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Charlemagne: The Omens Of Death

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Titelverzeichnis

Disk: 1

  1. The Portent
  2. Charles The Great
  3. The Siege
  4. Massacre Of The Saxons
  5. Dawning Of A New Age
  6. Let Legend Mark Me As The King
  7. The Betrayal
  8. The Devil's Advocate
  9. The Ultimate Sacrifice
  10. Judgement Day

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Legendary actor Christopher Lee, who has appeared in such cinematic milestones as Lord Of The Rings , Star Wars , The Man With The Golden Gun and Dracula amongst many others, is releasing the Heavy Metal album Charlemagne: The Omens Of Death on 25th May 2013. The singer-actor s first solo affair into the metal genre was the critically acclaimed album, Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross (2010), which was more symphonic than its successor. The Omens of Death, signifies his move into full on Heavy Metal. In an interview with Jamie Stangroom for BBC Radio 5 live Up All Night he said: I was first introduced to metal when I sang with a [band] called RHAPSODY, he said. But what I sang was not heavy metal; I sang with a tenor. Then I worked with MANOWAR as a narrator, I think it was in Germany, and again, that was not me singing metal. I became rather fascinated by this, cause in terms of history of music, it s fairly recent, really. And if it s properly done and you can understand the story and you can understand what the people are singing and you have the right bands and the right singers, I think it s rather exciting. When I was approached to do the first Charlemagne album, By The Sword And The Cross , it is heavy metal, of course, but what I sang was more symphonic. Now on the second one, The Omens Of Death , it is 100 percent heavy metal. I ve done my bits and pieces, and they are heavy metal. I m not screaming or anything like that, but it is definitely 100 percent heavy metal. Lee also spoke about being presented with the Spirit Of Hammer prize by BLACK SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi at Metal Hammer magazine s Golden Gods awards in London in June 2010, Lee said, It was a most amazing occasion for me very exciting and something I d never had happen to me my whole career, my whole life, in terms of awards, he said. I have received quite a few. But I was interviewed, actually in this room, by Tony Iommi, who founded BLACK SABBATH. And I hadn t heard them, but I made it a point [to do so]. [And] I thought it was extraordinary. And then I went to O2 [in London] in front of a fairly large crowd, I would say, all, of course, very young. And I got a greeting, which was really quite amazing. The decibel level was very high. Very high, very high. The music was arranged by Ritchie Faulkner, now the lead guitarist at Judas Priest. In an interview with Peter Hodgson at Guitar Talk, he said: Yeah, that was a really interesting project to work on. Sir Christopher s team sent me some songs that were very orchestral and symphony-based and asked me to arrange them into metal songs.Most of the songs were already there, but they needed riffs, drum parts and musical parts that reflected what the guys wanted which was a metal record with an aim to be played live by a band.The team and Sir Christopher were great and they gave me a free creative reign really for any ideas I felt the songs needed. Some of the tracks didn t have any music at all and were just Sir Christopher singing his melodies. I remember how surreal it was sitting in my place at the time with Saruman blasting out over the speakers! I ve no idea what the neighbors thought!. The album features Guitar Idol Champion Hedras Ramos Jr, who takes over the lead guitar duties from Richie Faulkner.Singers: Christopher Lee as Charlemagne (Ghost) Vincent Richiardi as Young Charlemagne / Phil S.P as Pippin The Short / Mauro Conti as Pope Hadrian / Lydia Salnikova as Hildegrad / Gorgon Tittsworth as Roland / Aaron Cloutier as Duke Lop Musicians: Electric Guitar: Hedras Ramos Jr. / Bass Guitar: Hedras Ramos Sr. / Drums: Ollie Usiskin.


