A Bloody Soundtrack to Countess Elizabeth Báthory | Playlist
One of the rare female serial killers, who happened to be royalty, a number of songs have been written about the ‘Blood Countess,’ Elizabeth Báthory.
Countess Elizabeth Báthory was something else – a hot mess to say the least. Safe to say, the Blood Countess wasn’t playing around when it came to murder. As History tells it, “her bloodthirsty activities have led many to cite her as one of the first vampires in history.” Despite being part of a family that included royalty, the same family also included dysfunction beyond the countess herself. Her status allowed her to be prolific, but as with all serial killers, they make mistakes – even royalty. After feeding on the lowest females in society, she began to expand into those with status. That was a no-no.
A lot has been written about the Countess, but we won’t expound upon her crimes here. Our purpose? Compile and analyze a bloody soundtrack about Elizabeth. There have been lots of songs written or inspired by her. Why? Perhaps it’s because she’s one of the earliest serial killers. Maybe it’s because she’s the rare female serial killer. Another possiblilty? Her influence, as bad as it is, transcended her death in her fifties. How many horror films, novels, and so on have been based on her perverseness and cruelty? Lots. Here is a bloody soundtrack, compiled mostly of metal, for Countess Elizabeth Báthory.
Album: World Painted Blood, 2009
Veteran metal collective Slayer are perfectly suited to provide a soundtrack for the Countess, in all her hellishness. From the jump, Slayer addresses her love for bathing in the blood of her victims:
“It’s the feel of your blood / As it flows smoothly down my skin / Intoxicating my soul / Immortality, seducing me.”
The song continues on in chilling fashion, always highlighting the “vampirical,” cold nature of Báthory.
“Frozen in time is the ice flowing in your veins / Are you insane? / At your mercy, they suffered while you sat there painless / vile and shameless.”
There’s more of course, as Slayer brings biting to play (“Biting the flesh, face my sick prelude / Now meet your frozen death”), as well as her status in society (“Murder is my birthright the bloodline proves aristocracy / Walled in, left for dead, your actions show no hypocrisy”). “Beauty Through Order” appeared on another playlist from our serial killer series, 18 Chilling Songs About Serial Killers | Playlist.
Album: 1614, 2012
“Beware! You don’t know what I’ve seen, what she hides in her / Chamber below / Beware of the devil enchantress / /Every thought will bring you despair / Her thaumaturgy is stronger than you’ll ever know.”
Swedish metal band Opera Diabolicus, like Slayer, also tackle Countess Elizabeth Báthory. The collective doesn’t merely focus on just one song, but dedicates an entire album, 1614. The main attraction is “Blood Countess Bathory,” in all its hellishness. Throughout its course, Opera Diabolicus do a superb job capturing her twistedness.
“Thy deeds are over, we’ve torn down your gate / The trial has begun, your accomplices arraigned / Blood on the wall, blood on the floor / For what they have done their heads are going to roll / Blood on the wall, blood on her hands / No words passed your lips but silence means yes / Gone are dreams, return to me / Can’t you see I’m Countess Báthory / Countess Báthory.”
“Blood Countess Bathory” appeared on another playlist from our serial killer series, 18 Chilling Songs About Serial Killers | Playlist.
Album: Cruelty and the Beast, 1998
“Hear me now / All crimes should be treasured / If they bring thee pleasure somehow.” What a way to open things up, Cradle of Filth. Rather than dedicating only one song to the Blood Countess, Cradle of Filth dedicates an album with Cruelty and the Beast.
Focusing on “Cruelty Brought Thee Orchids,” clearly, Elizabeth Báthory is the star of the show. Poetic language characterizes her as both a woman of status and one chocked-full of hellishness.
“Midst the whirl and daylight fauna / Of society at court / Elizabeth bedazzled, her presence sought applause / Though her torch lit shadow / Thrown upon damp cellar walls / Greeted nothing but despair / From slaves her nights enthralled.”
There’s more poetry – dark poetry of course.
“And to her dead reflection / ‘Twas as if her pallor gleamed / Like an angel’s warmed by candles / Where erotic stains had cleaved / Demons dragged this libertine / Lusts creaming for release / Upon the anointed flesh of maidens preened / As canvas for caprice.”
Album: Enter the Grave, 2007
English thrash metal band Evile don’t fuck play around. Formed in 2004, the band was previously known as Metal Militia. Elizabeth Báthory gets a fitting soundtrack from them on “Bathe in Blood.” It seems as if the jagged, biting guitars never let up. The assertive lead vocals of Matt Drake, fueled by angst, capture the bloodlust of Báthory superbly. A frenetic pace midway through “Bathe in Blood” exemplifies the craziness and perverse mindset of the Countess. The lyrics, furthermore, paint the picture of a truly sick killer.
“Kill, bathe in blood of the pure / Fresh youthful meat / No hope of feeling from me / Your death will be sweet / Drained of your freedom and life / Stripped of your will / I’ll keep you bleeding for me / You are my thrill.”
Of course, there’s more:
“Terror on your deathly face / Blood spills from your wounds / Fate has sentence you to death / Your gift I consume / Victim of violent torture / What was yours is now mine / I tear the beauty from your flesh / I feed on the divine.”
Album: Ad Maiorem Sathanae Gloriam, 1995
On “The Wrath of Satan’s Whore,” Countess is in no rush. Who is Countess? A Dutch black metal band that was formed in 1992. “The Wrath of Satan’s Whore” appeared on their 1995 album, Ad Maiorem Sathanae Gloriam, which translates in English as To the Greater Glory of Satan. How Mephistophelean and Satanic of them.
An extended instrumental intro, establishes mysteriousness; it’s foreboding to say the least. Then, the true “Wrath of Satan’s Whore” is unveiled, thanks to the coarse, harsh vocals of frontman Orlok. If the introduction had a radiance despite its enigmatic nature, in Orlok’s hands, things become morbid to say the least. There’s certainly a lack of melody…
“More than six times a hundred maidens fair / Lured into the countess’ castle unaware / Dark lady of Hungary obsessed by blood / The virgins trapped in Hell cries in vain to God.”