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Crystal Viper

Formed: 2003
From: Katowice, Poland
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Crystal Viper News

Below is our complete Crystal Viper news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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No Compromise Metal Fest Announces 2014 Lineup

The No Compromise Metal Festival will take place at La Louvière in Belgium on September 6th, 2014. The lineup will include Crystal Viper, Elvenstorm, Diabolic Night, Sepulchral Voices, and more. Details are available in the promo poster below, or over at the festival's Facebook profile here.

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Crystal Viper Releases New Video

"Prophet Of The End" - the brand new video clip from the Polish female-fronted heavy metal act Crystal Viper - can be seen below.

The song is taken from band's forthcoming studio album "Possession," which will be released on Friday the 13th this coming December via AFM Records. Vocalist/guitraist Marta Gabriel also comments on the track:

"This is probably the most unusual song I ever wrote, I sometimes think it's even best song I ever composed. We decided to film video clip for it, as it's different than everything Crystal Viper did in the past. So while people expect straight heavy metal from us, and as we of course deliver such tracks on the new album, this song shows we didn't say last word as a band yet. While working on this video clip, we wanted to achieve similar atmosphere to this one from 'Paranormal Activity' movies, or from the 'Fourth Kind' with Milla Jovovich, and basically reveal something from the story told on the album. We filmed this clip in Germany with guys from the 3D Maximal company, I think they did a great job and the final result is really cool!"

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Zeta Reticuli
2. Voices In My Head
3. Julia Is Possessed
4. Fight Evil With Evil
5. Mark Of The Horned One
6. Why Can't You Listen?
7. You Will Die You Will Burn
8. We Are Many
9. Prophet Of The End
CD bonus track: 10. Thundersteel (RIOT cover song)
LP bonus track: 10. Night Prowler (2013) More...

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Crystal Viper Posts Additional Details On New LP

Polish traditional metal act Crystal Viper revealed the track listing and other details about the upcoming new album "Possession." The album is set for release on December 13th via AFM Records as a CD, limited edition LP and a digital download. On November 29th, the band will release the video clip for the new track "Prophet of the End."

"This is probably the most unusual song I ever wrote, I sometimes think it's even best song I ever composed. We decided to film video clip for it, as it's different than everything Crystal Viper did in the past. So while people expect straight heavy metal from us, and as we of course deliver such tracks on the new album, this song shows we didn't say last word as a band yet" says vocalist and guitarist Marta Gabriel. "While working on this video clip, we wanted to achieve similar atmosphere to this one from "Paranormal Activity" movies, or from the "Fourth Kind" with Milla Jovovich, and basically reveal something from the story told on the album. We filmed this clip in Germany with guys from the 3D Maximal company, I think they did a great job and the final result is really cool!" she adds.

"Possession" will include the following tracks:

1. Zeta Reticuli
2. Voices In My Head
3. Julia Is Possessed
4. Fight Evil With Evil
5. Mark Of The Horned One
6. Why Can't You Listen?
7. You Will Die You Will Burn
8. We Are Many
9. Prophet Of The End More...

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Crystal Viper Offers Free Single For Halloween

Crystal Viper - featuring guitarist/frontwomen Marta Gabriel - is offering the band's new single "Fight Evil With Evil" as a Halloween treat for metalheads. It features a guest vocal appearance from Harry "The Tyrant" Conklin (Jag Panzer). The song can be downloaded for free at this location.

The song appears on the band's upcoming new album "Possession," which is out on December 13th via AFM Records.

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Crystal Viper To Release Halloween Single

Polish female-fronted heavy metal act Crystal Viper will release a special Halloween single on October 31st, titled "Fight Evil With Evil."

The song features the American singer Harry Conklin (Jag Panzer, Satan's Host), and will be available as a free download from AFM Records and directly through the band.

"Possession," Crystal Viper's brand new studio album, will also be released on December 13th via AFM Records as a CD, limited edition LP, and a digital download. "Possession" is once again a concept effort, and was once again produced by Bart Gabriel. More...

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Crystal Viper Unveils "Possession" Artwork

"Possession," the brand new studio album of Polish metal act Crystal Viper, will be released on Friday, December 13, 2013, via AFM Records, as a CD, limited edition LP and digital download. the front cover artwork - created by Polish artist of RPG and board games, Michal Oracz - can be seen below. The cover includes many details of the album's story, once again a conceptual release like "Crimen Excepta" (see review here).

With "Possession" (which was produced again by Bart Gabriel, husband of vocalist/guitarist Marta Gabriel) - the band decided to cross the borders of traditional heavy Mmtal, and while the fast and melodic songs bring references to such classic bands as Judas Priest, Black Sabbath with Ronnie James Dio or Jag Panzer, the epic and dark parts bring comparisons to acts such as Candlemass, Mercyful Fate and even Bathory.