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Vor einiger Zeit, in einem sehr seltenen Moment der Langeweile, schaute ich mal auf der homepage von Christopher Lee vorbei. Er ist einer meiner Lieblingsschauspieler...lernte er mich als Kind doch gehörig das Gruseln (Wickerman, Dracula,...)! Verdutzt nahm ich also zur Kenntnis, daß der mittlerweile 91-jährige nicht nur nach wie vor im Filmgeschäft recht aktiv ist...sondern gar ein heavy-metal-album eingespielt hat! Beim nächsten Einkauf ergab es sich daß dieses Teil im Warenkorb landete...den Spaß konnte ich mir nicht entgehen lassen. Spaß? Von Wegen...das ist alles echt und klingt richtig scharf! Ich muß dazu sagen: Ich mag keine zugekleisterten Rockopern mit schwülstigen Arrangements, tausenden wimmerndern Hintergrundgesängern, Streichergedöns
ohne Ende und all diesen bei ähnlichen Projekten typischen Kram. Hier mal nicht die üblichen Songstrukturen vorzufinden, auch mal Sprechgesang zu hören...kein Problem. „The Omens Of Death“ gefällt mir durchgängig gut, der Einsatz der unterschiedlichen Stimmen hält das Ganze wunderbar zusammen! Da muß ich dann auch die schaurige story nicht unbedingt durchschauen... Dickes Lob an die Macher um Christopher Lee herum, Richie Faulkner(Judas Priest) war hier wohl federführend tätig. Die Geschichte des hardrock/heavy metal muß nicht umgeschrieben werden, aber „Charlemagne“ ist für mich eine recht gelungene CD aus der uralten Rubrik „Metal+Horror“.
Hut ab Sir Lee, das wirkt nicht aufgesetzt und künstlich...wie bei so manch anderen Oldies die sich gerne mal einem anderen Publikum anbiedern...ähhh...öffnen!
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Es wurden mehrere Songs vom Vorgängeralbum genommen und nur härtere Instrumentalparts draufgelegt. Passt oft noch weniger zusammen als schon beim Vorgängeralbum, dem ich gerade noch 4 Sterne gegeben habe. Hier kann ich gerade noch 3 Sterne hergeben. Die Songs, die nicht schon auf dem Vorgängeralbum waren, sind aber besser. Diese wurden eben wohl offensichtlich wirklich von Grund auf für härtere Instrumentalparts geschrieben
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War das erste Charlemagne-Werk noch innovativ und stimmig, stimmt hier gar nichts mehr. Das Album wirkt wie eine Zusammensetzung aus Rezitation und harter Musik, die aber zusammen nur Murks ergeben. Ein Hörgenuss ist dieses Album sicher nicht. Zum Inhalt kann ich nicht viel sagen, da ich den Text nicht vorliegen habe.
Dieses Album hätte sich Christopher Lee lieber sparen sollen.
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War leider offenbar ein Missverständnis, da ich dasselbe nicht in 8 verschiedenen Sprachen brauche,
dachte, es handelt sich um eine Album-CD.
Schade.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Sir Christopher reminds me of a baritone Iron Maiden 18. Oktober 2013
Von Gearald Becker - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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The multitalented Sir Christopher Lee has surprised me again with his achievements: not only is he the world's most famous vampire, a Hebridean cult leader, a Bond villain, and a Sith lord, he's a heavy-metal rockstar too!

This album impressed me more than his first Charlemagne volume, <i>By the Sword and the Cross</i>. It completes his epic and operatic telling of the life of one of history's great conquerors; one who not only won battles but also led a (unfortunately short-lived) renaissance of learning and culture with his sponsorship of scholars and scribes from across Europe. But it doesn't ignore the dark side of a king haunted by all the death he's wrought; Lee's Charlemagne tells himself it's justified, but the uncertainty and fear for the state of his own soul is almost palpable.

