Thursday, December 1, 2016

Countess - The Shining Swords of Hate (2000)

Dutch raw black metal. The Shining Swords of Hate finds Countess constructing expansive, droning, viking metal-like monoliths while maintaining the fuzzy, lo-fi sound and primitive approach for which they're known. Of their many, many albums, I like this one best.

Track listing:
1. Children of the North Star
2. Total War
3. Hate from Hell
4. Te Vuur en Te Zwaard
5. Totenkopf (Satan's Soldaten)
6. When the Raven Flies
7. The Return of Darkness and Evil [Bathory cover]

A sorcery written in blood

If you like this, you should listen to:
Folkvang -
On the Wings of Destiny (2005)
Obscure Lupine Quietus -
Bathing in the Blood of the Moon (2011)


  1. So i found that glanzig and thought i pass it on if anyone is interested.

  2. I was expecting some snooze-inducing "traditional" black metal here but this is actually kinda trippy, like Bathory on some sort of very strong opiate. Great find thank you!

  3. This Countess record is amazing, thank you!

  4. The odd duck of Dutch black metal, such a great album!