Among the first Dutch black metal bands in the early nineties, Countess have always set themselves apart from other bands by a fierce loyalty to their old school influences. For two and a half decades, while fashions came and went, Countess stayed true to their vision and thus earned a worldwide cult status in the metal underground.

In spite of their sworn allegiance to metal orthodoxy, Countess have never shied from innovation. In 1994 they created the first black metal song with Dutch lyrics (Bloed In De Sneeuw) and in 1997 were among the first bands to take a rocking approach to the genre (Hell's Rock & Roll).

Over the course of 25 years and 15 full-length albums, Countess' sound has evolved from the raw black metal of the early releases towards a more traditional heavy metal-influenced style. The band's most recent offering, Fires Of Destiny in 2016, being a powerful example of a seamless integration of heavy and black metal elements.

In 2014 the band returned to the stage after a long period of not having played live. Since then, Countess have performed impressive shows at numerous prestigious metal festivals in their own country, Belgium, Germany, Denmark and Finland.

The core of Countess consists of long-time members Orlok (vocals, bass) and Zagan (guitars) who both have been involved with the project since the nineties. They were recently joined by Mortüüm (drums, 2015) and Häxa (keyboards, 2016) to complete what is probably the band's strongest formation to date.

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.

Full track list:

1. Hymn To The Gods Of Yore
2. Trumpets Of Dawn
3. I Am The Infidel
4. Child Of The Millennia
5. Son Of The Dragon
6. Sermon Of The Devil Preacher
7. Alone Against The World
8. Thermopylae
9. City Of Satan
10. Chosen By The Gods
11. Chapel Of Doom
12. Bloed In De Sneeuw
13. The Veils Of Negative Existence
14. Feuer Und Blut (live)
15. Hell's Rock & Roll (live)