The band again invited members of other bands to sing guest parts on new album: the song "Fight Evil With Evil" features Harry Conklin (Jag Panzer, Titan Force, Satan's Host), "Julia Is Possessed" feature the growls of Sataniac (Desaster). One song contains the "screams" of 50 fans of the band, who were invited via the band's official Facebook page. Crystal Viper is also known from one more tradition: recording cover songs of their favorite artists. The limited vinyl LP version of "Possession" will include hidden surprise track and the regular CD version will include cover version of the Riot classic "Thundersteel." More...

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Crystal Viper Announces Guest Musician

Crystal Viper will be releasing new album "Possession" later this year via AFM Records. The band has now issued the following brief announcement about a guest musician appearing on the release:

"We are honored to introduce one more special guest on the new Crystal Viper album. Ladies and gentleman, from the very depths of hell... Sataniac of Desaster!"

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Crystal Viper Announces New Album Title; Date

Polish metal band Crystal Viper revealed that the follow up to 2012's "Crimen Excepta" (see review here) will be entitled "Possesssion." The album is set for release on December 13th via AFM Records.

Currently, the band is laying down the drum tracks for the album. In addition, the band is still accepting your screams to be used on the release. More details on "Possession" are expected soon. More...

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Crystal Viper Seeking Fan Screams For New Album

Polish female-fronted heavy metal act Crystal Viper is working on a fifth studio album, which will have its premiere on December 13th via AFM Records. The band has now announced a surprise for fans: everyone can be a special guest on the new album! Crystal Viper comments:

"It seems people really enjoy concept albums we do, so our next release will be concept album as well, but more twisted you all can imagine! Inviting special guests that were recording with us is already kind of tradition for Crystal Viper, but this time we decided to go one step further, and we decided to invite people who are most important for us, people who give us energy and strength to continue: our fans!

"Here's the deal: we want to have YOUR scream on the next Crystal Viper album! How to do it? Simply record yourself screaming: use your Iphone, smartphone, computer, or any other recording device you can find, and send mp3 or wav file with the recording to mail@skolrecords.com - just type 'CRYSTAL VIPER SCREAM' in the subject line, and don't forget to tell us your full name, as you will be listed in the booklet of the next Crystal Viper album as a special guest!"

Fans can submit their recordings until August 15th, 2013. For more info, head over to the band's Facebook profile here.

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Crystal Viper Comments On Festival Cancellation

Crystal Viper has issued the following statement about canceling the band's appearance at the Princess From Hell 2013 festival:

"Sad news from our booking agency: the Crystal Viper show at Princess From Hell Festival planned for March 3 in Buenos Aires has been canceled.

"We don't have further news about other bands and we don't know if the festival will happen (we just know Edenbridge canceled as well) - but we know it was impossible to contact the promoter for the last couple of months, and he also didn't fulfill any contract obligations, didn't book the flights, nor even started to sell tickets for the festival.

"We are very sorry, especially as it's the first ever Crystal Viper show that has been canceled. We are doing our best to visit Argentina & other South American countries this, promoters: get in touch!"

Edenbridge also recently commented via Facebook: "Buenos Aires show cancelled! Unfortunately we had to cancel our show in Buenos Aires scheduled for March 1, 2013. The promoter Antonio Ramon Maza from AKA Fictionmetalpress has not fulfilled any parts of the contract. The concert seemingly wasn't announced anywhere, there were no tickets for sale and flight tickets and advance payment was not provided right in time. We are very sorry for our fans in Argentina."

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AFM Records Releasing New Compilation

The AFM Records label compilation "All For Metal" now continues with part 3. This time "All For Metal III" includes 26 video clips on DVD and a bonus CD with 15 tracks. The compilation will see release on November 30th, 2012 and the track listing is:

DVD
01. Orden Ogan - The Things We Believe In
02. U.D.O. - Leatherhead
03. Kissin’ Dynamite - Money, Sex & Power
04. Masterplan - Time To Be King
05. Heavenly - Fullmoon
06. Shakra - Back On Track
07. The Last Vegas - Evil Eyes
08. Morton - Weeping Bell
09. Triosphere - Marionette
10. Brainstorm - In These Walls
11. Iron Mask - God Punishes, I Kill
12. Crystal Viper - Witch’s Mark
13. At Vance - Facing Your Enemy
14. Wolfpakk - Reptiles Kiss
15. Sinner - Back On Trail
16. Oz - Dominator
17. Elvenking - The Loser
18. Nightmare - Sunrise In Hell
19. Epysode - Obsessions
20. Stahlmann - Tanzmaschine
21. A Life Divided - Heart On Fire
22. Eisbrecher - Eiszeit
23. The Murder Of My Sweet - Unbreakable
24. Lake Of Tears - House Of The Setting Sun
25. The New Black - The King I Was
26. Lyriel - Leverage
27. All Hail The Yeti - The Art Of Mourning
28. Black Messiah - Windloni
29. Ektomorf - The One
30. Solution .45 - Gravitational Lensing
31. Fear Factory - The Industrialist
32. Ministry - Ghouldiggers
33. Suidakra - Dowth 2059
34. Korzus - Truth
35. Onslaught - The Sound Of Violence
36. Tankard - Rules For Fools More...

