"Lord of the Rings" wizard wishes you a "heavy metal Christmas" - Reverb

“Hobbit,” “Lord of the Rings” wizard wishes you a “heavy metal Christmas”

Actor, Christopher Lee has released heavy metal covers of Christmas songs. Photo by Filip Singer.

It might have been Harry and the Potters who pioneered “wizard rock,” but 90-year-old actor Christopher Lee is showcasing his own kind of rock with the holiday record “A Heavy Metal Christmas.” Seems there’s more than a few strange characters rocking the metal world lately.

The actor is known for playing the evil, power-hungry wizard Saruman in “The Lord of the Rings” and “Hobbit” film trilogies. His two-song holiday set includes covers of “The Little Drummer Boy” and “Silent Night.” This is not the dark lord’s first foray into the heavy metal world — in 2010 Lee released another heavy metal album called, “Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross.”

Keeping with the overall trend of the “Lord of the Rings” franchise, a sequel to that album is due out in 2013. Here’s hoping he makes it to 91.

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Kelsey Fowler is currently studying nothing music-related at Ithaca College. Help keep her in the loop on Twitter.

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