"The creation of 'Aleidis' goes back to September 1993. At the time, I used to hang out with Hammerheart a lot and one time when I was at his place he showed me a book and said there was a cool short story in there that I should read. It was a story about a man who encounters a female vampire named Aleidis and it was indeed a cool story. The story got stuck in my head for a while and I decided to write a song about it.
We had just gotten a new line-up together at the time and with this line-up, we started playing 'Aleidis'. We played the song at at our first gig and in January 1994 it was released on the demo 'The Wolves Awake'.
When the time came to record the second Countess album, it was obvious that 'Aleidis' would be included. In fact, we made it the first 'real' song on the album, straight after the intro. We did make a few changes compared to the demo version: we left off the guitar leads at the beginning and the end, increased the tempo a little and added keyboards to enhance the 'campy old school horror' atmosphere we were going for with this track.
The original version released on 'The Return Of The Horned One'
The new studio version from 2007
Of course, when we assembled a new line-up in 2014, we did include a keyboard player and we eventually decided to give 'Aleidis' another go. We were pleased with the way it sounded when we rehearsed it so we included it in the live set. It has been played live again at most of our shows since."