MARTA GABRIEL (CRYSTAL VIPER): “The Cult Album Is Bringing Us To Our Early Days”

Marta Gabriel

The Viper Strikes Again

I had never heard of Crystal Viper until I previewed their upcoming album The Cult. It was hard for me to believe this band has been around for 15 years and I was just learning about them now. The Cult is the follow-up to 2019’s Tales of Fire and Ice and gets its official release on February 12, 2021 through Listenable Records. I had to find out more about Crystal Viper. I went right to guitarist/vocalist Marta Gabriel and she answered everything I wanted to know.

Highlights include:

  • Discussion of The Cult
  • How H.P. Lovecraft inspired her lyrics
  • How King Diamond’s Andy LaRocque made it on the album
  • Why Crystal Viper is now on Listenable Records
  • Marta’s appreciation for vinyl and her first musical crush
  • Gabriel’s best and worst gigs
  • Did the band once stay at a hotel that used to be an asylum?
  • …and much, much more!

Crystal Viper is:

Marta Gabriel – Vocals, Guitar
Andy Wave – Guitar
Eric Juris – Guitar
Blaze Grygiel – Bass
Cederick Forsberg – Drums


  • George Dionne

    George was a contributor here at Metal Express Radio, reviewing albums and conducting interviews, out of Massachusetts, USA. George has contributed to numerous music related websites and blogs, and even managed his own from 2004-2009. George's first assignment was covering a live show by the mighty GWAR. By contrast his later assignments featured Judas Priest, Van Halen, and Bon Jovi. George was also the front man for the South Eastern Massachusetts cover band Sound Tower from 2009-2015.  Sound Tower played 300+ shows across MA and had two original songs on the Cape Cod radio station PIXY 103. George enjoys a good whiskey, scotch, and/or bourbon and fights crime in his spare time.

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