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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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Crystal Viper Completes Recording

Polish metal band Crystal Viper has completed recording of the band's fourth studio album entitled "Crimen Excepta." The album will be released on April 27, 2012 via AFM Records. The band posted the following update on its Official Facebook page:

"All tracks for the new CRYSTAL VIPER album 'Crimen Excepta' recorded... forged... and laid down... Now the album is being mixed... Are you ready?!"

More information is soon to follow.

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Crystal Viper Reveals Details Of New Album

Polish metal band Crystal Viper revealed that the band's fourth studio album will be entitled "Crimen Excepta." The album will be recorded in December 2011 - January 2012 and released on April 27, 2012 via AFM Records.

The announcement on the band's official Facebook Page reads as follows:

"The fourth studio album of the Polish female fronted Traditional Heavy Metal act CRYSTAL VIPER, will be titled 'Crimen Excepta', and will be a concept album about holy inquisition, black magic and witches, where fiction will be mixed with historical facts. The album will be recorded in December 2011 and January 2012, with producer Bart Gabriel (JACK STARR'S BURNING STARR, LONEWOLF, SABBAT) and sound engineer Mariusz Pietka, at the MP Studio in Poland (the same one which was lately used by bands such as SABATON or MORTICIAN). 'Crimen Excepta' will hit the streets on April 27, 2012, and will be released on AFM Records."

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Crystal Viper Posts Video Message

In a special Halloween message to fans, guitarist/vocalist Marta Gabriel of the Polish traditional/power metal band Crystal Viper announced that the band is set to record its new LP in December 2011. Gabriel also stated that the new songs will be a "new chapter" or the band and that the band cannot wait to unveil its "new face," which will surprise many. "Expect the unexpected," but the band assures that they are "totally metal."

Check out the video below:

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AFM 15th Anniversary Festival Packs All-Star Card

AFM Records is celebrating its 15th Anniversary this year. In addition to a three CD compilation, the label has also put together an all-star lineup for a festival in Hamburg, Germany on November 26, 2011. The lineup for the show includes headliners U.D.O. along with Voodoo Circle, Orden Ogan, Kissin' Dynamite, Dark Age, The New Black, Lake Of Tears, A Life (Divided), Mob Rules, Byfrost, XStahlmann, Buried In Black, Black Messiah and Crystal Viper with a special act to be announced.

The special 15th Anniversary 3CD compilation will be released on October 28, 2011, but festival attendee's will receive the package free with a ticket purchase.

The track listing for the "AFM Records 15th Anniversary Compilation" is:

CD 1:

1. 24/7 (U.D.O.)
2. Avantasia (Avantasia) (Single Version)
3. The Black Mare (Dragonland) (Edit)*
4. Broken Hero (Iron Mask*)
5. Soulburn (Masterplan)
6. Temple Of Stone (Brainstorm)
7. Brotherhood Of Light (Morton)
8. Heavy Metal Never Dies (Iron Savior*)
9. Watching In Silence (Circle II Circle)
10. Night Of The Sin (Crystal Viper)
11. Dominator (Oz*) More...

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Femme Metal Compilation Track Listing Revealed

The release date of the upcoming 2011 Femme Metal Records compilation CD "Melody & Malice" has been set for September 26th, 2011. You can check out the artwork and track listing for the compilation below.

DISC ONE

1. Deadlock - "Virus Jones"
2. Exoterik - "Revive"
3. Regardless Of Me - "Until I Die"
4. Kittie - "Cut Throat"
5. In This Moment - "A Star Crossed Wasteland"
6. Mongrel - "Zombies Of War"
7. hAND - "Fate Sewn On"
8. Decadence - "Vulture"
9. UnSun - "Whispers"
10. Katra - "One Wish Away"
11. Crystal Viper - "Blood Of The Heroes"
12. Winter Storm - "The Embrace"
13. The Agonist - "And Their Eulogies Sang Me To Sleep"
14. Alerion - "Turn Of Fate"
15. Sarah Jezebel Deva - "The Corruption of Mercy"
16. Jaggedy Ann - "Skin Of Your Teeth"

DISC TWO

1. Magica - "Wait For Me"
2. Witchburn - "Bleed The Stone"
3. Edenbridge - "Higher"
4. The Mariana Hollow - "Your Halo"
5. Luna Mortis - "Ash"
6. Beneath The Stares - "Guilty Bystander"
7. Achilla - "Mirrors"
8. Amberian Dawn - "Talisman"
9. Lacuna Coil - "Spellbound"
10. Triosphere - "The Anger And The Silent Remorse"
11. Solsikk - "Relish In Nervous Delights"
12. Noctis Notus - "Scarlet Storm"
13. Arch Enemy - "I Will Live Again"
14. Further From The Truth - "Drifter"
15. Evil's Desire - "Touched By Insanity"
16. Rising Dream - "Religion For The Weak" More...

