Polish female-fronted traditional heavy metal outfit Crystal Viper have revealed that they will release a new album, Crimen Excepa, in Europe on April 27 and in the U.S. on April 24 via AFM Records.
The concept effort — about holy inquisition, black magic and witches, where fiction is mixed with historical facts — was produced by Bart Gabriel and recorded with sound engineer Mariusz Pietka (Mortician), according to a press release.
Crimen Excepta will boast two special guests: David Bower, the vocalist for Hell and Vader mainman Piotr “Peter” Wiwczarek.
Piotr will be heard on a cover version of the Vader classic “Tyrani Piekiel,” which will be available as the bonus track on the first, limited edition of the album.
“We already announced that fans should expect the unexpected,” says Crystal Viper’s Marta Gabriel. Why does it seem like every chick in metal is named Marta?
“The new album is different than everything Crystal Viper did in the past. Of course it’s still traditional metal, and it’s still Crystal Viper — but this time, everything was different, starting from the compositions, through our attitude and inspirations, up to equipment we used and the recording session itself.”
She adds: “It was amazing to have Peter in the studio. We all are huge fans of Vader, and I think he was also amazed when he heard how our voices sound together in this heavy metal version of ‘Tyrani Piekiel’. And when you will hear the lines of William The Judge recorded by David of Hell, you will have your jaw on the floor. We had.”