The official playlist on Spotifyhere. The album has a very distinct sound and some really good songs, the best known of which are undoubtedly 'The Priest Must Die' and 'The Wrath Of Satan's Whore' that have both become classics and are still being played live. Here I went with the former, because it is a great opener - on record as well as live.
Bloed In De Sneeuw'. Read all about this record here. I know some diehard Countess fans still consider this our finest album and though I do not share this opinion, I certainly respect it. As hard as it was to choose a song from this album, I decided to go with 'Fire & Blood' simply because it's a track that I like a lot. The pictures, both on the album cover and in the booklet, were taken at Burg Lockenhaus where Elizabeth Bathory once roamed.
this video. I still like this record a lot and I don't think there is a single weak track on it. For this playlist, I picked 'Today Is A Good Day To Die'. This song is special to me because it has a long history: the first version dates back to 2004. Through the years I wrote and recorded several demo versions, but I was never really satisfied with it. Then sometime in 2015 while we were working on new stuff, Zagan showed me some riffs he had and I immediately realized these would be perfect for this song. So we recorded it for this album and we began playing it live as well.
here where Zagan and myself discuss the creation of this album.
here. There are indeed some cool songs on this record that were eventually played live and a few were even recorded again. For this playlist I chose 'Give Me Your Soul' because it's quite representative for the album and also because this song is somewhat less affected by the bad mix than most of the other tracks.
The official playlist on YouTube
This album is one of the few Countess albums from which not a single song has ever been played live. No specific reason for that - it's simply a matter of having such a vast back catalogue that there are always way too many songs from. The original artwork for the album was provided by Annick Giroux.
Anabasis'. I like most of the many closing epics we have done through the years but this one may be my favourite. I've always enjoyed writing historical lyrics (probably because I grew up listening to Maiden) and this is one that turned out rather well in my opinion. The rather brilliant original artwork was provided by Demonos Sova and this may well be my favourite Countess album cover."