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Crystal Viper Posts "Night Of The Sin" Video

Polish female-fronted traditional heavy metal act Crystal Viper has released the "one take no dubs" video to the song "Night Of The Sin." The song is taken from the band's last studio album "Legends." You can check out the clip below.

Crystal Viper will appear at the following summer festivals this year:

25-06-2011 - Noc Plna Hvezd Festival, Trinec, Czech Republic
02-07-2011 - Skulls Of Metal Festival, Las Escuelas, Spain
15-07-2011 - Bang Your Head Festival, Balingen, Germany
28-07-2011 - Headbangers Open Air, Brande, Germany
03-09-2011 - Plock Cover Festival, Plock, Poland

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Lethal Saint To Appear On Metalucifer Tribute

Cyprus based act Lethal Saint has issued the following brief update about appearing on an upcoming tribute album to Metalucifer:

"Lethal Saint will appear on a compilation album among bands such as Crystal Viper, Axevyper, Split Heaven etc covering Heavy Metal Drill! The album will be release on the 29th of April at Keep It True Festival!"

Additional details on "Heavy Metal Hell: A Tribute To Metalucifer" are available through Skol Records at this location.

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Stormwarrior Confirmed For Bang Your Head Fest

Stormwarrior and Legion of the Damned have been confirmed for Germany's Bang Your Head festival. The upcoming festival will take place on July 15th and July 16th at the Messegelände in Balingen.

For further information on the festival, visit this location.

Other confirmed bands include: Desaster, Crystal Viper, Accept, Helloween, Immortal, Lordi, Amorphis, Death Angel, Asphyx, and more.

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Crystal Viper Posts Live Performance Footage

Polish female-fronted traditional heavy metal act Crystal Viper has posted videos online of the band's last live show, which took place in Katowice, Poland, on January 9th, 2011. The "official bootleg" from Katowice, can be viewed in the clips below.

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Crystal Viper Wishes You A Heavy Metal New Year

Polish heavy metal act Crystal Viper has posted a video clip online wishing fans a merry Christmas and a heavy metal new year. You can check out the video below.

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Crystal Viper Posts "Legends" Recording Footage

A two part video documentary about Crystal Viper's new album "Legends" has been posted online. The first part can be viewed below and the second can be found after the jump. "Legends" was released on October 22nd via AFM Records

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Crystal Viper Issues Album Breakdown

Polish heavy metal act Crystal Viper is set to release the "Legends" album on October 22nd, 2010. Crystal Viper singer Marta has now issued the following track-by-track breakdown:

THE TRUTH (INTRO) The opening intro includes a narration recorded by Rhino, the legendary ex-Manowar drummer, who is currently member of the bands Holyhell and Angels Of Babylon. It is kind of a summary of the message behind the lyrics on "Legends”: evil always returns to its culprit, and greed is blind...

THE GHOST SHIP As the title suggest, the first song on the album tells the story about a ghost ship, which - as they say - can be seen during stormy nights around Slupsk's sea-coast, and which sank because of human greed a few hundreds years ago. This is a typical fast song in typical “German" style, with a rhythm based on triplets. You can hear guys from Wizard - Sven D'Anna & Dano Boland - doing the refrains.

BLOOD OF THE HEROES The next fast song with a double bass drum attack, a catchy main melody, and featuring the next special guest: Mat Sinner of Primal Fear and Sinner, who recorded the refrains and bridge in the second half of the song. This time lyrics are based on a real story, about the defenders of the Castle Hill, who were fighting in the year 1536.
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Crystal Viper Streaming Two New Songs

"Greed Is Blind" and "Secret Of The Black Water," two new tracks from the Polish female-fronted traditional heavy metal act Crystal viper, are now available for streaming on the band's official myspace profile. Both tracks come off the band's new album "Legends," which is scheduled for release on October 22nd via AFM Records in Europe and the United States, and on November 17th via Spiritual Beast Records in Japan.

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Crystal Viper Posts New Music Video Online

Polish female fronted traditional heavy metal band CRYSTAL VIPER has released a brand new music video for the song "Greed Is Blind." The song comes off the band's forthcoming studio album "Legends", which will be released on October 22 via AFM Records (in Europe) and Spiritual Beast Records (in Japan).

The music video can be viewed below:

As the title suggests, all the lyrics on "Legends" are based on the original Polish legends from the middle ages. The album was recorded and mixed at the MP Studio in Poland, with engineer Mariusz Pietka and producer Bart Gabriel. The album cover artwork, was painted by the French artist Chris Moyen, who has previously worked with SLAYER, TRIVIUM, BEHERIT and BLASPHEMY. "Legends" features additional guest appearances by Rhino (ex-MANOWAR), Stefan Kaufmann (U.D.O., ex-ACCEPT) and Sven D'Anna and Dano Boland (WIZARD).

