GHOST SHIP OCTAVIUS is a new progressive metal band formed in 2012 by lead guitarist Matt Wicklund (God Forbid, HIMSA, Warrel Dane), drummer Van Williams (Nevermore, Ashes of Ares, Pure Sweet Hell) and vocalist Adōn Fanion.
GHOST SHIP OCTAVIUS have finished writing their currently untitled upcoming full-length album and have since teamed up with Grammy-winning and multi-platinum selling producer Neil Kernon (Nevermore, Queensryche, Cannibal Corpse, Hall & Oates, Nile).
In order to get this project off to a great start, GHOST SHIP OCTAVIUS is reaching out to fans to help fund the album by use of popular crowd-funding site KickStarter. The campaign has been launched and offers pre-sales of the album, merchandise and many other perks, including 1-on-1 Skype video lessons, guest performances on your band’s album, being drawn into the band’s album artwork, and more! Pledge here, but hurry, the pledging period ends within a few days: http://kck.st/1n3nMsO
We caught a listen to 3 Production demo tracks, possibly from the upcoming album, where GHOST SHIP OCTAVIUS display their incredibly powerful, yet-melodic compositions showcasing each member’s technical skill, without shifting the spotlight from the ferocious vocal force of singer Adōn Fanion and the pyrotechnics of guitarist Matt Wicklund.
Judging by the songs, the album will no doubt stretch the boundaries of progressive metal and blur the lines between genres. It has gothic, epic, symphonic and complex themes –practically everything a progressive fan could want.
The songs combine brilliant guitar work with choir-like choruses that are able to make the hair on your neck stand up. The fusion between Wicklund ‘s guitars with these epic choir-like choruses is absolutely stunning. On all three songs GHOST SHIP OCTAVIUS generously flexes their ability to seamlessly blend symphonic/bombastic musical interludes with truly inspired metal guitar playing and powerful vocals.
Of the three songs, “Saturn and Skies”, “The Mills of the Gods” and “Alive” I found it really hard to pick a favorite. “Alive” is probably the most immediate and hard-hitting, but in the end it was the unrelenting vocal choruses of “The Mills of the Gods” that won me over; more than likely because it reminded me so much of the legendary, high-powered Ronnie James Dio choruses.
That being said, it is ultimately the aggressive, guitar-driven rhythms that never fail to delight at every turn. The riffs are bone-crushing, right from the start. The pulverizing, take-no-prisoners riffs serve as perfect counterpoints to the fluid, often jaw-dropping guitar solos.
The added bonus with GHOST SHIP OCTAVIUS is of course the awesome drumming provided by ex-Nevermore component, Van Williams. His amazing outbursts of fierce fury fit so well in between the bouts of controlled energy and pure heaviness that it is clear Williams has grown to a seasoned level of metal mastery.
What else should you expect from GHOST SHIP OCTAVIUS on their forthcoming album? All I can say is strap yourself in for one hell of a ride!
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