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CRYSTAL VIPER – Headlining The Power Of The Night Metal Festival IX, This July 25th In Cyprus!

Posted in Heavy Metal, metal music, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on July 3, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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Marta Gabriel – vocals, guitars
Andy Wave – guitars
Tomasz ‘Golem’ Danczak – drums
Michal Badocha – bass guitar

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CRYSTAL VIPER – Poland’s True Metal Warriors, Crystal Viper, will be headlining the Power Of The Night Metal Festival IX, in Cyprus, this July 25th! Led by founder, singer and multi-instrumentalist Marta Gabriel, Crystal Viper are consistently recruiting legions of Metal fans, every day, across every continent! Lucky Cyprus! Metal be thy name. – Stone

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* For more info on the Power Of The Night Metal Festival:

Website: http://www.potn-fest.com/

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* For more info on CRYSTAL VIPER:

Facebook: Crystal Viper

Website: http://www.crystalviper.com

Twitter: www.twitter.com/crystalviper

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LONG LIVE CRYSTAL VIPER.

LONG LIVE POLAND.

LONG LIVE CYPRUS.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

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CRYSTAL VIPER “POSSESSION” – Releasing On December 13th, Via AFM Records!

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal bands, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on October 16, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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CRYSTAL VIPER News: the new album from Poland’s CRYSTAL VIPER, Possession, will be released on Friday, December 13th, via AFM Records! See the cover artwork above!

Stone Says: NICE album cover art! Whoa! Looks like a concept album to me!? That’s my Metal guess anyways, based on the images of the album art. Such a damn fine METAL band is CRYSTAL VIPER. True Metal warriors are they. I can’t wait to hear this new CRYSTAL VIPER offering!! Whoa.

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Band photo by Wojtek Gabriel

MARTA GABRIEL –  vocals and guitars

ANDY WAVE – guitars

TOM “GOLEM” DANCZAK – drums

MICHAL BADOCHA – bass guitar

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* For More Info On CRYSTAL VIPER:

Facebook: Crystal Viper

http://www.crystalviper.com

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LONG LIVE CRYSTAL VIPER.

LONG LIVE METAL.

METAL BE THY NAME.

Stone.

CRYSTAL VIPER – Invites All Their Fans To Be Special Guests On Their Next Album!

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal news, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , on July 2, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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Polish female fronted Heavy Metal act CRYSTAL VIPER, is recently working on their next, fifth studio album which will have its premiere on Friday 13, December 2013, and which will be released via AFM Records. This time the band prepared unique, and one of a kind surprise for their fans: everyone can be special guest on the new CRYSTAL VIPER album!

“It seems people really enjoy concept albums, we do, so our next release will be a 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 strenght to continue: our fans!” says vocalist and guitarist Marta Gabriel, who is again author of the whole material: “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!” she adds. Fans can submit their recordings until August 15, 2013.

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WANNA BE A SPECIAL GUEST ON THE NEXT CRYSTAL VIPER ALBUM?!

1. Record your scream with any recording device you can find!

2. Send mp3 or wav file to mail@skolrecords.com – write “CRYSTAL VIPER SCREAM” in the subject line!

3. Don’t forget to write your name in the email: you will be listed as special guest in the album booklet!

4. Sending the recording is equal with permission for using it by CRYSTAL VIPER!

5. Deadline for submitting the recordings is August 15, 2013.

HAVE ANY MORE QUESTIONS? Join THE OFFICIAL LEGION at Crystal Viper and ask your question to the band or their management!

WE ARE METAL NATION!!!

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For more info on CRYSTAL VIPER:

Facebook: Crystal Viper

http://www.crystalviper.com

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AFM RECORDS:

Facebook: AFM-Records GmbH

http://www.afm-records.de

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LONG LIVE CRYSTAL VIPER.

Stone.

