UPDATE: [Thanks to Bad English]: God Forbid have officially called it quits, according to their guitarist Matt Wicklund, vocalist Byron Davis and now also on their official Facebook page. It seems like the end has really come for the American band.
New Jersey thrash metal warriors God Forbid have unleashed a new music video for the title track "Equilibrium", taken from their March release of the same name, out via Victory Records. The video was filmed in Brooklyn, New York, it was directed by Eric Richter and you can watch it below.
"Don't Tell Me What To Dream", a new song from US melodic thrash metal/metalcore outfit God Forbid is currently streaming online and you can listen to it below. The song is taken from the band's forthcoming new album titled Equilibrium, which will be released on March 26th through Victory Records.
We are excited to announce the signing of New Brunswick, New Jersey's melodic, thrash-metal warriors, God Forbid, to a merchandising, publishing and recording deal. Both Victory Records and God Forbid are veterans at their respective crafts, so it would seem that fate has now pieced together two longstanding staples of the hardcore and metal scenes. This marks the next chapter for God Forbid, a band that has sold 300,000+ albums over the last decade...
The guys from God Forbid are in the writing process for a new album. In a quite lengthy update by guitarist Doc Coyle, the following was announced:
"Now we immerse ourselves back in the writing process for the next God Forbid album for an unknown record label as our contact with Century Media has ended. It's always difficult to tell how a new album will sound this early in the process, but I can say that our new guitar player Matt Wicklund is contributing tons of material. His stuff is very hook oriented with a Scandinavian twinge. The stuff I've been writing has been varied from evil Morbid Angels, black metal shit to mid tempo/power groove Machine Head type stuff, and signature GF material that is a logical progression from our previous albums. The process has changed with all of the touring and space between members, there's been more writing and demoing on our own. I'm finally utilizing technology. It's cool. I like it a little more than recording my out of time riffs into a tape recorder with my old Peavey practice amp. Now it's Garageband, Line 6 tone port and EZ Drummer. I may yet still become a professional."
"We are sad to announce that Dallas Coyle has decided to leave God Forbid. Here's what guitarist Doc Coyle had to say on the matter: "There have been a barrage of rumors and questions on whether or not Dallas has left God Forbid. It's true that Dallas has left the band. It's taken us a few days to confirm this definitely, and figure out what we were going to do considering the fact that we are starting a very important tour with Lamb Of God this week.
I don't want to go into the hairy details, but all I can say is that there was a mutual disagreement between Dallas and I, and the disagreement became angry on both sides, and he decided to sit out the tour the day we were supposed to leave. We later learned he did not want to tour anymore at all. Everyone in the band, including myself, was upset and shocked. For me, it's a lot tougher because he's my brother and I have a very close bond with him. We've done everything together our whole lives, so it's difficult to deal with emotionally but I understand he has bigger responsibilities at home to care for. I wish he would've handled it in a different way, but I am not angry at him for leaving if he is unhappy with our situation. I really hope he finds success and happiness in his future pursuits.
US metallers God Forbid have posted online a new song, entitled "The Rain", on their MySpace page.
The track comes off the group's new album, entitled "Earthsblood", which will be released via Century Media Records on February 16th, 2009 in Europe and February 24th, 2009 in the US.
"Earthsblood" was produced by Eric Rachel (Atreyu) with Christian Olde Wolbers (Fear Factory, Threat Signal) handling all vocal tracking. The mixing was handled by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Soilwork, Amon Amarth).
A free mp3 download of "War Of Attrition" is NOW available on the band's newly unveiled NING website. Go to http://www.godforbid1.com and click to enter at the bottom of the page. You will have to sign up in order to receive the mp3.
God Forbid guitarist Doc Coyle has posted the following announcement on the God Forbid MySpace:
"All of us in God Forbid are proud to unveil the cover artwork for our forthcoming album "Earthsblood"! The album layout and our spiffy new MySpace design were both done by our new partner in crime and artistic virtuoso Gustavo Sazes. Based out of Brazil, he hasn't done many American bands. For "Earthsblood", we thought it would be great to go with someone who isn't one of the usual suspects for album design in modern metal. The cover turned out much better than we ever hoped. It fully captures the dark and organic, yet emotional atmosphere of the album. The detail and abstract imagery is haunting and beautiful. The color scheme is perfect. I assure you all that the rest of the layout is just as impressive as the cover. Hopefully it will give people incentive to want to buy the CD (as opposed to downloading) to be able to enjoy the artwork first hand. This is my favorite God Forbid album artwork to date!"
As part of compilation CD celebrating Century Media Record's 20th anniversary, God Forbid has recorded a cover version of the song "Master Killer" originally recorded by legendary and influential NYC Metal/Hardcore crossover band Merauder. More info about that all-cover "Covering 20 Years Of Extremes" compilation here.
Here's what God Forbid guitarist Doc had to say about the track:
"Merauder was one of the first CM bands we collectively got into. Although we're a metal band, we came up in the hardcore scene, so covering Merauder really honored our roots! They were an under exposed band, so we hope to shed light to those who don't know and pay respects to the die hards who've appreciated Merauder all these years. I think people will enjoy this tribute."
God Forbid have uploaded a new song online, called "Empire Of The Gun". The song, which comes from the yet untilted upcoming album, can be heard on the band's MySpace.
A short statement from the band: "We've uploaded a new track. This is the test mix that Jens Bogren did. We're really happy with it and we hope you dig it too. It'll be up till Monday morning, so get your listen on!"
"New Jersey's metal titans God Forbid entered the studio this week with longtime producer Eric Rachel (Atreyu, The Dillinger Escape Plan) to begin tracking their much anticipated new full-length album. This new effort is the follow up to the group's most successful offering yet, "IV: The Constitution Of Treason", and the depth and diversity on this disc is easily going to position the band as of one the most innovative bands within the genre. This is an entirely new God Forbid that have matured beyond their years and are now more focused than ever before.
Doc Coyle (guitars, vocals) states: "Here we are! We have begun recording the new God Forbid album at Trax East in South River, NJ with Eric Rachel. Everyone in the band is really focused on this record and super excited about the songs. We did a very in depth pre-production for the last 2 weeks, where a lot of kinks have been worked out. There is more preparation for this album and any previous one. We have to give serious thanks to Steve Lagudi, who brought an entire studio to John's house to record pre-pro, and busted his ass engineering and tracking for two weeks. The material is varied and challenging, and I definitely feel another shift in the trajectory of our sound. We will be doing a studio blog keeping everyone posted about the progress, and also video taping as much as possible. Stay tuned to our MySpace page http://www.myspace.com/godforbid for updates. Horns!"