Crystal Viper: Polish Traditional Metal Act To Release New Album

Welcome to the world of Crystal Viper...

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 a 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.