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The official lyric video for the song “Alive” from GHOST SHIP OCTAVIUS, the new progressive metal band formed by lead guitarist Matt Wicklund (GOD FORBID, HIMSA, WARREL DANE), drummer Van Williams (NEVERMORE, ASHES OF ARES, PURE SWEET HELL) and vocalist Adōn Fanion, can be seen below.

The band’s sound features technical and groove metal elements, highlighted by Adōn‘s powerful clean vocals, Van‘s tasteful rhythms and Matt‘s melodic and intricate guitar solos.

GHOST SHIP OCTAVIUS has finished writing material for its as-yet-untitled debut full-length album and is currently working with Grammy-winning producer Neil Kernon (NEVERMORE, QUEENSRŸCHE, 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 one-on-one 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 in 30 days.

Guitarist Christopher Amott (ARMAGEDDON, ex-ARCH ENEMY) last year announced his departure from GHOST SHIP OCTAVIUS in order to focus entirely on making a new ARMAGEDDON album.

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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

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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.

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“Saturn And Skies”, the first video from GHOST SHIP OCTAVIUS, the new band featuring Matt Wicklund (guitar; ex-GOD FORBID, HIMSA, WARREL DANE) and Van Williams (drums; ASHES OF ARES, PURE SWEET HELL, ex-NEVERMORE), can be seen below. The group states: “We are very excited about the music we are putting together.”

Guitarist Christopher Amott (ARMAGEDDON, ex-ARCH ENEMY) recently announced his departure from GHOST SHIP OCTAVIUS in order to focus entirely on making a new ARMAGEDDON album.

GHOST SHIP OCTAVIUS‘ vocals are performed by 17-year-old Adon Fanion, whose style, character and lyrics are said to “extend far beyond his years.”

GHOST SHIP OCTAVIUS is seeking a suitable record company to release the band’s debut album, for which 13 songs have already been written, including “Released”, “Alive”, “Successor”, “Find The Light” and “Caged Love”.

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So Christopher Amott announced that he's leaving Ghost Ship Octavius to go work on a new Armageddon album, which is great! Except Armageddon is half of Ghost Ship Octavius… what gives? Alright, so this all started out with Amott stating he wasn't staying with Ghost Ship Octavius: "I'm focusing entirely on a new Armageddon album. …

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Guitarist Christopher Amott (ARMAGEDDON, ex-ARCH ENEMY) is no longer involved with GHOST SHIP OCTAVIUS, the new band featuring Matt Wicklund (guitar; GOD FORBID, ex-HIMSA, WARREL DANE) and Van Williams (drums; ASHES OF ARES, PURE SWEET HELL, ex-NEVERMORE). Amott says: “I’m focusing entirely on a new ARMAGEDDON album. We are in rehearsals at the moment. There’s a lot of news to be announced, new members and so forth. We have almost completed writing the album.”

GHOST SHIP OCTAVIUS‘ vocals are performed by 17-year-old Adon Fanion, whose style, character and lyrics are said to “extend far beyond his years.”

GHOST SHIP OCTAVIUS is seeking a suitable record company to release the band’s debut album, for which 13 songs have already been written, including “Released”, “Alive”, “Successor”, “Find The Light” and “Caged Love”.

Amott, who currently resides in the U.S., after marrying an American woman, previously said about the upcoming ARMAGEDDON album: “This one’s gonna be 100% metal with loads of shred-guitar and intricate compositions.”

Christopher Amott played a solo concert at the Loud Park festival on October 27 at Saitama Super Arena, a multi-purpose indoor arena located in Saitama City, Japan. Backing him at the gig were Wicklund and Williams.

Amott‘s latest solo album, “Impulses”, can be purchased directly from his music store.

Amott in March 2012 issued a statement explaining that he left ARCH ENEMY to pursue his solo career. He said, “I’m gonna continue to be very active in music, working with all kinds of styles — this does not rule out metal.”

ARCH ENEMY recruited American guitarist Nick Cordle (ARSIS) to replace Christopher.

Christopher Amott started his career in music in 1995 as a founding creative force and guitarist in ARCH ENEMY. In this context, he is known for his tastefully technical guitar work and memorably emotive playing style.

After garnering his early success, Christopher had the desire to express himself on a personal level in the same genre. At this time he began writing albums under the name ARMAGEDDON. Christopher wrote and recorded three albums over the next few years as ARCH ENEMY grew into an internationally recognized act, with his compositions featuring his own vocal stylings on the last album. This would be Christopher‘s first foray into singing and a spark of inspiration for his later musical ventures.

In 2008, Christopher began to consider his creative options as a mature musician. He began writing songs of an entirely different atmosphere, which saw his guitar playing focused less on technical ecstasy and more on a chord-based blues rock ambience as a foundation for more prominent vocal and lyrical ideas. These compositions developed into his next solo project; the album would be called “Follow Your Heart”, released under his own name in 2010.

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New Jersey melodic thrash-metal warriors GOD FORBID have officially called it quits following the departure of guitarist/vocalist Doc Coyle.

Said guitarist Matt Wicklund in a statement: “As many of you have heard, GOD FORBID has broken up. It is a sad time for us and also a time of new beginnings.

“The past four years have been an amazing journey for me and I am forever thankful for the experiences I have gained and the the musical family that I was welcomed into. I have grown immensely from all of this as an artist and a person.

“I am very proud of the album ‘Equilibrium’ that I got to write and record with the guys and I loved every minute I got to play all of the songs, new and old, on stages around the world for all of the wild and loyal GOD FORBID fans. Thank you all again for the good times. . Cheers to all of you and to my brothers Doc Coyle, John Outcalt, Corey Pierce and Byron Davis.

“New chapters are unfolding for all of us and I am taking all I’ve learned forward into a new and exciting musical adventure. GHOST SHIP OCTAVIUS is now my main musical outlet and I would be honored to see all of you again and share this new journey with you all!

“Here’s to good memories and to amazing things yet to come!!!”

Added vocalist Byron Davis: “Yes, it’s true, GOD FORBID is down. We are a family for the most part. Some move on while others keep it real like before the band began. I should feel sad, but I don’t right now because a new chapter has begun. I’ll be seeing you all around somewhere. Believe that.”

Drummer Corey Pierce said simply: “No more suspense… GOD FORBID is over. Sorry.”

“Equilibrium”, sold 3,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 156 on The Billboard 200 chart. The effort landed at No. 7 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.

“Equilibrium” was released on March 27, 2012 via Victory Records. The bulk of the CD was recorded by Mark Lewis (THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, WHITECHAPEL, DEVILDRIVER, TRIVIUM), with Jason Suecof (TRIVIUM, ALL THAT REMAINS, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, CHIMAIRA, DEVILDRIVER) stepping in during the the vocal-tracking stage. The effort was mixed by acclaimed Swedish producer Jens Bogren, who has previously worked with such acts as KATATONIA, OPETH, PARADISE LOST and AMON AMARTH.

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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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GHOST SHIP OCTAVIUS is a new band featuring guitarists Christopher Amott (ARMAGEDDON, ex-ARCH ENEMY) and Matt Wicklund (GOD FORBID, ex-HIMSA, WARREL DANE) and drummer Van Williams (ASHES OF ARES, PURE SWEET HELL, ex-NEVERMORE).

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Ghost Ship Octavius will feature a 17-year-old singing prodigy called Adon Fanion – hear him in action here.

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