Countess is a Dutch band that has been unleashing metal music upon the world since 1992. Countess’ unique and harsh style of metal, characterized by an uncompromising loyalty to the old Heavy Metal and Black Metal traditions but by no means unoriginal, has certainly gone through changes over the years, but its essence has always remained the same.
The most important influences of Countess are the old Black Metal legends like Venom, Bathory and Hellhammer and traditional Heavy Metal bands like Manowar and Manilla Road. Since 1993, Countess has released fourteen full-length albums. Most recently, the band unleashed the album 'Ancient Lies And Battle Cries' on April 9th 2014.

December 14, 2014

Newsletter midwinter 2014


As the year draws to a close, we can conclude that 2014 has been a memorable year for Countess. There were several new releases and re-releases and we returned to the stage after an absence of more than sixteen years . . . in this newsletter we’ll take a look at some key events from the past year and we’re announcing a special midwinter sale.

MIDWINTER SALE: 15% OFF EVERYTHING
If you place an order at our webstore between now and December 31st, simply use midwinter as your discount code and you’ll get 15% off your entire order!

SERMONS OF THE INFIDEL: A COLLECTION OF CLASSICS

In November, we released ‘Sermons Of The Infidel’, a selection of 15 songs from Countess' past. These tracks were selected by the band and all - save two live songs - were recorded again specifically for this album. Two of these songs have never been released on CD before.
Eight songs were released in 2013 as a digital-only EP. Due to popular demand, we decided to release a physical version as well. The original tracks have been remixed and remastered and seven tracks have been added: five more new versions of Countess classics and two live tracks.




RETURN TO THE STAGE: SUCCESFUL FESTIVAL APPEARANCES

This year, Countess performed live again for the first time since 1997. A new line-up was formed early in 2014 and in the remainder of the year we did several successful shows at a selection of festivals: ‘Veneration Of The Dead’ in Holland, ‘Under The Black Sun’ in Germany, ‘Metal Magic’ in Denmark, ‘Witches Wrath’ in Germany and ‘Black Flames Of Blasphemy’ in Finland.


THE GOSPEL OF THE HORNED ONE: RE-RELEASE ON CD AND LP

In October, the legendary first Countess album was re-released by New Era Productions and Heidens Hart. The CD is almost an exact duplicate of the original album, save for enhanced quality cover art and two bonus tracks. The LP has been carefully optimized for vinyl format, so it sounds fuller and better, but not drastically different. The LP also comes with two inserts and is limited to 500 hand numbered copies.






NEW WEBSITE LAUNCHED: COUNTESSMETAL.COM
In August, we launched a brand new website. The site features the band’s history, releases, images, videos, store and more. You can also find the lyrics to all our albums there.

In April, the long-awaited new Countess album was released by Barbarian Wrath. Our fourteenth full-length, the record features ten tracks of uncompromising metal, blending first wave Black Metal and traditional Heavy Metal in a way only Countess can. Here’s what some reviews had to say about the album:

“The songs remain absurdly catchy and the tracks have an astounding amount of depth and longevity in them for relatively simple compositions. This is the joy and the gift of Metal in the hands of masters.” (Wonderbox Metal)


“Real songs!!! You can tell them apart, you feel something while listening to them and you remember you have listened to them. That, the precious thing most musicians forgot about while trying to be smart, that thing is here.” (Funereal Drone)

“I personally love it.  Every track on here is amazing and this should be a modern classic.  Ah, well, I'll just spin it a few thousand times myself!” (The Third Of The Storms)

According to the Heavy Metal Saloon, the song ‘Call Of The Ancient Pantheon’ is one of this year’s fifteen best songs.


FOLLOW COUNTESS ON SOCIAL MEDIA
We maintain an official presence on several so-called social media, including Facebook, Twitter and Google+, where you can follow us for all the latest news and updates concerning Countess. We also have an official YouTube channel full of exclusive videos.

November 07, 2014

'Sermons Of The Infidel' CD released: an exclusive collection of re-recorded classics

'Sermons Of The Infidel' contains a selection of 15 songs from Countess' past. These tracks were selected by the band and all - save two live songs - were recorded again specifically for this album, throughout 2013 and 2014.
Eight of these tracks were released in 2013 as a digital-only EP. Due to popular demand, the band decided to release a physical version as well. The original eight tracks have been remixed and remastered and seven tracks have been added: five more new versions of Countess classics - including a Manilla Road cover - and two live songs, recorded at the 'Metal Magic' festival in Denmark this year.

Though not an anthology in the strictest sense, this record does include many highlights from the band's extensive discography. It is therefore a perfect record for those who aren't familiar with Countess yet to get a first taste of the band's unique take on metal.
'Sermons Of The Infidel' is released exclusively as a sealed digipak with an 8-page booklet. The album is out now and available from the band, Heidens Hart and New Era Productions.

To get a taste of the album, check out this video for the new version of 'Bloed In De Sneeuw':

This perhaps Countess' most well-known song as well as the first-ever Black Metal song with lyrics in Dutch. The original version was released on the band's sophomore album twenty years ago.

April 09, 2014

'Ancient Lies And Battle Cries' out now

March 05, 2014

New album to be released April 9th

On April 9, Dutch Black Metal legends COUNTESS will release their long-awaited new full-length album, entitled ‘Ancient Lies And Battle Cries' through the band's long-time label Barbarian Wrath.


'Ancient Lies And Battle Cries', the band's fourteenth full-length, features ten tracks of uncompromising METAL, blending first wave Black Metal and traditional Heavy Metal in a way only COUNTESS can. The result of almost three years of writing and recording, 'Ancient Lies' will surely satisfy all those who long for the days when Black Metal was still METAL.

Fans can get a first taste of the new record as of today. A video has been released for the song 'Call Of The Ancient Pantheon' through the band's official YT channel:


The album's full track list:

1. Battle Sky
2. Call Of The Ancient Pantheon
3. By Hammer And Blood
4. Vengeance Of The Slain
5. Beneath The Eye Of Wisdom
6. Confessions Of A Polytheist
7. Pray For The Cult
8. Cursed Seed Of Aten
9. Burn The Throne
10. The Last Temple

February 16, 2014

The Wrath Of Satan's Whore (live 96)

This song was an instant classic and still is a favourite among many COUNTESS fans. It was a regular in the band's live set and thus it was also included on the unreleased live album we recorded in 1996. This clip uses the audio from the live album, but video footage from another show (Berlin in the same year).

 

The creation of this song goes back to October 1994, when we had just wrapped up the recording of the second album and I took a trip to Regensburg to deliver the master tape to Opyros, who would release it on NEP. Opyros had the idea to shoot pictures for the album at one of Elizabeth Bathory's castles, Burg Lockenhaus. Of course, I liked the idea so we drove to Lockenhaus, currently located in Austria on the Hungarian border. When we were there, we spoke to people in the village below who still believe Elizabeth haunts the castle at night . . . this castle itself is somewhat of a museum nowadays and was easily accessible. It was a pretty weird feeling walking around the place wearing paint, though. We took a ton of pictures, several of which would end up in the booklet of the second album.

June 30, 2013

'I Am The Infidel' shirt available now

Heavy 100% cotton black shirt with white print on both sides. Available sizes: M, L, XL and XXL. Available here.