God Forbid

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God Forbid
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God Forbid performing in The Hague, The Netherlands in 2009
Background information
Origin East Brunswick, New Jersey, United States
Genres Thrash metal,[1] melodic death metal, metalcore[2]
Years active 1996–2013
Labels Victory, Century Media, We Put Out, 9 Volt
Associated acts Darkest Hour
Past members Dallas Coyle
Byron Davis
Matt Wicklund
Doc Coyle
John Outcalt
Corey Pierce

God Forbid was an American heavy metal band formed in 1996 in East Brunswick, New Jersey.

Biography[edit]

Building up a following in the late 1990s by touring with bands such as GWAR, Nile, Cradle of Filth and Candiria, God Forbid's first full album Reject the Sickness was released by 9 Volt Records in 1999.[3] This album received heavy rotation from WSOU-FM in the New York City area and the band was subsequently signed to Century Media Records, releasing the album Determination in 2001.[3] They played on the MTV2 Headbangers Ball tour with Shadows Fall and Lamb of God.[4]

In 2004, they released Gone Forever, which along with a slot on Ozzfest's second-stage, increased their profile considerably.[4] The next year, they released IV: Constitution of Treason, a concept album about the end of the world.[1] It was their first album to enter the Billboard 200, debuting at number 118.[1] In 2005 and 2006, they supported Trivium on their UK tour along with Mendeed and Bloodsimple.[5][6] In late 2006 and early 2007, they headlined the Chains of Humanity tour.[7]

In 2007, God Forbid's "To the Fallen Hero" won the Independent Music Award for Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Song.[8] They released a DVD on June 10, 2008, and their fifth studio album, Earthsblood, was released on February 24, 2009, and landed at number 110 on the Billboard 200.[9] God Forbid toured across the United States and Canada in the No Fear Energy Music Tour featuring Lamb of God and others in April.[10]

In March 2009, Dallas Coyle left the band.[11] His replacement for the upcoming tour was named as former Darkest Hour guitarist Kris Norris.[12] He was later replaced by Matt Wicklund. In July 2009, God Forbid participated in the Rockstar Mayhem Festival along with Trivium, Bullet for My Valentine, Cannibal Corpse, All That Remains, Slayer, Marilyn Manson and many others.

In April 2010, the band issued an update that they started work on a new album.[13] The new album is titled Equilibrium[14] and was released on March 26, 2012.

From July 13 to August 28, 2012, God Forbid took part in Metal Hammer's "Trespass America Festival" headlined by Five Finger Death Punch with additional support from Battlecross, Emmure, Pop Evil, Trivium and Killswitch Engage.[15]

As of August 16, 2013 Doc Coyle posted on his personal website that he has chosen to leave God Forbid. Following this, Corey Pierce had said that the band is no more by a post on his Facebook page "No more suspense, God Forbid is over. Sorry". Right after this, Byron Davis had posted on his Facebook page "It's Friday and my boy is home doing well and yes it's true GF 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. Uncle Corey J needs some drums I have a guitar too for him. Blabbering".

Musical style[edit]

The musical style of God Forbid can be described as a combination of hardcore punk, thrash metal and melodic death metal pioneered by At the Gates and In Flames.[citation needed]

Band members[edit]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

EPs[edit]

  • Out of Misery (1998)
  • Better Days (2003)

Singles[edit]

  • "To the Fallen Hero" (2006, strictly limited tour single)

Compilation albums[edit]

Videos[edit]

  • Beneath the Scars of Glory and Progression (2008, DVD)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Constitution of Treason review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-09-28. 
  2. ^ "God Forbid". Last.fm. 2009-02-11. Retrieved 2011-09-28. 
  3. ^ a b Downey, Ryan. "God Forbid biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-03-15. 
  4. ^ a b York, William. "Gone Forever review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-03-15. 
  5. ^ "Trivium to Record New Album in April/May". Blabbermouth.net. 2005-11-09. Retrieved 2012-03-15. 
  6. ^ "God Forbid Prepare for U.S. Tour with Children of Bodom". Blabbermouth.net. 2006-02-01. Retrieved 2012-03-15. 
  7. ^ "Chains of Humanity Tour". Eventful.com. Retrieved 2012-03-15. 
  8. ^ "Past IMA Programs". Independentmusicawards.com. Retrieved 2011-09-28. 
  9. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Earthsblood review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-03-15. 
  10. ^ "Canada, Toronto, Ontario - No Fear Energy Music Tour". Metal Storm. Retrieved 2012-03-15. 
  11. ^ "Dallas Coyle officially out of God Forbid". metalsucks. 2009-03-31. Retrieved 2009-03-31. 
  12. ^ "God Forbid guitarist sits out U.S. tour". Idiomag. 2009-03-30. Retrieved 2009-03-31. 
  13. ^ "God Forbid - New Album in the Works". ListenOut. Retrieved 2010-04-10. 
  14. ^ Search results for God Forbid news at Blabbermouth.net
  15. ^ Paul, Long (April 24, 2012). "Tresspass America Touring Fest Breaks Out: FFDP, Killswitch, Trivium, God Forbid, Hit the Road". KNAC. Retrieved May 31, 2012. 

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