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.

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.


May 23, 2013

New EP ‘Sermons Of The Infidel’ to be released June 17

On June 17, Dutch Black Metal veterans Countess will release a new EP entitled ‘Sermons Of The Infidel’. The EP will be exclusively available digitally through the band’s official Bandcamp site.

‘Sermons Of The Infidel’ features 35 minutes of METAL spread over eight tracks: six brand new versions of Countess classics and two new songs. The EP is the first Countess release since 2011’s full-length ‘On Wings Of Defiance’, two tracks of which are featured here in killer new renditions. All songs are exemplary of Countess’ unique blend of first wave Black Metal and traditional Heavy Metal.
 



Track list:
- Hymn To The Gods Of Yore
- Trumpets Of Dawn
- I Am The Infidel
- Sermon Of The Devil Preacher
- Son Of The Dragon
- Child Of The Millennia
- City Of Satan           
- Chosen By The Gods