The actor, who was knighted by the Prince of Wales in October last year, said the album would be called 'Charlemagne: By the Sword And the Cross". It is set to be released in March, with the actor singing and acting alongside a full orchestra, choir, and a large cast of undisclosed guest vocalists.
Admitting it was “pretty unexpected" he said the album, written by Italian producer and composer Marco Sabiu, would be “symphonic metal". “To my surprise and indeed great pleasure, I have suddenly found that there is another string to my bow," the Telegraph quoted him as saying in an online video posted on YouTube.
“My belief is that in March, when this comes out, it"s going to be sensational. There"s a lot of characters in this particular album. A lot. There"s Charlemagne himself of course, which I sing, and then there"s young Charlemagne, Charlemagne"s father, Charlemagne"s brother ... [even] the Pope," he described.
“I am through the Carandini family [his mother''s] actually descended from Charlemagne. It"s fascinating for me that at this stage in my life, people are beginning to look upon me as a metal singer," he added.