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Below is our complete Ghost Ship Octavius news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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70000 Tons Of Metal: Line Up Complete

In exactly 9 days 3000 metal fans will be on board the 2017 edition of 70000 Tons Of Metal Cruise.

4 Days, 60 Bands, 1 Cruise Ship and only 3000 Tickets – Round 7 of The Original, The World’s Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise will sail February 2-6 from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to Labadee, Haiti on board the "Independence Of The Seas".

Haven’t booked your ticket yet? Click here to book now! Don’t wait, only a select number of Single Tickets and Private Cabins are left. You don’t want to miss this trip of a lifetime!

Check out the entire 2017 line-up below: More...

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Gloryhammer Nixed From ProgPower USA

U.K. power metal act Gloryhammer was forced to cancel out on the upcoming sold out annual ProgPower USA festival, which commences on Wednesday, September 7th. The band was slated to perform on Thursday, September 8th as part of Day 2 along with Pyramaze, Circus Maximus and Blind Guardian.

A replacement was announced moments ago - Seattle's Ghost Ship Octavius, which features Ashes of Ares drummer Van Williams (ex-Nevermore).

Gloryhammer released a statement: "My friends, we have grave news. Due to unusual and unprecedented delays in the processing of working visas for the USA necessary to the bands performance, we regret to inform our fans that we will not be performing at Prog Power USA in Atlanta, or at the Whiskey-a-Go-Go in Los Angeles next week. This comes as great disappointment to everyone involved, not least of all us in Gloryhammer, as we have invested vast amounts of time and money in trying to make this happen. In no way, shape or form, are the show promoters responsible for this, and we really hope to make it up to them (and all of you fans) as soon as we can.

"The positive news is that we are planning to make this up early next year with our first full headlining tour in North America...more details to come."

ProgPower USA promoters Milton Mendonca and Nathan Block commented on the addition of Ghost Ship Octavius: "We’d like to welcome GSO to the family and extend our sincere thanks for stepping up to the plate on such short notice." More...

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Ghost Ship Octavius Announces December Shows

World Entertainment, Ghost Ship Octavius, and Infinity Concerts are extremely excited to announce the first ever live shows of the band in the Pacific Northwest as well as several Northeast USA shows this coming December.

This marks the first ever shows from Ghost Ship Octavius in support of the band's self-titled, debut release, with the east coast shows supporting Next To None. The guys are all excited and hope see all of you at these shows. Currently announced dates are as follows:

12/4 Seattle, WA: Studio Seven
12/5 Vancouver, BC: The Venue
12/9 New York: Studio @ Webster Hall
12/10 Worcester, MA: Ralph's Diner
12/11 Philadelphia, PA: Bull Shooters Saloon
12/12 Binghampton, NY: Eclipse More...

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Ghost Ship Octavius Releases New Album

Melodic progressive metal group Ghost Ship Octavius, featuring lead guitarist Matt Wicklund (God Forbid, HIMSA, Warrel Dane), drummer Van Williams (Nevermore, Ashes of Ares, Pure Sweet Hell) and vocalist Adon Fanion, funded a brand new self-titled album through a successful Kickstarter fan campaign launched last year.

Now, the band is pleased to announce the release of the album via digital retailers. You can give it a listen at Spotify or stream the track "Mills Of The Gods" below.

Guitarist Matt Wicklund is beyond grateful for their fans who donated to their album campaign, stating: “Ghost Ship Octavius is musically and artistically everything that I have always wanted to do. We put everything we had into this album and couldn’t be happier with how it turned out! The fans have been outstanding and made it possible for us to successfully fund this album independently through Kickstarter. It’s really exciting to see this all come to life! See you all on tour!”

Drummer Van Williams adds, “I’m super stoked on this album and if I weren’t in the band I know I still would be a huge fan. It’s an exciting time for us as we are collectively brand new and forging our own path. The fans that backed this record not knowing what they would get, and our family and friends that have showed and provided support during this process are truly awesome and the ones who really brought this album to everyone else. For that I’m truly grateful and look forward to getting this beast out on the road to meet the fans that have been so positive and patient.”

The new self-titled album was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Aaron Smith at Envisage Audio in Seattle, WA. More...

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Ghost Ship Octavius Posts New Lyric Video

Following last year’s successful Kickstarter campaign, Ghost Ship Octavius, featuring guitarist Matt Wicklund (ex-God Forbid, ex-Himsa), drummer Van Williams (ex-Nevermore), and vocalist Adon Fanion, have finally released their self-titled debut which can be purchased HERE.

Check out the track "Mills Of The Gods" now below.

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Ghost Ship Octavius Finishes New Album

Ghost Ship Octavius - the super group that formed in 2013 and then never really did anything - has actually completing work on an album. Guitarist Matthew Wicklund comments:

"We are very pleased to announce that the completed debut Ghost Ship Octavius album and it's final artwork will be sent off for manufacturing this coming Monday morning!

