Crystal Viper is a Female Fronted Traditional Heavy Metal act from Poland, founded in 2003 and led by the singer, guitarist and composer Marta Gabriel. After doing 4 full length studio albums, bunch of singles and compilation releases, after touring in most of the European countries, showing up on many festival stages (incl. Bang Your Head, Keep It True, Sabaton Open Air – Rockstad Falun, Metal Magic Festival, Headbangers Open Air or Magic Circle Festival), and mainly because of the classic songwriting and impressive stage presence, Crystal Viper managed to establish their position as one of the most hard working bands of the genre…
Now, one and a half year after premiere of their last full length album “Crimen Excepta”, Crystal Viper strike back with “Possession” – concept effort about young girl named Julia, where the movie-like story gets an unexpected twist, and surprise the listener with every single song. The band also managed to thank their most loyal supporters, their fans, in a very special way, and invited them to take part in the recording session of the album, what resulted in having more than 50 different persons sending in their “screams”, which were used in the final mix of the album.
On “Possession” – which again has been produced by Bart Gabriel (Sacred Steel, Sabaton, Burning Starr) – the band decided to cross the borders of Traditional Heavy Metal, and while the fast and melodic songs bring references to such classic bands as Judas Priest, Black Sabbath withRonnie James Dio or Jag Panzer, the epic and dark parts bring comparisons to acts such as Candlemass, Mercyful Fate or even Bathory.
Album’s artwork, made in a very classic and old school Heavy Metal style, has been painted by Michal Oracz – most famous Polish author of RPG and board games (incl. the world bestseller Neuroshima) – and includes many impressive details which will be noticed by fans after listening to the album.
Also this time the band invited members of other bands to sing guest parts: in the song “Fight Evil With Evil” we can hear the legendary American singer Harry Conklin (Jag Panzer, Titan Force, Satan’s Host), while in “Julia Is Possessed” we can hear growling voice of Sataniac, vocalist of the German Black/Thrash Metal act Desaster.
Crystal Viper is also known from one more tradition: recording cover songs of their favorite artists. While the limited vinyl LP version of “Possession” will include hidden surprise track, the regular CD version will include cover version of the RIOT classic “Thundersteel”. Marta Gabriel, who again wrote the entire music and all lyrics for the new Crystal Viper album, and who recently started her own clothing brand “Thunderball Clothing”, is also a respected session musician: except being invited to join on stage such legendary acts as Vader, Manilla Road and Tytan (as singer) or Jack Starr’s Burning Starr (as guitarist), she was invited to record with the currently reigning Power Metal kings Sabaton, legendary Danish Heavy Metal act Witch Cross, and German Power Metallers Majesty