Netherlands's Countess have returned with a new album that continues the old school orthodox black/heavy metal style of previous recordings and this is a review of their self released 2016 album "Fires Of Destiny".
Atmospheric sounding keyboards start off the album along with some heavy guitars and you can also hear all of the musical instruments that are present on the recording while the riffs also use a decent amount of melody and after awhile the music goes into a very fast and raw black metal direction that uses a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats.
Vocals are mostly grim black metal screams and the songs bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and the riffs also bring in a great amount of traditional metal influences while the black metal elements are more rooted in the 90's second wave style and they also mix both the keyboard and heavy parts together.
When guitar solos and leads are utilized they remain true to a melodic yet old school direction and as the album progresses classical guitars and clean playing can be heard in certain sections of the recording and the songs also bring in a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and some of the tracks bring in back up vocals and the last track is very long and epic in length.
Countess creates another album that remains true to the keyboard orientated black/heavy metal style of previous recordings, the production sounds very raw and old school while the lyrics are written in a mixture of Dutch and English and cover European History, Germanic Paganism, Occultism and Anti Religion themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Countess and if you are a fan of this band, you should enjoy this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Fly The Battle Flag" "Rise Of the Horned One" "Choir Of The Valkyries" and "See The Ravens Fly". 8 out of 10.