Countess is a 1 man band from The Netherlands that plays a very raw, primitive and atmospheric form of Orthodox Black Metal and this is a review of their 1995 album "The Return Of The Horned One" which was released by Nazgul's Eyrie Productions.
Drum programming ranges from slow, mid paced to fast beats, while the keyboards bring a very dark, ritualistic and atmospheric feel to the music, as for the bass playing has a very, dark and powerful tone with some very primitive black metal riffing being used throughout the recording.
Rhythm guitars range from slow, mid paced to fast black metal riffs that are very raw, primitive and simplistic with one song having somewhat of a punk rock feel while the lead guitars are very primitive sounding black metal guitar leads when they are utilized, as for the acoustic guitars they are only utilized briefly on a couple of songs and have a very dark and primitive sound to them.
Vocals are mostly high pitched black metal screams with some deep growls being thrown in at times as well as a spoken word ritualistic passage being used on a couple of songs, while the lyrics cover Satanism, Occultism and Rituals, as for the production it has a very dark, raw and primitive feel to it.
In my opinion Countess are very very good, raw and primitive atmospheric Orthodox Black Metal band and if you are a fan of this style, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Aleidis" "Ritual Of The 7 Priests" "The Wolf Cries Evil" and "Bloed In De Sneeuw". RECOMMENDED BUY.