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God Forbid

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Formed: 1998
From: New Brunswick, NJ, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Latest God Forbid News

Below is our complete God Forbid news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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God Forbid Announces Breakup

East Brunswick, New Jersey based metalcore veterans God Forbid have announced that they have decided to disband after seventeen years and six full length albums. The news comes after guitarist Doc Coyle posted a message online three days ago declaring that he had left the band. A statement from guitarist Matt Wicklund reads as follows:

"Hello everyone! As many of you have heard, God Forbid has broken up. It is a sad time for us and also a time of new beginnings. The past 4 years have been an amazing journey for me and I am forever thankful for the experiences I have gained and the the musical family that I was welcomed into. I have grown immensely from all of this as an artist and a person. I am very proud of the album Equilibrium that I got to write and record with the guys and I loved every minute I got to play all of the songs, new and old, on stages around the world for all of the wild and loyal GF fans. Thank you all again for the good times. Cheers to all of you and to my brothers Doc Coyle, John Outcalt, Corey Pierce, and Byron Davis.

"New chapters are unfolding for all of us and I am taking all I've learned forward into a new and exciting musical adventure. Ghost Ship Octavius is now my main musical outlet and I would be honored to see all of you again and share this new journey with you all! Here's to good memories and to amazing things yet to come!!!" More...

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New Metal Added To The Rock Band Network

The gaming public's love/obsession for music games has unquestionably died down in the last couple of years, and the output on the Rock Band Network has been steadily decreasing over the previous months.

For those out there who still can't wait for Friday night to take shots and badly scream into a microphone, you've got a few new tracks coming your way (although Xbox players will be disappointed to learn they actually get less new music than PS3 gamers for once). Xbox 360 fans now have access to this new track:

War of Ages - “Silent Night” (80 MSP)

PS3 players instead will get these songs on 1/29/2013 (North America) and 1/30/2013 (Europe):

The Dillinger Escape Plan - "Gold Teeth on a Bum" ($1.99)
Taproot - "No Surrender" ($1.99)
God Forbid - "Don't Tell Me What to Dream" ($1.99)

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God Forbid Announces Hurricane Benefit Show

Victory Records has issued the following announcement about God Forbid holding a Hurricane Sandy benefit show:

"On October 29th, 2012 the east coast experienced one of the largest Atlantic hurricanes on record that affected millions and destroyed thousands of homes, businesses and communities in its path. Hurricane Sandy made landfall in Atlantic City, New Jersey and ripped its way through New York City and other coastal communities.

"New Jersey melodic metallers God Forbid were personally affected by this storm as were their fans, family and friends. They are very pleased to announce that on Friday, January 11th at The Boneyard in Atlantic City they will be participating in Revive The Shore Part III, a concert series that will benefit areas affected by Hurricane Sandy. Doors open at 6 pm and tickets are available for $15 dollars in advance or $18 at the door. More information can be found here." More...

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Victory Records Bands Wish You Happy Holidays

Victory Records has posted a video clip online featuring holiday messages to the fans from members of Blackguard, Continents, A Hero A Fake, God Forbid, Emmure, and more. Check out the clip below, and Victory Records also commented:

"2012 has been a year filled with noteworthy releases and killer tours from Victory Records and their artists. Watch the holiday video below and get ready for a mind-blowing New Year!

"Stay tuned for the release of brand new albums from Otep, Fall City Fall, and Continents out January 22nd. Pre-order packages are available at the Victory Records’ webstore."

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God Forbid Checks In From Trespass Festival

God Forbid, which recently had to cancel a festival appearance due to theft, has now posted a brief video clip of drummer Corey Pierce talking about the competiveness in his home state of New Jersey and why he loves Kevin Smith and the movies he creates. Check out the clip below.

God Forbid is currently touring across the U.S. on the Trespass America Festival with Five Finger Death Punch and more. The tour concludes in Los Angeles on August 28th and then God Forbid will headline three shows in Shreveport, Memphis and Louisville with support from Battlecross. More...

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God Forbid Cancels Festival Show Due To Theft

God Forbid has announced the band will be canceling its previously scheduled performance at HeavyMTL this weekend due to Doc Coyle being robbed in San Antonio. The band comments, "God Forbid is sorry to have to cancel their performance at this years Heavy MTL! Due to reasons beyond our control! (Remember when Doc's bag was stolen, his passport was in the bag!)"

