Countess are a band from the Netherlands which also have been featured before in this zine that plays an orthodox form of black metal and this is a review of their 2013 ep "Sermons Of the Infidel" which was re-issued by Heidens Hart Records in the year of 2014 and contains unreleased and live tracks that where not on the original.
A very heavy and keyboard orientated sound starts off the album bringing in a very ritualistic and occult feeling to the music and after a minute grim black metal vocals are added into the music and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them and most of the music sticks to mostly a mid paced old school black metal direction.
When solos and leads are added into the music they add more melody into the bands musical style and you can hear a lot of old school metal influences in the bands musical sound while some of the music has a gothic/death rock feeling at times and the keyboards have a very dominant sound throughout the recording.
As the album progresses acoustic guitars can be heard on a couple of the tracks and the bonus songs which where also recorded during the time of the ep also continue the musical style that was presented on that release while one of the songs also shows the band adding in death metal influenced vocals while the main focus remains on a black metal style sound.
Countess sticks to a very mid paced and keyboard orientated style of black metal throughout this recording while also mixing in a lot of traditional metal elements, the production sounds very old school yet professional all at the same time while the lyrics cover Satanism, Paganism, Anti Christianity and Historical Events themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Countess and if you are a fan of this band, you should check out this re-issue. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "I Am The Infidel" "Son Of The Dragon" "City Of Satan" and "Chosen by the Gods". 8 out of 10.