Since we played the festival in 2014, we weren't planning on playing there again this year. However, things changed when it was announced that Barathrum would play at the festival this year. We have a special relationship with the legendary Finnish band. We were both on Nazgul's Eyrie Productions in the nineties and we did a short tour together, with Sabbat from Japan, back in 1997.
So when Barathrum requested that we would join them at the festival this year, we really couldn't say no. Of course it's quite uncommon for a band to play at the same festival two years in a row so there were some concerns about that. The organization didn't mind, but did ask that we do something special. We agreed that it would not make sense to play basically the same set as the year before and, since the whole thing was becoming nostalgic anyway, we decided to do a set with only songs from 1993-1997, our first 'live era' so to speak.
We rehearsed quite intensively to be able to play all these old songs, most of which we had never played before with this line-up and it all turned out pretty well. The organization was excellent, the sound was great, the place was packed and the audience was very much into the music. A night to remember. What made the show even more special was the fact that during the final song, we were joined on stage by Warhead, who was our drummer in the nineties and played on the 'Hell's Rock & Roll' EP.
A few days before the show we were rehearsing and Zagan started playing 'Countess Bathory'. We hadn't considered playing this song at the show, but we discussed it and decided that if we were going to do an 'old school' set we might as well go all the way and play 'Countess Bathory' too. We then got the idea to ask Warhead to join us for this song. He was immediately enthusiastic and as witnessed by the video, he did a great job. Like he hadn't been away from the Countess kit for all these years. It certainly made an already special show even more unique.
It almost felt like it was 1997 again . . . and since both video and audio recording turned out really well, we decided put the whole show online, for everybody to enjoy whether they were there or not.