CRYSTAL VIPER announce new studio album The Silver Key

Polish Heavy Metal act CRYSTAL VIPER will release new studio album, „The Silver Key“, on June 28, 2024, on Listenable Records. It will be available as a vinyl record, compact disc, cassette, and digitally.

As all the lyrics are once again inspired by the works of the father of cosmic horror, Howard Phillips Lovecraft, the album is a natural continuation of the previous full length release, “The Cult”, which came out on Listenable Records in 2021. In fact, working title of the new album was “The Cult II”. However, “The Silver Key” is an album with very own identity and character, and is without a doubt the most intense release that CRYSTAL VIPER ever recorded.

The new album is heavier, faster and darker, but at the same more epic and melodic than their previous works. In the past the band was very often balancing between Power Metal and Heavy Metal, but here, there’s no doubt that we are talking about pure Heavy Metal. The band had very unique approach to songwriting and production, which was almost like a tribute to classic Metal acts such as IRON MAIDEN or JUDAS PRIEST, but except that CRYSTAL VIPER decided to show their love for the Metal culture, and incorporated in their songs several new elements, characteristic for other subgenres. So don’t get fooled by the term “female-fronted” which is usually associated with softer genres: CRYSTAL VIPER, founded and led by the vocalist and bassist Marta Gabriel (who for the last few years played rhythm guitar for the band), is simply as that METAL, and very serious about it.

“The Silver Key” was produced and mastered by the Heavy Metal veteran Bart Gabriel, and was recorded and mixed by Rafal Kossakowski. Its cover artwork was painted by respected Guatemalan artist Mario Lopez, who was also responsible for the cover artwork of the previous album, “The Cult”.

Like before, CD and vinyl version of the album will include different bonus tracks. „I guess everyone expected us to record another classic Heavy Metal cover songs, but we have decided to do something unusual this time, and we recorded BATHORY and MISFITS covers“ says Marta Gabriel. „Both bands had huge influence on me, Quorthon was an amazing composer, and I actually even named my horse after him! And as our new album has both this very in-your-face energy and horror vibes, we thought that the MISFITS song will also be a very good choice“ she adds.