Christopher Lee, best known for his role as Saruman in The Lord Of The Rings movies, is releasing a metal record. Charlemagne: The Omens Of Death is actually his second hard-edged LP, and his second record devoted to the life of Charlemagne, the one-time Holy Roman Emperor. Lee tells The Guardian that will be “100 percent heavy metal,” and that while he’s “not screaming or anything,” it will definitely be a step further into the darkness compared to 2010’s Charlemagne: By The Sword And The Cross, which he describes as more “symphonic.”

Recorded with Judas Priest guitarist Richie Faulkner, Charlemagne: The Omens Of Death features tracks like “The Portent” and “The Devil’s Advocate” and will be released next week, just in time for Lee’s 91st birthday. Rock ‘n’ roll.