JACK STARR’S BURNING STARR – Recruits Crystal Viper’s Marta Gabriel As Rhythm Guitarist For Keep It True Festival XVl

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, Metal, metal festivals, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on March 18, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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Marta Gabriel of CRYSTAL VIPER will join the legendary U.S. Power Metal act JACK STARR’S BURNING STARR – feat. ex members of MANOWAR and VIRGIN STEELE – as their rhythm guitarist at the KEEP IT TRUE FESTIVAL in Germany. “Jack Starr was quite impressed with the rock solid playing of Marta Gabriel and asked her if she would be available to do some shows with BURNING STARR as the recorded music of BURNING STARR usually features more than one guitar part” says the official press release.

JACK STARR’S BURNING STARR:

Jack Starr – guitars

Todd Michael Hall – vocals

Ned Meloni – bass guitar

Rhino – drums

More info @ www.facebook.com/jackstarrsburningstarr

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MARTA GABRIEL

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(Source: facebook: Crystal Viper)

For more info on CRYSTAL VIPER, click on the link below!

http://www.crystalviper.com

For more info on KEEP IT TRUE FESTIVAL:

facebook: KEEP IT TRUE Festival

http://www.keep-it-true.de

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LONG LIVE JACK STARR’S BURNING STARR.

LONG LIVE KEEP IT TRUE FESTIVAL.

LONG LIVE MARTA GABRIEL.

LONG LIVE CRYSTAL VIPER.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

MARTA GABRIEL of CRYSTAL VIPER – A Metal Odyssey Interview!

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal news, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music interviews, rock music news, traditional heavy metal with tags , , , , , , on April 26, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

CRYSTAL VIPER – Recently, the forever Rockin’ HARD ROCK NIGHTS and Metal Odyssey teamed up for an exclusive interview with Marta Gabriel of Crystal Viper. Besides being the lead vocalist, Marta also is a guitarist, songwriter and lyricist for Crystal Viper, to name a few. Her knowledge of music and of course, Metal, is exemplary and radiates the skies from Crystal Viper’s recent release on AFM Records: Crimen Excepta.

Originating from the great country of Poland, Crystal Viper was founded in 2003 and plays Traditional Metal with potent relevance. After the success of 2010’s critically acclaimed Legends album (their first with AFM Records), Crystal Viper has become an international player in the world of Metal. Marta is surrounded by: Andy Wave (guitars), Tom Woryna (bass) and Golem (drums).

Marta talks about the band’s dynamic new album Crimen Excepta and songwriting to the worst moments her band has experienced on tour. Here is what Marta had to say:

Can you describe how the new album “Crimen Excepta” conceptually evolved?

Marta: “Before I started composing music, I wrote a story; a lyrical theme for the album. I was inspired by history, especially holy inquisition issues, and books such as “Malleus Maleficarum”, “The Name Of The Rose”, and others. After that I started composing the actual music, and that’s really why the whole album is so different in comparison to the previous ones we’ve put out; it’s darker, heavier; there’s more real feeling in the music. It all happened, because I had the whole story in front of my eyes whilst writing the actual songs; I was able to imagine situations described in the lyrics? I would say that this album is like a movie, but instead of pictures, it is told by music.”

What has been the turning point or momentum push thus far in the Metal career of Crystal Viper? Was it the (excellent) “Legends” album or something prior?

Marta: “Thank you first of all for the compliment; I’m glad you like “Legends”! I can say you’re right in some way, and that was a turning point, because “Legends” was our first album for AFM Records. It was a huge step for us, joining a bigger label.”

“Being part of good record company means better promotion for any band, which is very important, because, except for playing live, there are then so many more opportunities for new fans to discover your band. Joining AFM was, without doubt, a huge and important step, but I would say also, that every single live show, and every single album or single release is important too, as we truly enjoy what we do.”

I find “Ghosts Of Sherwood” to be an amazingly powerful song, both lyrically and musically. With “Ghosts Of Sherwood being the theme song for the 3D horror movie “Robin Hood”, how did this all come to pass?

