts out some metal-worthy lines during the song’s chorus: “Darkest carols, faithful sing/Glory to the metal kings.” While most Christmas songs evoke images of playing in the snow or a fat, rosy-cheeked Santa Claus, Lee’s summons the spirit of the beastly Krampus.
CHEER FACTOR: 7/10. “Darkest Carols, Faithful Sing” feels like getting a lump of coal for Christmas, but in a good way.