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.

November 16, 2018

New singles released

We have released a couple of new digital singles this year: new recordings of classic songs with a few arrangement tweaks and improved production.

A new version of 'The Wrath Of Satan's Whore' was released on April 16. Originally released on 'Ad Maiorem Sathanae Gloriam' in 1995, this song is a definite classic. Read all about the song's history here.

On July 17, a new version of 'Ritual Of The 7 Priests' was released. This song was first released on 'The Return Of The Horned One' in 1994 and, like 'The Wrath Of Satan's Whore', is still a live staple today.

Like the new version of 'Heilig Vuur' we released last year, these new versions are available as free downloads on our official Bandcamp site.

A new version of 'In Hate Of Christ' was released on November 16. Originally released on 'The Book Of The Heretic' in 1996.

Though released in 1996, this song wasn't played live until almost two decades later. Footage is the official video below is from our 2016 shows in Leiden, Liège and Tampere.

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