Marta: “Well, we’d known the German company called Digidreams Studios, which is doing this movie, for quite a while; just through the scene and through video production. It turned out that Crystal Viper’s image and music for this record was going to fit perfectly to the atmosphere of the movie, so we started cooperating and it went from there.”

“I received the screenplay, wrote the song and the lyrics, and we were off. It’s worth mentioning that this song is quite different to the usual Crystal Viper stuff; it’s heavy but really melodic. I’m very, very glad that I composed a song for a movie; the film stars the great Tom Savini, and “Robin Hood: Ghosts Of Sherwood” (to give it it’s full title) will have its premiere during the Cannes movie festival, which is really a huge honour.”

What was the chemistry like between you and Andy writing the guitar parts for this new album? For that matter, the chemistry of the entire band while recording?

Marta: “Well, the chemistry was as good as always really; I wrote all the guitar parts and all the initial music, then we were all working on it, all together. I mean, the band, our producer, everyone gets involved.”

“We produced this album in a little bit of a different way though; everything was produced like in the ’80s; you know, Flying V guitars, tube amps, and real drums all the way, no copying or corrections? Everything you hear on the album was sung or played truly. I’m very proud of the final result, and I can’t wait to hear these songs on the vinyl release!”

“Crimen Excepta” shows an enormous musical strength through its balance. How difficult is it to not stray too far on either the heavy or the light side of the Metal sound?

Marta: “Again, thank you for the compliment. But we never plan or think like that really… To say, “All right; this needs to be heavier” or something like that would be fake in some way. A good song is a good song; everything is very natural and real. What you hear on the album comes out from our hearts and soul. We play the music that we love and I compose music I would like to listen to, all the time…… We don’t want to record the same album again and again; that’s why each Crystal Viper album is a little bit different. “Crimen Excepta” is definitely the heaviest and darkest, but they’re all very different.”

Which song on “Crimen Excepta” proved to be the largest challenge for you to sing? I feel “Medicus Animarum” is a shining moment (among many), but this song certainly must push the envelope for vocal execution?

Marta: “There are many songs that are less and many more difficult than that on this album, but before entering the studio, I had a lot of time to practice, for sure – we rehearsed everything a million times. We basically always do a strong pre-production before entering the studio, so we know what to expect; what sounds good and so on.”

“We don’t like to waste time in the studio. Everything that you hear on the album was sung; we didn’t use any tricks or corrections! It wouldn’t have made sense to do that, as later, I wouldn’t be able to sing moments like that live on stage.”

“There are many bands that sound totally different on the album to on stage, or bands who re-arrange the songs to make them easier to play or sing? Of course, if they are happy with doing something like that, then fine; but it’s not our way.”

Chris Moyen created an absolutely brilliant cover for “Crimen Excepta”. How important is it to convey the music of Crystal Viper through the album artwork?

Marta: “Very… Chris Moyen did a great cover for us again – but, he’d already painted cover artwork for our second single and 3rd album, and so, now with “Crimen Excepta”, he is like part of the family. Of course, it is very important to have the right album artwork, and I would say it’s important in the case of every single band and album? The front cover artwork is like the face of the album, telling you what you can expect, so it should be chosen or painted wisely. In the case of “Crimen Excepta”, everything is one, solid piece: album artwork, lyrics and music!”

What can you attribute to the strong success of Traditional Heavy Metal in Europe over the years? Besides a dedicated and large fan base, could it be the variety of Metal festivals and ease of touring within Europe?

Marta: “The strong success of Traditional Heavy Metal, you mean? I wouldn’t say so, as some Metal genres are surely more popular these days than it; but the truth is, Heavy Metal has been here for many, many years; trends come and go, but Traditional Metal stays. I think this genre simply deserves that respect – even bands, who play more modern genres of Metal, have their roots in Heavy Metal. Old-School Heavy Metal, as well as classic rock, is a base for all genres of heavy music.”

