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Ghost Ship Octavius - 2015 Ghost Ship Octavius

ARTIST: Ghost Ship Octavius
ALBUM: Ghost Ship Octavius
LABEL: Self Released
YEAR: 2015


LINEUP: Matt Wicklund - guitars * Van Williams - drums * Adon Fanion - vocals, guitar * Dagna Silesia - bass (guest)

TRACK LISTING: 01 Saturn And Skies * 02 Alive * 03 Silence * 04 Mill Of The Gods * 05 In Dreams * 06 Pendulum * 07 Bloodcaster * 08 Epitaph * 09 Burn Away * 10 Sea Storm * 11 Fate Is Blind



I go through progressive metal in waves. These waves might roll through like a turbulent sea that takes a year or more to manifest. In early 2015, Ghostship Octavius roll through like the Edmund Fitzgerald on a really bad night in 1975 on Lake Superior. These guys have got a really good handle on what it's like to produce top notch progressive metal in the modern age, and I'm loving it from start to finish. GSO are an impressive American band out of New York City. Their band membership comes from outfits such as Nevermore and God Forbid, but it's their Symphony X meets Pagans Mind styled prog metal that's got everyone talking. Taking matters into into their own hands, GSO are going it alone without major label support but with friends such as Facebook and CD Baby, this album should be on everyone's radar. Particularly if prog metal is your game. GSO have been up in the videos section of GDM for a few weeks now. The track 'Mills Of The Gods' has been doing high rotation but the album doesn't start and stop with that one track. Oh no!

The Songs
'Saturn And Skies' is a big booming opener. Rapid fire guitar work, and it destroys the soundscape like a cannon off the port bow. You gotta give this one a go! So too 'Alive', with its epic like arrangement, soaring guitar solos and clever time/tempo manouvres. The orchestral wind-down is different too. Probably not the best song-title for a prog metal song, 'Silence', even the distorted piano intro is a bit duff, but things get cracking soon after with a powerful grinding display which is anything but silent. 'Mills Of The Gods' is my pick from the album, I like the synth arpeggio through the chorus which provides a change-up moment, as the verses are quite gruff, providing good contrast. 'In Dreams' undulates through a fair swag of intense prog metal. At times fast and punishing; other times slower paced and shifting between poignant quiet passages and intense power laden stuff. 'Pendulum' stands at the altar of the neo-classical movement, before turning on the speed to overload. GSO do trim it back somewhat, but you feel like they could hit the accelerator in an instant!

'Bloodcaster' comes from the euro metal camp, where any number of German metal-meisters could be held accountable as an influence. 'Epitaph' features some cool double-time drum work, though the song itself sounds restrained when compared to the earlier material gone before. 'Burn Away' is probably the most prog-metal oriented track here, with more than a hint of 'Empire' era Queensryche in the mix. Again, time changes galore, so don't expect to stand still with this one. It wouldn't be a typical metal sea-shanty from GSO without a maritime reference. We get one with 'Sea Storm', bucket drums, nautical sound effects, and a bemoaning arrangement that could find it's way onto a soundtrack like 'The Fog'. Finishing on a positive note, 'Fate Is Blind' leads us into a steady progressive blunderbuss of sound, though there are a few musical twists along the way before we sail out on the high tide.

In Summary
GSO is one of the better new prog-metal bands to find public opinion in 2015. Even more astounding is that this is a self-financed affair. Do they even need a label if the sort of success and support they are experiencing is anything to go by. You be the judge. You can find their CD over at CD Baby or on the GSO website.

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