Forfeit Thee Untrue

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Forfeit Thee Untrue
OriginBenoni, Gauteng, South Africa
Years active2006 (2006)–present
MembersCraig Palmer
Kenny Smith
Past membersSean Towsen
Gideon Karsten
Eckard van Tonder
Mitch Pearson

Forfeit Thee Untrue, also known as FTU, is a South African Christian metal band who formed in 2006. Remaining a 2-piece band until late 2011, at which point, lead vocalist/guitarist Gideon joined the band. Following their first studio-recorded track, 'Seven', they were offered a record deal by Sanctus Gladius Records, through which they released their debut EP, Blood Soaked Splinter (2013). After their recording contract lapsed with Sanctus Gladius Records they then signed with Rottweiler Records - their 2nd international record label. Most recently, FTU released their debut full-length album, Cremationem Jesus Lacrimam (2016), through Rottweiler Records.


The band originated in Benoni, Gauteng, South Africa, where they formed in 2006, with their current members being co-founder and drummer/percussionist, Craig Palmer, as well as current lead vocalist and guitarist, Kenny Smith. Previous lead vocalist/guitarist, Gideon Karsten, left the band in October 2017, shortly followed by bassist, Eckard van tonder. Early July 2018, then saw guitarist/vocalist, Mitch Pearson step down from the band.[3]

Music history[edit]

Their first release, Blood Soaked Splinter, an extended play, was released on 16 April 2013, by Sanctus Gladius Records.[4][5][6] The band are signed to Rottweiler Records, on 1 April 2016, they released, Cremationem Jesus Lacrimam, a studio album.[7] When asked what the translation of Cremationem Jesus Lacrimam was, Guitarist Mitch Pearson answered "The Cremation of Jesus' Tears".[8] In 2017, both Karsten and Tonder departed from the band, with the band becoming a duo.[9] Early May 2018, the band introduced a new member to the lineup - Kenny Smith - as the band's new lead vocalist/guitarist.[9][10]


Current members

  • Kenny Smith – Vocals, Guitars (2018–present)
  • Craig Palmer – Drums, percussion (2006–present)

Former members

  • Sean Towsen – rhythm guitar (2006–2013)
  • Gideon Karsten – lead vocals (2012–2017), rhythm guitar (2014–2017), lead guitar (2012), bass (2012–2013)
  • Eckard van Tonder – bass (2014–2017)
  • Mitch Pearson – Guitars (2012–July 2018), Vocals (2014–July 2018)



Studio albums


  • Blood Soaked Splinter (16 April 2013, Sanctus Gladius)[4][5][6][11]

Compilation appearances

  • Metal From The Dragon (Vol. 2) (2017; The Bearded Dragon Productions)


  1. ^ a b Leviathan, Reverend (11 May 2016). "Forfeit Thee Untrue – Cremationem Jesus Lacrimam". Darkest Goth Magazine. Retrieved 30 June 2016.
  2. ^ a b c DarcyRumble (21 March 2016). "REVIEW: FORFEIT THEE UNTRUE — CREMATIONEM JESUS LACRIMAM". Giants in the Sound. Retrieved 30 June 2016.
  3. ^ Saayman, Johan (2 September 2013). "Metal on their minds, Bible in their hearts". Perdeby. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  4. ^ a b Larson, Michael. "Forfeit Thee Untrue – Blood Soaked Splinter". HM Magazine. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  5. ^ a b Saayman, Johan (2 September 2013). "Forfeit Thee Untrue: Blood Soaked Splinter". Perdeby. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  6. ^ a b Metcalf, Tom. "Album Review: Forfeit Thee Untrue – Blood Soaked Splinter". Untombed. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  7. ^ a b Versaw, Larry (31 March 2016). "Forfeit Thee Untrue – Cremationem Jesus Lacrimam". Reanimated Radio. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  8. ^ Beard, Mace (18 April 2016). "Interview: Forfeit Thee Untrue". The Bearded Dragon's Metal. Retrieved 23 June 2016.
  9. ^ a b Andrew A, Jeffery (18 May 2018). "INTERVIEW: FORFEIT THEE UNTRUE". Beyond the Grave. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  10. ^ "OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!!! Ladies and..." Facebook. 7 May 2018. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  11. ^ Magelsson, John (6 July 2014). Forfeit Thee Untrue – Blood Soaked Splinter at the Wayback Machine (archive index). Indie Vision Music. Retrieved 18 October 2016.