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
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.

Heavy metal is a genre of rock music that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s, largely in the United Kingdom. With roots in blues rock, psychedelic rock, and acid rock, the bands that created heavy metal developed a thick, massive sound, characterized by highly amplified distortion, extended guitar solos, emphatic beats, and overall loudness. The genre's lyrics and performance styles are sometimes associated with aggression and machismo.



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]

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Cradle of Filth English metal band

Cradle of Filth are an English extreme metal band, formed in Suffolk, England in 1991. The band's musical style evolved originally from black metal to a cleaner and more "produced" amalgam of gothic metal, symphonic metal and other metal genres. Their lyrical themes and imagery are heavily influenced by Gothic literature, poetry, mythology and horror films. The band has gone through many lineup changes, with vocalist Dani Filth being the only constant member.

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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]

<i>Gone Forever</i> 2004 studio album by God Forbid

Gone Forever is the third full-length studio album by the New Jersey heavy metal quintet God Forbid. Jeff Loomis of Nevermore contributes the solo on track 7, "Soul Engraved". Track 2, "Antihero", was used in a sampler track hidden in Shadows Fall's album The War Within. Three music videos were released from this album for the tracks "Antihero", "Better Days" and the title track. The album entered the Top Independent Albums chart at number 34. The album has a different sound from their previous two albums, featuring strong thrash metal elements that would be included on all their following releases.

Ozzfest is an annual festival tour of the United States and sometimes Europe featuring performances by many heavy metal and hard rock musical groups. It was founded by Ozzy Osbourne and his wife Sharon Osbourne, both of whom also organise each yearly tour with their son Jack Osbourne. The Ozzfest tour has featured bands of a variety of genres within heavy metal and hard rock, including alternative metal, thrash metal, industrial metal, metalcore, hardcore punk, deathcore, nu metal, death metal, post-hardcore, gothic metal and black metal. Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath have played the tour several times over the years.

<i>IV: Constitution of Treason</i> 2005 studio album by God Forbid

IV: Constitution of Treason is the fourth full-length studio album by the New Jersey heavy metal quintet God Forbid. It is a concept album telling the story of a futuristic society that destroys itself, reforms many years later, and eventually destroys itself again in the same way as originally. The band's guitarist has said that the album's basic theme is the fact that humanity in general does not seem to learn from its mistakes. Three music videos were released from this album for the tracks "The End of the World", "Chains of Humanity" and "To the Fallen Hero". There is a special edition DualDisc version of this album, with a DVD documentary about the making of IV: Constitution of Treason entitled "The Act of Treason". This is the first album to chart, peaking at number 118 on the Billboard 200 selling 8,300 copies.

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]

<i>Earthsblood</i> 2009 studio album by God Forbid

Earthsblood is the fifth studio album by the American heavy metal band God Forbid. It was released in 2009, on February 16 in Europe and February 24 in North America, through Century Media Records. The album was produced by Eric Rachel with Christian Olde Wolbers handling all vocal tracking. The mixing was by Jens Bogren, and the artwork was by Gustavo Sazes. This is the last God Forbid album with rhythm guitarist Dallas Coyle. The song "Empire of the Gun" is a downloadable track for the video gameRock Band.

Lamb of God (band) metal band from United States

Lamb of God is an American heavy metal band from Richmond, Virginia. Formed in 1994 as Burn the Priest, the group consists of bassist John Campbell, drummer Chris Adler, vocalist Randy Blythe, and guitarists Mark Morton and Willie Adler. The band is considered a significant member of the New Wave of American Heavy Metal movement.

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.

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Kris Norris American musician

Kris Norris is the former guitarist for Scar the Martyr, Darkest Hour and Threat Signal. He is also known for his stints as touring guitarist for God Forbid and Straight Line Stitch. Kris released a solo record "Icons of the Illogical" with The Kris Norris Projekt on Magna Carta Records in early 2009.

Mayhem Festival

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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.

Equilibrium is the sixth and final studio album by the American metal band God Forbid. The album was released on March 26, 2012, through Victory Records.

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

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

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