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.

December 15, 2016

Newsletter midwinter 2016

As the year draws to a close, we can conclude that 2016 has been another memorable year for Countess. We released a new album and our second album was released on vinyl 22 years after its original release . . . in this newsletter we’ll take a look at some key events from the past year and we’re announcing a special midwinter sale.

Midwinter sale: 20% off everything

If you place an order at our webstore between now and December 31st, simply use midwinter as your discount code and you’ll get 20% off your entire order!

New album 'Fires Of Destiny'

In June, we released our new album 'Fires Of Destiny'. Our fifteenth full-length, the record features ten tracks of uncompromising metal, blending first wave Black Metal and traditional Heavy Metal in a way only Countess can. The album is available everywhere, including BandcampiTunesSpotify and YouTube.

The album received a great response from numerous reviewers:

"easily one of the best metal albums of 2016. I’m not kidding" (Underground Siege)

"Countess embody the joy and gift of pure metal, and this album is a must listen" (Wonderbox Metal)

"ten tracks of unfashionable, but stirring metal" (The Sound Not The Word)

A short film documenting the creation of our new album.

Special live shows

In July, we played our first show in Belgium at the Radiant Art festival and in October we returned to Finland to headline the Tampere Black Mass II. This picture is from the Odium Nostrum festival in Utrecht.

Vinyl release of 'The Return Of The Horned One'

In September, our legendary second album was released on vinyl by New Era Productions and Heidens Hart.

Read all about this legendary album in this blog post.

Fires Of Destiny Over Europe 2017

In February next year, we will hit the road with Barathrum and Blackdeath, almost exactly twenty years after our tour with Barathrum and Sabbat:

23/2 Le Klub, Paris
24/2 Het Bos, Antwerp
25/2 Helvete, Oberhausen
26/2 Willemeen, Arnhem

Anyone interested in booking us in 2017 can contact us at

Häxa joins Countess

In June, following the departure of Herjann, Häxa joined Countess as the band's new keyboard player (picture taken at the Radiant Art festival).

Follow us on social media

We maintain an official presence on several so-called social media, including Facebook and Twitter, where you can follow us for all the latest news and updates concerning Countess. You can also follow us on Spotify and subscribe to our official YouTube channel, where you can find almost our entire discography as well as numerous exclusive clips.