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Crystal Viper Streaming New Song Online

Polish female fronted traditional heavy Metal act Crystal Viper has posted online a new song, taken from the band's forthcoming studio album "Legends," which will hit the streets on October 22nd, 2010 (through AFM Records in Europe and States / Spiritual Beast Records in Japan). The new song, titled "Blood Of The Heroes," includes a guest appearance of Mat Sinner (Primal Fear, Sinner) and can be heard here.

The new was recorded and mixed at the MP Studio in Poland, with engineer Mariusz Pietka and producer Bart Gabriel. "Legends" will feature the following special guests: Rhino ( ex-Manowar drummer), Stefan Kaufmann (U.D.O., ex-Accept), Mat Sinner (Primal Fear, Sinner) and Sven D'Anna & Dano Boland (Wizard). As the title suggest, all the lyrics will be based on the original Polish legends from the middle-ages.

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Crystal Viper Uploads "Legends" Album Trailer

Polish female-fronted metallers Crystal Viper have posted a video trailer for their upcoming studio album "Legends" online. "Legends" is the follow up to 2009's "Metal Nation" and was recorded at MP Studios in Poland, with engineer Mariusz Pietka and producer Bart Gabriel. "Legends" is set for release on October 22nd, 2010 through AFR Records.

You can view the album trailer below:

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Crystal Viper Unveils New Album Artwork

Polish female-fronted traditional heavy metal act Crystal Viper has revealed the front cover artwork for forthcoming studio album "Legends," which will hit the streets on October 22nd, 2010. The artwork can be viewed at this location. The artwork was painted by French artist Chris Moyen, who has worked with such acts as Slayer, Trivium, Beherit, and Blasphemy.

The album was recorded and mixed at the MP Studio in Poland, with engineer Mariusz Pietka and producer Bart Gabriel. "Legends" will feature guests spots from Rhino (ex-Manowar drummer), Stefan Kaufmann (U.D.O., ex-Accept), Mat Sinner (Primal Fear, Sinner) and Sven D'Anna & Dano Boland (Wizard).

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Crystal Viper Reveals New Album Details

Polish female-fronted traditional heavy metal act Crystal Viper will release a new studio album titled "Legends" via AFM Records on October 22nd, 2010. The album was recorded and mixed at the MP Studio in Poland, with engineer Mariusz Pietka and producer Bart Gabriel. "Legends' will also feature special guests Rhino (ex-Manowar), Stefan Kaufmann (U.D.O., ex-Accept), Mat Sinner (Primal Fear, Sinner) and Sven D'Anna & Dano Boland (Wizard). You can also check out sample Crystal Viper tracks via the band's MySpace page.

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Crystal Viper To Appear On "Metallic Dawning"

Crystal Viper has issued the following update about appearing on the upcoming "Metallic Dawning" compilation album:

"AFM Records will release a double CD compilation titled 'Metallic Dawning,' which will include some of the hottest True, Power and Heavy Metal tracks recorded during last few years. The album will be available for a special price, and except exclusive front cover artwork, painted by Dimitar Nikolov (father of the Keep It True Festival mascot!), it will also include 3 previously unreleased songs. This impressive double release will surely satisfy both old Metal fans, and the new guys that are just starting their adventure with Metal music, and need some guidance.

The "Metallic Dawning" track listing is as follows: More...

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Crystal Viper Says Their Goodbyes To Dio

Polish female-fronted act Crystal Viper has issued the following statement regarding the death of Ronnie James Dio:

"This was truly hard time for us. 2 days after the funeral of our friend Janusz Soloma of Stos (who died on stage while performing with the band on May 8, 2010 in Myslowice, Poland, after suffering a heart attack), we heard the terrible news about Ronnie James Dio. What can we say? Of course the family lost its member, lot of people lost great friend, and the world of music lost incredibly talented musician and artist. But Dio was someone else. He was the voice of Heavy Metal, the icon.

"Metal fans who are familiar with the sound of Crystal Viper, with no doubt could hear the huge influence he had on our band - yes, songs like 'Sleeping Swords,' 'Gladiator (Die By The Blade),' or the newest one - 'Secret Of The Black Water,' very actually inspired by such all time classics like 'Holy Diver' or 'Heaven And Hell.' Ronnie James Dio was also one of the biggest influences and one of the favorite vocalists of Marta - and again, people who witnessed the Crystal Viper shows, can only agree with these words.

"We're not afraid to tell these words: if there would be no Dio, then there would be no Crystal Viper in the shape you know. Dio was, no, Dio is - as through his music he is immortal - the voice of heavy metal. Now The Man has returned to the Silver Mountain, the King has returned to his temple. Rest in Peace, dear friend. You were our Rainbow In The Dark."

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