"It has been a tremendous amount of work but well worth every second. We would like to thank you all again for your support and patience...without it, this could not have happened!

"The release of this new album will mark the start of a new and very exciting chapter for us. We are super excited to take the music to stages around the world and share the ghostly, arctic GSO experience with you all! I will be posting the track listing shortly as well..." More...

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Ghost Ship Octavius Posts Lyric Video

Ghost Ship Octavius is a 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 Adon Fanion. Take a listen to the band’s new track "Alive" via a lyric video below.

Ghost Ship Octavius has finished writing a currently-untitled upcoming album and has since teamed up with Grammy-winning 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 via 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 album artwork, and more. You can pledge right here. More...

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Ghost Ship Octavius Crowd Funding New Album

Ghost Ship Octavius - which features Matt Wicklund and Van Williams - has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the release of a new album.

You can see all the perks available and contribute to the campaign right here. The band also comments:

"We will be using all money raised to pay for production costs including: Hiring Grammy Award Winning Producer Neil Kernon to Produce, Engineer, Mix and Master the album, Studio Time at one of Seattle's best Studios for Drum and Vocal Production (Guitars, Bass and Keyboards will be done at Matt's Home GSO Studios), Manufacture and Shipment of all Perks including the Digital Album, the Physical CDs, Limited Edition Vinyl Records, Limited Edition GLOW IN THE DARK Graphic T-Shirts, GSO Crew Stickers and Autographed Posters. Artistic Design and layout will be handled by Adon and Van.

"Any funds raised above our goal will go into making the perks even more exciting, adding new perks or into extra studio time to take the album production over the top! Below is a quick video we made of one of the songs 'Saturn and Skies.' The audio is our 'rough' working demo and not final album quality." More...

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Matthew Wicklund Posts Guitar Solo Playthrough

Matthew Wicklund from Ghost Ship Ocatavius has posted a playthrough clip online, which can be seen below, and he also comments:

"Here is a playthrough video I put together playing my guest solo for the upcoming Serpents album 'Pestilence' over the demo guide track of the song titled 'The Fall of the Usurper!' Solo was played underwater in the Arctic Sea for added dramatic effect...or maybe not...hahaha. Check it out, repost and support our friends in Serpents! Album coming soon!"

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Ghost Ship Octavius Posts Pre-Production Teaser

Ghost Ship Octavius has released a pre-production sneak peek from the studio featuring clips of the song "Alive." Check it out below. Ghost Ship Octavius is:

Matthew Wicklund: Guitars
Van Williams: Drums
Adon Fanion: Vocals, Guitars

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Ghost Ship Octavius Releases First Video

Ghost Ship Octavius has released a music video for "Saturn and Skies," which is the band's first officially released track. Check it out below. The band's debut album is in production now, with further details forthcoming.

Ghost Ship Octavius is the new project featuring Matt Wicklund (God Forbid, Ex-Himsa, Warrel Dane Solo), Van Williams (ex-Nevermore, Pure Sweet Hell, Ashes of Ares), and Adon Fanion. The band originally feature Chris Amott, who has now departed, stating:

"Hey guys and gals, a little update - I've decided to step away from the Ghost Ship Octavius project. So, I am no longer involved with that. Best of luck to the rest of the guys."

The band also added, "We wish Chris and Sara Claudius best of luck as well. Ghost Ship Octavius is NOT ending. We are just beginning and continuing to move forward despite our recent departures."

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Ghost Ship Octavius Posts Preview Clip

Ghost Ship Octavius is the new band featuring Chris Amott (ex-Arch Enemy, Armageddon), Matt Wicklund (God Forbid, Ex-Himsa, Warrel Dane Solo), and Van Williams (ex-Nevermore, Pure Sweet Hell, Ashes of Ares). The group has now checked in with the following announcement about posting a preview clip online:

"Thank you all for your immediate interest in Ghost Ship Octavius! Here is a little preview of what is to come: a short clip of Chris and Matt playing some of the guitar solos during pre-production. Much more coming soon..."

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Chris Amott Announces New Band

A new band has recently formed titled Ghost Ship Octavius, which features among its ranks Chris Amott (ex-Arch Enemy, Armageddon), Matt Wicklund (God Forbid, Ex-Himsa, Warrel Dane Solo) and Van Williams (ex-Nevermore, Pure Sweet Hell, Ashes of Ares).

Ghost Ship Octavius is currently working on a debut album, with details on the process available over at Facebook here. The band also comments:

"Formed in the Summer of 2012, Ghost Ship Octavius have combined their diverse yet complimentary music styles to create a powerful and dynamic sound highlighted by soaring vocals, virtuosic guitars and hooky but progressive arrangements."

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