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A Symphonic Black Metal Masterpiece! - 90%

whitefogphantom, May 11th, 2019
Written based on this version: 2006, CD, MetalAgen (Remastered, Slipcase)

Black Countess is one of those extremely talented bands that has unfortunately slipped through the cracks in the underground. For a Russian band that started all the way back in 1998, it feels like this band should be more known. 'Blood, Desire and Dead Nenuphars' is the third Black Countess album that I bought because of the brilliance of songs I heard on Last.fm and YouTube.

One thing that you can tell right away from this album is the influences are crystal clear. I feel the essence of Cradle of Filth, Hecate Enthroned and the British Black Metal scene. The only real difference is this is more focused on fark sexual fantasy. Cradle of Filth played with this idea but Black Countess isn't afraid to show it in full force. This is the first album that shows the true potential of the band. Guitars, keyboard and vocals aren't perfectly mixed but it's so much cleaner than your average basement project. Even though not recorded well, the melodies of the keys and guitars are beautiful. It really drags your mind into another gothic world where horny women and vampires foam free.

The drumming is pretty basic but it's at least a real drummer and not a cheap drum machine. Everything is on beat and flows brilliantly. It's amazing what can be done with such few members (three piece band at the time). This really feels like a 6 piece band!

Bass on this album is not that audible but it flows nicely with everything else in this dark atmosphere. Finally, the vocals soar through the album similar to Dani Filth in Cruelty and the Beast. The vocals are pushed the most forward in the mix - giving the listener an even colder vibe.

In the end, this is a very dark and fantastical album that will make you search for more. If you love cheesy vampire films and the music based around that genre as much as I do, then this release is for you!

- Nick Boisjolie (Phantom)