The musical quality doesn't disappoint either. Lee has a wonderfully rich, deep, classically trained voice which lends itself well to the more "operatic" style of heavy metal vocals, though this album is less symphonic than its predecessor. And with his acting background, he's attracted a talented group of musicians eager to perform their best for one who inspired them to explore the world of fear and darkness that anchors heavy metal. I found <i>The Omens of Death</i> more impressive than Lee's already respectable first metal album. "If it's too loud, you're too old," but at 91, Sir Christopher Lee proves that his age doesn't have to be a hindrance as long as he keeps a mentally "young" attitude, unafraid to expand his already-broad horizons.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Chris has cheered me on many bad days with this record. 7. Oktober 2015
Von Takaho J - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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...As many others also were, I was devastated by the loss ov Sir Christopher Lee this year, & made it a personal mission to make sure nobody ever forgets him, and aquaint the newer generations on what great classic actors were like, for we shall never have another like Lee. He knew the end was coming; and was not afraid at all. Having read the lyrics cover to cover while listening, you can see this. Personally; as a musician I would have made a far more brutal composition for Chris's vocal tracks, and am rather irritated by the guitar players ridiculously hamming up all the lead solos. There's a fine line between being a good guitarist & an obnoxious showoff. I also hate when all the other people presumtuously step in on the vocal tracks; they dont fit well and just shouldnt be there. You have Lee with his deep voice booming, then, outta nowhere, it sounds like a small irish hobbity type fellow is trading off with him, on "Massacre ov Saxons" I just want to choke this guy every time I hear him. Were that track all sung by just Lee, that would be the most awesome song included here. The opening this album presents always puts a smile on my face, however. 'The Portent' is all Chris and the band put together some good chord buildup in tempo that sounds powerful. This goes into 'Charles the Great' which despite some clunky off key composition by once again the Ramos brothers, what they did just dosent go with his vocal Presentation at all, is still a good song since they do a group chorus with Chris, which sounds like Knights in a mead hall singing along with their Lord. Speaking ov which, despite the frightening imagery & artwork, which actually scared some people I showed this to (Church going types) ... this could be considered a Christian metal album. Charlemagne was devout, and the Crusades were a bloody, bitter affair most would rather not speak about or acknowledge as the real history behind Christianity. Rest well, Lord Charlemagne, Lord Christopher Frank Carandini Lee. You will always be an inspiration & a Father figure to me and many many others worldwide. Salute.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Charlemagne's Power and Glory, Brought to You by Theatrical Symphonic Metal! 6. Oktober 2013
Von Kes E. Stephens - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This is a great heavy metal & classic work! Christopher Lee's bass voice & commanding theatrical lyrics shine forth like the golden sun glittering over a sea of guitar distortions. Hail to the Great Emperor Charlemagne! No musical work could have portrayed this better.

Treebeard was literally correct in the Lord of the Rings: "There was a time when Saruman would walk in my woods. But now he has a mind of metal .."
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A worthy purchase, though lacking in some areas 2. Juli 2013
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Christopher Lee returns with yet another album, and this one can actually be called a metal album. It's a lot heavier than By the Sword and the Cross was, though I should point out that it's not an entirely new album. Most of the songs are recycled from the previous album with a new metal sound, rather than the mostly orchestral songs of the previous album.

I have to admit, though; Some of the songs(Let Legend Mark Me As the King or Massacre of the Saxons) were pretty amazing and well done, but other songs (Charles the Great, the remake of Act I from the previous album) seemed a bit off. It sounded as though they cut and pasted the vocal track over the new instrumental track. The vocals seemed to not quite keep up with the new tempo at some points. It's a shame they didn't completely redo the vocals to match the new style. Despite that it was still enjoyable and definitely worth the purchase.
5.0 von 5 Sternen Christopher Lee literally rocks! 7. Februar 2017
Von H. E. Paul - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Excellent album! I've never heard anything quite like this before, but I'm hooked! It's basically the history of Charlemagne set to music with added theatrical dramatization. 2 metal bands, a chorus, various singers and a narrator, and of course one of those singers is CHRISTOPHER LEE!!

If you like a good heavy metal song that also tells a good story, get this!
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