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Tag Archives: Van Williams

Video premiere: Ghost Ship Octavius, “In Dreams”

Posted by on May 31, 2016

Seattle essentially got their own metal supergroup when Ghost Ship Octavius formed back in 2013. Featuring guitarist Matt Wicklund (God Forbid, Himsa) and former Nevermore drummer Van Williams, the band successfully crowdfunded their debut album, a progressive and heavy collection of songs ably fronted by newcomer Adon Fanion’s vocals. The band filmed a video at Seattle’s […]

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Help Ghost Ship Octavius fund the making of their full-length and appear on the album’s cover!

Posted by on March 7, 2014

Ghost Ship Octavius, the new group featuring ex-God Forbid guitarist Matt Wicklund and ex-Nevermore drummer Van Williams, is set to begin work on their debut full-length with Grammy award winning producer Neil Kernon in Seattle. However, while they decided to go the DIY route, they need help funding the recording and manufacturing of said album. […]

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A Christopher Amott-less Ghost Ship Octavius release new music

Posted by on September 4, 2013

We’ve been pretty excited about new band Ghost Ship Octavius, which started out as a side project for guitarists Christopher Amott (formerly of Arch Enemy) and Matt Wicklund (God Forbid) and former Nevermore drummer Van Williams. Things have definitely changed within the band in the last few weeks, however. First off, God Forbid disbanded a […]

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Ghost Ship Octavius shred in new video

Posted by on July 8, 2013

Remember Ghost Ship Octavius? That new project that former Arch Enemy guitarist Christopher Amott and God Forbid guitarist Matt Wicklund  came together to make? Well they went ahead and released a new production sampler video via Matt Wicklund’s Youtube channel. The video shows that the band is going to have some insanely shred-tastic guitar parts. […]

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Former Arch Enemy Guitarist Launches New Band With God Forbid/Ex-Nevermore Members

Posted by on July 1, 2013

Former Arch Enemy guitarist Christopher Amott is teaming up with some familiar faces to create a new project called Ghost Ship Octavius. After leaving Arch Enemy, Amott released one solo album called Impulses in 2012, but besides announcing his intentions to record a new Armageddon record, has otherwise stayed out of the metal scene. Along […]

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Jeff Loomis Talks Publicly For The First Time Since Leaving Nevermore

Posted by on September 21, 2011

Jeff Loomis and Van Williams’ departure from Nevermore surprised many in the metal community. Since then, singer Warrel Dane has been the most vocal about the split, while Williams broke his silence to respond to Dane’s less than kind words about him. However, until today, we had not heard a word from Loomis about the […]

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Nevermore Drama Likely To Never End, Ex-Drummer Responds To Singer’s Comments

Posted by on August 23, 2011

Since guitarist Jeff Loomis and drummer Van Williams’ departure from Nevermore, singer Warral Dane has been the only one vocal about Nevermore’s current predicament. And in a recent interview with Greece’s Rock Overdose, Dane might have added more fuel to the fire. When asked about Loomis and Williams leaving the band, Dane said the following: […]

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Warrel Dane Calls Nevermore “The Greatest Band That Alcohol Ever Ruined”

Posted by on July 12, 2011

Singer Warrel Dane first broke his silence regarding Nevermore’s future without guitarist Jeff Loomis and drummer Van Williams last week when he confirmed via Twitter that the band is “not dead.” In an interview with the ProgPower USA festival this past weekend, though, Dane gave more insight into Loomis and Williams’ departure. Though giving mainly […]

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Warrel Dane Says Nevermore AND Sanctuary Are Very Much Alive

Posted by on July 5, 2011

Fans were shocked when guitarist Jeff Loomis and drummer Van Williams announced their departure from Nevermore back in April. Since then, the remaining members of the Seattle prog metal group (singer Warrel Dane and bassist Jim Sheppard) have kept quiet. Those worried that Nevermore may become no more, though, should be relieved by Dane’s recent […]

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Nevermore Parts Ways With Jeff Loomis and Van Williams

Posted by on April 21, 2011

This would certainly explain why Nevermore dropped off of Symphony X’s upcoming headlining tour. In a shocking twist, it’s been announced that guitarist Jeff Loomis and drummer Van Williams have left the Seattle progressive metal group. In a joint statement, the two had the following to say: “In a mutual decision Jeff Loomis and Van […]

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