Countess is a Dutch band that has been unleashing Orthodox Black Metal upon the world since 1992.
Countess' unique and harsh style of metal, characterized by an uncompromising loyalty to the old Heavy Metal and Black Metal traditions but by no means unoriginal, has certainly gone through changes over the years, but its essence has always remained the same.
The influences of Countess are many and not always obvious. The most important, though, are the old Black Metal legends like Venom, Bathory and Hellhammer and traditional Heavy Metal bands like Manowar and Manilla Road.
In the band's early years Countess managed to play live occasionally, delivering a number of memorable performances in Holland and Germany. Countess has shared the stage with bands such as Barathrum, Ancient Rites, Mortuary Drape and Sabbat from Japan. However, since 1998 the band has not had a full line-up and therefore has not played live anymore.
Being absent from the stage hasn't kept the band from releasing a string of memorable albums since, though. Quite the contrary: the latest Countess outputs "Heilig Vuur" (2004), "Spawn Of Steel" (2005) and "Holocaust Of The God Believers" (2006) have been hailed by many as the band's finest to date.
On November 1st, 2007, the latest Countess album "Blazing Flames Of War" was unleashed upon the world.