On February 11th, Dutch metal veterans COUNTESS will release their long-awaited new full-length album, entitled ‘Banners Of Blood’.
‘Banners Of Blood’ is the band’s sixteenth full-length and features twelve tracks of uncompromising metal music, blending first wave Black Metal and traditional Heavy Metal in a way only Countess can.
The albums features two songs in Dutch and, for the first time, a song in Russian: ‘Ledovoye Poboishche’ (‘Battle On The Ice’) tells the story of Alexander Nevsky’s great victory over the crusader knights in 1242 CE.
The new album also marks the first appearance on a Countess full-length of guitarist Valgard and keyboardist Häxa.
Fans can get a first taste of the new album as of today. A digital single has been released for the song ‘Last Man Of Honour’. This song was inspired by the life of Saigo Takamori, who is often considered to have been the last true samurai and who was born on this day in 1828 CE. The single is available on all major platforms such as Spotify, Apple Music and Deezer and as well as a free download on the band’s official Bandcamp site.
The album’s full track list:
- Sword Of The Millennia
- Below The Sky
- Wall Of The North
- Ledovoye Poboishche
- Night Of The Fallen
- Banners Of Blood
- Pagan Man
- Fall Of The Achaemenid Empire
- Slachting Der Saksen
- Last Man Of Honour
- Toortsen Uit Het Verleden
- Sword Symphony
Countess is a Dutch band that has been unleashing metal music upon the world since 1992, releasing sixteen full-length albums along the way. Countess’ unique style of metal is characterized by an uncompromising loyalty to the old Heavy Metal and Black Metal traditions. The most important influences of Countess are the old Black Metal legends like Venom, Bathory and Hellhammer and traditional Heavy Metal bands like Manowar and Manilla Road. In 2014 the band returned to the stage after a long absence, delivering impressive performances at a selection of prestigious metal festivals in the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark and Finland. Countess currently consists of Orlok (vocals and bass), Valgard (guitars), Mortüüm (drums) and Häxa (keyboards).