CRYSTAL VIPER is a female-fronted heavy metal band, founded in 2003 by Marta Gabriel. For the next three years, CRYSTAL VIPER was a project featuring Marta Gabriel and other musicians, with whom she recorded a bunch of demo and rehearsal tapes, compilation tracks, and with whom she played several local live shows.
In the summer of 2006, the first official line up got established, and CRYSTAL VIPER turned from a project into a regular band, with Marta Gabriel as a vocalist and composer, Andy Wave (real name: Lukasz Halczuch) on guitar, Tomek “Golem” Danczak on drums and Tommy Targosz on bass guitar. The same year the band recorded the first official track (a cover version of “Flaming Metal Systems” for the MANILLA ROAD tribute album), and inked a deal with Karthago Records. The debut concept album entitled “The Curse Of Crystal Viper” came out in early 2007, and was followed by “The Last Axeman” EP (2008). The second studio album, entitled “Metal Nation”, featuring new bass guitarist, Tomasz Woryna, and co-produced by the KING DIAMOND guitarist Andy La Rocque, was released in 2009.
Between 2006 and 2009 CRYSTAL VIPER was a four-piece band in the studio and a five-piece band on stage, featuring different musicians at the position of the live rhythm guitarist, until Marta took over the duties of a rhythm guitarist as well. Since then, CRYSTAL VIPER was a four-piece act both in the studio and on stage.
In 2009 CRYSTAL VIPER signed multiple record deal with AFM Records. The third studio album entitled “Legends” (with lyrics based on old Polish legends and stories) came out in 2010, and in 2012 was followed by “Crimen Excepta” – concept effort about witches and holy inquisition. Due to occupational obligations, Tomasz Woryna was forced to take lesser part in band’s activity, and most of the bass guitar parts on “Crimen Excepta” were recorded by Marta Gabriel. The band didn’t stop to tour, so Michal Badocha stepped in as the new bass player. In 2013, after several live shows in countries such as: Slovakia, Czech Republic, Poland, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Sweden and Denmark, CRYSTAL VIPER returned to the studio to record fifth studio album, “Possession”. Sadly soon after its premiere, due to health issues relating to the band’s front woman and founder, Marta Gabriel, the band was forced to stop its activity. In 2013, for the first time since 2006, after regular touring in 15 countries, and after releasing 5 studio albums, 7 singles and compilations – the future of CRYSTAL VIPER was put under question mark.
In the fall of 2016, the band finally broke the silence: the witch is back! The comeback album entitled “Queen Of The Witches”, was released after a four year silence, in the February of 2017. Like all the previous ones, the album has been produced by Bart Gabriel (known for his collaboration with acts such as CIRITH UNGOL, PAGAN ALTAR, HEXX or SACRED STEEL). The album’s cover artwork was painted by the legendary German artist, Andreas Marschall, known for the iconic artworks which he created for acts such as RUNNING WILD, BLIND GUARDIAN or KREATOR. “Queen Of The Witches” is also the first CRYSTAL VIPER album recorded with new bass player, Blaze J. Grygiel. The album has been promoted by two video clips, and an European Tour in March and April of 2017, during which the band visited: Belgium, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Hungary, Czech Republic and Poland. The witch has returned!
We are one year later, and Marta Gabriel and her crew prove us that they are stronger than ever. The last album is still hot, but CRYSTAL VIPER strikes back with a special, limited edition vinyl EP entitled “At The Edge Of Time”. 2019: more shows, but first of all: new studio album! “Tales Of Fire And Ice”, which without a doubt is the most melodic album that CRYSTAL VIPER ever did, with influences ranging from Hard Rock to Power Metal, was released on November 22 on AFM Records (in Europe and North America), Fono Ltd (in Russia) and Rubicon Music (in Japan). The album is the first one featuring new, additional guitarist Eric Juris from Austria, who extended band’s line up. The shows promoting new album were also played with a new, Swedish drummer, Cederick Forsberg.
CRYSTAL VIPER is currently working on the next studio album, scheduled for the release in early 2021.