God Forbid

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God Forbid
God Forbid performing in The Hague, The Netherlands in 2009
God Forbid performing in The Hague, The Netherlands in 2009
Background information
OriginEast Brunswick, New Jersey, United States
Years active1996–2013
Associated acts
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. After releasing six full-length albums, the band announced its breakup in 2013.


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.[1] 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.[1] They played on the MTV2 Headbangers Ball tour with Shadows Fall and Lamb of God.[2]

In 2004, they released Gone Forever, which, along with a slot on Ozzfest's second-stage, increased their profile considerably.[2] The next year, they released IV: Constitution of Treason, a concept album about the end of the world.[3] It was their first album to enter the Billboard 200, debuting at number 118.[3] In 2005 and 2006, they supported Trivium on their UK tour along with Mendeed and Bloodsimple.[4][5] In late 2006 and early 2007, they headlined the Chains of Humanity tour.[6]

In 2007, God Forbid's "To the Fallen Hero" won the Independent Music Award for Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Song.[7] 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.[8] God Forbid toured across the United States and Canada in the No Fear Energy Music Tour featuring Lamb of God and others in April.[9]

In March 2009, Dallas Coyle left the band.[10] His replacement for the upcoming tour was named as former Darkest Hour guitarist Kris Norris.[11] 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.[12] The new album is titled Equilibrium[13] 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.[14]

In late 2012, the band co-headlined the Party To The Apocalypse 2012 tour with Shadows Fall starring Thy Will Be Done and Trumpet The Harlot. [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]

God Forbid have been described as melodic death metal,[16] death metal,[16] metalcore,[17] thrash metal,[18][19][17][20] and as key-players in the New wave of American heavy metal.[21]

Band members[edit]


Studio albums[edit]



Compilation albums[edit]


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


  1. ^ a b Downey, Ryan. "God Forbid biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-03-15.
  2. ^ a b York, William. "Gone Forever review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-03-15.
  3. ^ a b Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Constitution of Treason review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-09-28.
  4. ^ "Trivium to Record New Album in April/May". Blabbermouth.net. 2005-11-09. Archived from the original on 2007-10-01. Retrieved 2012-03-15.
  5. ^ "God Forbid Prepare for U.S. Tour with Children of Bodom". Blabbermouth.net. 2006-02-01. Archived from the original on 2007-03-18. Retrieved 2012-03-15.
  6. ^ "Chains of Humanity Tour". Eventful.com. Retrieved 2012-03-15.
  7. ^ "Past IMA Programs". Independentmusicawards.com. Retrieved 2011-09-28.
  8. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Earthsblood review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-03-15.
  9. ^ "Canada, Toronto, Ontario - No Fear Energy Music Tour". Metal Storm. Retrieved 2012-03-15.
  10. ^ "Dallas Coyle officially out of God Forbid". metalsucks. 2009-03-31. Retrieved 2009-03-31.
  11. ^ "God Forbid guitarist sits out U.S. tour". Idiomag. 2009-03-30. Retrieved 2009-03-31.
  12. ^ "God Forbid - New Album in the Works". ListenOut. Archived from the original on 2010-06-09. Retrieved 2010-04-10.
  13. ^ Search results for God Forbid news at Blabbermouth.net
  14. ^ Paul, Long (April 24, 2012). "Trespass America Touring Fest Breaks Out: FFDP, Killswitch, Trivium, God Forbid, Hit the Road". KNAC. Archived from the original on October 20, 2012. Retrieved May 31, 2012.
  15. ^ "Shadows Fall, God Forbid, Thy Will Be Done Announce U.S. Tour". Blabbermouth.net. 2012-09-18. Retrieved 2013-12-10.
  16. ^ a b "God Forbid on Apple Music". Apple Music. Retrieved 18 January 2018.
  17. ^ a b "God Forbid - Metal Storm". www.metalstorm.net. Retrieved 18 January 2018.
  18. ^ "God Forbid". Retrieved 18 January 2018.
  19. ^ Inc, The Crisis Publishing Company (18 January 2018). "The Crisis". The Crisis Publishing Company, Inc. Retrieved 18 January 2018 – via Google Books.
  20. ^ "DOC COYLE Quits GOD FORBID". 16 August 2013. Retrieved 18 January 2018.
  21. ^ "Q&A with ex-God Forbid Drummer Corey Pierce - MetalSucks". 4 March 2016. Retrieved 18 January 2018.

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