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Crystal Viper Releases New Music Video

Crystal Viper has released a new music video for "Witch's Mark," which is taken from the band's latest album "Crimen Excepta," release via AFM Records. Check out the music video below. The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Witch's Mark
2. Child of the Flame
3. It's Your Omen
4. Crimen Excepta
5. Medicus Animarum
6. The Spell of Death
7. Hope Is Gone, Here's New Law
8. Fire Be My Gates
9. Tyrani Piekiel (Vader cover)
10. Ghosts of Sherwood More...

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Crstyal Viper Offering Song As Free Download

Polish female-fronted traditional heavy metal act Crystal Viper will release new album, "Crimen Excepa," in Europe on April 27th. The concept effort about holy inquisition, black magic and witches, where fiction is mixed with historical facts, was produced by Bart Gabriel.

The new song "Medicus Animarum" is available for free download now for short time through AFM Records by clicking here.

Marta Gabriel of Crystal Viper will be special guest of the Keep It True Festival (27 & 28.04.2012, Lauda-Konigshofen, Germany). She will be signing the new album & free Crystal Viper posters at the Gabriel Management/Skol Records booth.

"Crimen Excepta" will feature two special guests: David Bower, vocalist of Hell will appear in the title track, while Vader mainman Piotr "Peter" Wiwczarek will be heard in the cover version of the Vader song "Tyrani Piekiel," which will be available as the bonus track on the limited edition of the album. More...

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Crystal Viper Comments On Upcoming Album

One of Poland's top contemporary traditional metal acts, Crystal Viper, is prepared to release "Crimen Excepta" on April 24th via AFM Records, the band's fourth full-length album to date. The following press release was also issued by the band:

"Welcome to the world of Crystal Viper: a world full of Flying Vs, tube amps, leather and chains. The band's powerful old-school sound runs deep with influences hailing from Mercyful Fate, Warlock and Iron Maiden, yet with a dark thrash edge born of Nifelheim persuasion at times, all fueled by frontwoman Marta Gabriel, her commanding vocals akin to Chastain's Leather Leone with a touch of Doro Pesch.

"The follow-up to 2010's acclaimed Legends full-length, Crimen Excepta is a concept album about holy inquisition, black magic and witches, where fiction mixes with historical facts. Recorded with producer Bart Gabriel (Jack Starr's Burning Starr, Sacred Steel, Mortician), Crimen Excepta is inarguably Crystal Viper's darkest and most aggressive material to date. Bringing more of their personal black and death metal influences to the table, even bringing in guest members such as Hell vocalist David Bower who appears on the album's title track, as well as Vader's Piotr 'Peter' Wiwczarek to record a cover of the Vader classic 'Tyrants Of Hell' for a bonus track to the album. Additionally, Crystal Viper recorded 'Ghosts Of Sherwood' -- a theme song for the forthcoming 3D cinema horror movie Robin Hood: Ghosts Of Sherwood -- which also appears as a bonus track to the album.

"As with previous Crystal Viper works, the cover art for Crimen Excepta was painted by legendary French artist Chris Moyen, known from his cooperation with acts such as Slayer, Trivium, Beherit, Blasphemy and more." Check out the opening track from the album, "Witch's Mark," in the player below. More...

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Crystal Viper Streaming Metalucifer Cover

Crystal Viper has posted the Metalucifer cover song "Warriors Ride On The Chariots" online, which can be heard below. The band also commented:

"This is the 3rd bonus track on Japanese edition of our forthcoming studio album 'Crimen Excepta,' taken from the ultra rare 'Heavy Metal Hell - A Tribute To Metalucifer' compilation... Enjoy!"

"Crimen Excepa" is due out on April 27th, 2012 (EU) and April 24th, 2012 (North America) through AFM Records. The track listing is as follows:

1. Witch’s Mark
3. Child Of The Flame
5. It's Your Omen
7. Crimen Excepta (feat. David Bower of Hell)
9. Medicus Animarum
11. The Spell Of Death
13. Hope Is Gone, Here’s New Law
15. Fire Be My Gates
CD Bonus tracks:
17. Tyrani Piekiel (Vader Cover) (feat. Peter of Vader)
18. Ghosts Of Sherwood (from the "Robin Hood: Ghosts Of Sherwood" motion picture soundtrack)

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Crystal Viper Posts New Album Teaser

The new Crystal Viper album "Crimen Excepta" will be released on April 27th, 2012 and the band has now posted a teaser trailer online featuring music from the new album. Check out the teaser trailer below.

