...... is an enchanted princess!
Far back in time in the Egyptian era. The last Pharaoh Cleopatra went to the river Nile to catch a
few vipers. She didn`t not want to live any more. She wanted to commit suicide to die in fast way.
Dead set on doing so she put the snake box into her vault built of hundreds of stones.
All the serpents bit her to death but only one didn`t. This viper took the crown from Cleopatra's
brow and put it on his tiny head. It took her several days to dig herself through the cold stone
grave into the light and into freedom.
There is only one Viper who never brought somebody to death: The VELVET VIPER
That's what the legend say. The all mighty snake mother told this story to her descendants
repeatedly all over and over, and over
It's true! Believe me!
Till today the Velvet Viper has never killed a human and has a mark on its head which looks like a
That's why the VELVET VIPER is called the enchanted princess.
After a rest period VELVET VIPER is back. To tell us her stories once again, the old and new ones!
Let's follow the snake mother and let's never forget the things behind it......
.......... the return of the Spirit of ZED YAGO
Back in 1985, Jutta Weinhold founded Zed Yago,
a band whose music und concept were intended to break
away from run-of-the-mill rock and metal. This was
the creation of "dramatic metal" with lyrics based
on literature, poetry, mythology and fantasy, because
without those the soul withers and life ends.
Zed Yago recorded two widely-acclaimed albums,
"From over Yonder" and "Pilgrimage", before the
band split. After the end of Zed Yago, Jutta founded
1990 saw the release of the first album "Velvet Viper" featuring Franco Zuccaroli (drums),
David Moore from Newcastle, England (guitar), Lars Ratz (bass, afterwards founder of
Metalium) and guest guitarists Jochen Zeno Roth, Olaf Eimer and Peter Szigeti (Warlock).
For the second Velvet Viper album was called "The fourth Quest for Fantasy", Jutta teamed
up again with drummer Bubi the Schmied (ex-Zed Yago), Lars Ratz on bass and Roy Last on
guitar, who passed away in 2004. In 1993, Jutta released the last album with lyrics based
on the concept of Zed Yago for the time being. "To be or not" was recorded with musicians
of the Czech band "Citron". The best-of-collection "Zed Yago from the Twilight Zone",
which also featured unreleased material, was released in 2002, and for several years
Jutta moved on to other subjects und projects.
But the fever for dramatic metal was still burning in Jutta`s soul. Rock is bigger than
all of us, because this song is never-ending - here is one of Jutta`s mottos: "I don`t sing
mere notes, every note has a word and that adds up to the message". Just like in the
beginning it is about music and lyrics based on the strong roots of heavy rock and
classic poetic themes.
Finally in 2016/17 the time had come to bring the band VELVET VIPER back to life.
Jutta and her new guitarist Holger Marx wrote 11 songs which were produced by Kai Hansen
(Gamma Ray, Helloween), a true master of metal. The band again celebrates classic heavy
metal with unconventional additions and hard-and-slow grooves as well as rousing up-tempo
parts which pay tribute to the NWOBHM.
2017 saw a happy ending as the Swedish company GMR Music decided to release the new album.
A big thanks goes out to Lena Graaf from GMR Music who saw the original potential of
VELVET VIPER and who will work on the successful distribution of the album "Respice Finem".
This cooperation with the Swedish label shows once again how close the ties are within
Coincidence and fate are often the driving forces of life. They lead to unexpected results.
In such a turn Jutta Weinhold and Graaf from GMR Music were brought together by VELVET
VIPER‘s manager. In this way two strong women have joined forces to light the way into
the future of VELVET VIPER.
The album title "Respice Finem" hearkens back to an old Latin saying which can be traced
back to an even older Greek fable:
Quidquid Agis Prudenter Agas et Respice Finem
Whatever You Do, Do It Wisely and Consider the End
The band`s line-up:
Jutta Weinhold (Vocals)
Holger Marx (Guitar)
Ron Oberbandscheid (Bass)
Micha Fromm (Drums)
Our new CD!
Now available at bei Amazon!
Our Tour dates
04/05/2018 Hamburg - Logo
04/06/2018 Lüdenscheid - Dahlmann-Saal
04/07/2018 Hagen (bei Osnabrück) - Saal Stock
05/09/2018 Dortmund - Piano
05/10/2018 Hamburg - Hafen Open Air
07/13/2018 Niedergörsdorf-Altes Lager - Jamboree-Open-Air
08/24/2018 Burg Greifenstein - Herborn - Dynamite Night
09/08/2018 Hamburg - Harburg - Tipsy Apes
09/29/2018 Coast Rock - Festival - Emden
11/02/2018 Stemwede - Life House
11/03/2018 Ludwigsburg - Rockfabrik
11/22/2018 Miltenberg - Beavers
11/23/2018 Olching - Legends Lounge
11/24/2018 Burglengenfeld - VAZ
Our new Video is out!
Velvet Viper "Don't Leave Before Wintertime"
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