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.

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Metal, Heavy Metal, Black Metal
Classic song about Elizabeth Bathory, recorded live in 1996.
by Countess
Released 2 years ago
Metal, Heavy Metal, Black Metal
The title track from Countess' 1997 EP.
by Countess
Released 2 years ago
Metal, Heavy Metal, Black Metal
Classic song about Vlad The Impaler, originally released in 1997. This new version was released on the compilation Sermons Of The Infidel on November 7, 2014.
by Countess
Released 2 years ago
Metal, Heavy Metal, Black Metal
New version of this song, released on the compilation Sermons Of The Infidel on November 7, 2014.
by Countess
Released 2 years ago
Metal, Heavy Metal, Black Metal
Originally released in 1994, this is generally acknowledged as the first black metal song with Dutch lyrics. This new version was released on the compilation Sermons Of The Infidel on November 7, 2014.
by Countess
Released 2 years ago
Metal, Heavy Metal, Black Metal
New version of this song, released on the compilation Sermons Of The Infidel on November 7, 2014.
by Countess
Released 2 years ago
Metal, Heavy Metal, Black Metal
From the album Ancient Lies And Battle Cries, released April 9, 2014.
by Countess
Released 2 years ago
Metal, Heavy Metal, Black Metal
The title track from Countess' 2016 album, released June 30.
by Countess
Released 2 years ago
Metal, Heavy Metal, Black Metal
From the album Ancient Lies And Battle Cries, released April 9, 2014.
by Countess
Released 2 years ago
Metal, Heavy Metal, Black Metal
New version of the title track from Countess' classic 2004 album. Released September 28, 2017.