The track listing for "Crimen Excepta" is as follows:

1. Witch’s Mark
3. Child Of The Flame
5. It's Your Omen
7. Crimen Excepta (feat. David Bower of Hell)
9. Medicus Animarum
11. The Spell Of Death
13. Hope Is Gone, Here’s New Law
15. Fire Be My Gates
CD Bonus tracks:
17. Tyrani Piekiel (Vader Cover) (feat. Peter of Vader)
18. Ghosts Of Sherwood

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Crystal Viper Streaming New Song

Polish power metal band Crystal Viper is streaming the new song "Witch's Mark" (heard below). The song appear on the forthcoming LP "Crimen Excepa." The album is due out on April 27, 2012 (EU) and April 24, 2012 (North America) through AFM Records.

The track listing for "Crimen Excepta" is as follows:

1. Witch’s Mark
3. Child Of The Flame
5. It's Your Omen
7. Crimen Excepta (feat. David Bower of Hell)
9. Medicus Animarum
11. The Spell Of Death
13. Hope Is Gone, Here’s New Law
15. Fire Be My Gates
CD Bonus tracks:
17. Tyrani Piekiel (Vader Cover) (feat. Peter of Vader)
18. Ghosts Of Sherwood (from the "Robin Hood: Ghosts Of Sherwood" motion picture soundtrack)

Check out "Witch's Mark" here: More...

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Crystal Viper Unveils Album Art And Track Listing

Polish power metal band Crystal Viper unveiled the album art and track list for the forthcoming LP "Crimen Excepa." The album is due out on April 27, 2012 (EU) and April 24, 2012 (North America) through AFM Records.

The concept of the album is "about [the] holy inquisition, black magic and witches, where fiction is mixed with historical facts." The album was produced by Bart Gabriel (Sacred Steel/Jack Starr's Burning Star) and recorded with sound engineer Mariusz Pietka (Mortician/Lonewolf). The cover artwork was painted by Chris Moyen.

As previously reported, "Crimen Excepta" will feature two special guests: David Bower, vocalist of Hell, who will appear in the title track and Vader mainman Piotr "Peter" Wiwczarek, who will appear in the cover version of the Vader song "Tyrani Piekiel," which will be available as the bonus track on the limited edition of the release.

The track listing for "Crimen Excepta" is as follows:

1. Witch’s Mark
3. Child Of The Flame
5. It's Your Omen
7. Crimen Excepta (feat. David Bower of Hell)
9. Medicus Animarum
11. The Spell Of Death
13. Hope Is Gone, Here’s New Law
15. Fire Be My Gates
CD Bonus tracks:
17. Tyrani Piekiel (Vader Cover) (feat. Peter of Vader)
18. Ghosts Of Sherwood (from the "Robin Hood: Ghosts Of Sherwood" motion picture soundtrack) More...

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Crystal Viper Posts Additional Details On New LP

Polish metal band Crystal Viper revealed more details on the band's forthcoming new album "Crrimen Excepta." In the latest post on Facebook, the band announced two guest appearances and one cover song for the release:

"It's time, to reveal few more details about our new album... There will be two special guests on 'Crimen Excepta': David Bower, vocalist of Hell appear in the title track, while Vader mainman Peter will be heard in the cover version of the classic Vader song 'Tyrani Piekiel,' which will be available as the bonus track on the first, limited edition of the album. So most probably Crystal Viper is the first ever Heavy Metal band, which re-arranged and recorded Death Metal cover song."

Singer Marta Gabriel commented on the new album and the guest appearances:

We already announced that fans should expect the unexpected. The new album is different than everything Crystal Viper did in the past. Of course it's still traditional Metal, and it's still Crystal Viper - but this time, everything was different, starting from the compositions, through our attitude and inspirations, up to equipment we used and the recording session itself. It was amazing to have Peter in the studio, we all are huge fans of Vader, and I think he was also amazed when he heard how our voices sound together in this Heavy Metal version of 'Tyrani Piekiel'. And when you will hear the lines of William The Judge recorded by David of Hell, you will have jaw on the floor. We had.

"Crimen Excepta" is scheduled for release on April 27, 2012 via AFM Records.

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Crystal Viper To Co-Headline Metal Union Festival

Polish power metal band Crystal Viper announced that the band will co-headline the Metal Union Festival in Lauda-Konigshofen, Germany, on March 31, 2012 with German bands Messenger and Majesty. The show will be the first time the band will feature new material from the forthcoming LP "Crimen Excepta." The album is due for release on April 27, 2012 through AFM Records. More...

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