Artwork For New LP "Possession" Unveiled By Crystal Viper
"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."
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