“There’s also lately a kind of New Wave Of Traditional Heavy Metal going around; young bands playing Old School Metal, and it’s really, really great.”

Okay, what is the worst thing that ever happened to Crystal Viper while out on tour?

Marta: “Well, there are many stories to tell, and every band has some stories to share, don’t they? The one that comes to my mind, right now, sounds quite funny now, but back then it wasn’t.”

“We were playing on a small open air festival (doesn’t matter in what country…); the stage had no roof, and it started to rain. We basically had a lot of special effects on stage (guitar peddles, that kind of thing…), and as the stage got wetter, there were sparks everywhere; the stage was soaked. My guitar amp suddenly exploded because it got all wet! The roadies brought another one on, but it also exploded! It was truly a weird show, but we did our best!”

“We also once played on an open air festival in winter; it was like -10 degrees, and the organizers “forgot” to put heaters on stage? And forgot to organize any dressing room for us, as well? Pretty interesting experience, I can tell you!”

If Crystal Viper could perform at a “Metal Dream Festival”, which other bands (past or present) would be on the bill?

Marta: “There are many great acts we would love to play with, but if I could choose, then the bill would be like this: King Diamond, Nifelheim, Hell, Immortal, Black Sabbath, Candlemass, Iron Maiden, Virgin Steele, Judas Priest, the list goes on!”

“Thanks for the interview!!”

Thank you Marta for giving your time!

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For more info on CRYSTAL VIPER, click on the links below:

http://www.crystalviper.com

https://www.facebook.com/crystalviperofficial

http://www.afm-records.de

LONG LIVE MARTA GABRIEL.

LONG LIVE CRYSTAL VIPER.

Stone.

CRYSTAL VIPER – Polish Traditional Metal Act To Release New Album: Crimen Excepta

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal news, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news, traditional metal with tags , , , , , on April 13, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

One of Poland’s top contemporary Traditional Metal acts, CRYSTAL VIPER, are prepared to release Crimen Excepta on April 24th via AFM Records, their fourth full-length album to date.

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. View the cover art, a trailer for the new album to hear the opening track from the album, “Witch’s Mark,” AT THIS LOCATION.

CRYSTAL VIPER lineup:

Marta Gabriel – vocals, guitars

Andy Wave – guitars

Tom Woryna – bass

Golem – drums

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Crimen Excepta Track Listing:

01. Witch’s Mark

02. Intro 1

03. Child Of The Flame

04. Intro 2

05. It’s Your Omen

06. Intro 3

07. Crimen Excepta

08. Intro 4

09. Medicus Animarum

10. Intro 5

11. The Spell Of Death

12. Intro 6

13. Hope Is Gone, Here’s New Law

14. Intro 7

15. Fire Be My Gates

16. Intro 8

17. Tyrani Piekiel

18. Ghosts Of Sherwood

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(Source: Earsplit PR)

For more info on CRYSTAL VIPER, click on the links below:

http://www.crystalviper.com

https://www.facebook.com/crystalviperofficial

http://www.afm-records.de

LONG LIVE CRYSTAL VIPER.

Stone.

CRYSTAL VIPER – ‘Witches Mark’ Exclusive 2 Track Download Single Available Now!

Posted in classic metal, Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on March 30, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

CRYSTAL VIPER “Witch’s Mark” – exclusive 2-track download single coming out on March 30th, 2012, via AFM RECORDS! Incl. title track – taken from the forthcoming full length studio album “Crimen Excepta” – coupled with “The Banshee”, newly recorded version of the song originally available on the limited edition MLP “The Last Axeman” (2008). To be available on all legal digital outlets!

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Crimen Excepta releases on AFM Records, on April 27th, 2012.

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(Sources: Crystal Viper & AFM Records Official Websites)

For more info on CRYSTAL VIPER, click on the links below:

http://www.crystalviper.com

http://www.afm-records.de

LONG LIVE CRYSTAL VIPER.

Stone.

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