"This song goes back to 1996. In March of that year, I had written a song called 'Son Of The Dragon' and recorded it as a demo. It was a mid-paced song very much in the vein of the early Countess albums. It had a good chorus but otherwise I didn't think it was all that great so I discarded it and more or less forgot about it.
'Son Of The Dragon' was released in 1997 on the 'Hell's Rock & Roll' EP and we also began playing it live that year. Reactions to the song were excellent and over the years it has become a definite classic. Therefore, when we returned to playing live in 2014, it was obvious that 'Son Of The Dragon' would be part of the set and it was equally obvious the song had to be included on the 'Sermons Of The Infidel' compilation.
Of course, the emphasis in the song is on Vlad's role as a defender of Europe against foreign invaders, but the lyrics also emphasize the many different aspects of Vlad. There is also a throwaway reference to the vampire myth in the lyrics and the final stanza includes a reference to the suggestion that Elizabeth Bathory had Vlad’s blood in her veins (for more on this, see our post on 'The Wrath Of Satan's Whore')."