Doc also posted the following message on Sunday:

"So two days ago in San Antonio, someone stole my bag out of our dressing room with my MacBook pro laptop, iPod, hard drive, headphones, passport, toiletries, etc. It was in a beat up Swiss Gear backpack. If anyone who was there saw anything suspicious or lives in the area recognizes any of these items, please let me know. I do everything with my computer. Communicate, create music. This sucks big time, but it's just stuff. I am lucky I have my health. So many are less fortunate."

For more on God Forbid, check out the band's "Equilibrium" video over at this location.

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God Forbid Checks In From Trespass America Fest

VicTorV, the monthly in-house video from Victory Records, heads to Milwaukee, WI for an 80th episode to spend the day at the Trespass America Festival with God Forbid and Emmure. In this episode, fans get an up close and personal glimpse of all the excitement on and off stage and what can be expected nightly. Check out the clip below.

In other news, you can also watch God Forbid's music video for "Equilibrium" over at this location.

Upcoming Trespass America dates are: More...

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God Forbid Posts "Equilibrium" Video

New Jersey metal warriors God Forbid have unleashed a new music video for the title track “Equilibrium,” taken from their March release of the same name.

Filmed in Brooklyn, NY and directed by Eric Richter, "Equilibrium" takes you through the layers of life. “It's about discovering that no matter how much you strive to achieve a goal, you become sidetracked. You look for ways to find patience and balance while becoming stable and finding a renewed feeling or belief in what may come your way," says vocalist, Byron Davis. Watch the video in the player below. More...

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God Forbid Announces New Tour Dates

New Jersey warriors God Forbid have teamed up with Battlecross to bring fans more metal - starting on July 6th in Springfield, VA, God Forbid will be headlining a set of dates leading up to the Tresspass America Festival. God Forbid will also be performing on a series of off dates with Battlecross. Dates are available below or over at the Victory Records website.

Headlining Tour Dates:
7/06-Springfield, VA @ Empire 7/07-Richmond, VA @ Kingdom
7/08- Winston –Salem, NC @ Ziggy’s
7/10- Fayetteville, AR @ Stone Pony
7/12- Wichita, KS @ The Scenery
7/18- St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
7/20- Joliet, IL @ Mojoe’s **** GOD FORBID ONLY *****
8/09- S. Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
8/11- Montreal, QC @ Heavy MTL
8/31- Shreveport, LA @ The Riverside Warehouse
9/01- Memphis, TN @ Newby’s

TRESPASS AMERICA FESTIVAL DATES:
7/13 – Broomfield, CO @ 1st Bank Center
7/15 – Billings, MT @ Metra Park Arena
7/16 – Bismarck, ND @ Bismarck Civic Center
7/17 – Sioux Falls, SD @ Sioux Falls Arena
7/19 – Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom
7/21 – Fort Wayne, IN @ Allen County Expo Center
7/22 – Waterloo, IA @ McElroy Auditorium
7/24 – Lubbock, TX @ Lonestar Amphitheatre
7/25 – Belton, TX @ Bell County Expo Center
7/27 – San Antonio, TX @ Freeman Coliseum
7/28 – Beaumont, TX @ Ford Pavilion
7/30 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
7/31 – Evansville, IN @ Ford Center
8/01 – Cincinnati, OH @ PNC Pavilion At Riverbend Music
8/03 – Battle Creek, MI @ Kellogg Arena
8/04 – Rochester Hills, MI @ Meadowbrook Arena
8/05 - Cleveland, OH @ Jacobs Pavilion
8/07 - Syracuse, NY @ Oswego Speedway
8/08 – Glens Falls, NY @ Glens Falls Civic Center
8/10 – Scarborough, ME @ Scarborough Downs
8/14 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
8/15 – Hartford, CT @ Comcast Theatre
8/17 – Worchester, MA @ DCU Center
8/18 – Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center
8/19 – Philadelphia, PA @ Penn’s Landing – Festival Pier
8/21 – Charlotte, NC @ Time Warner Cable Uptown
8/22 - Knoxville, TN @ Knoxville Civic Coliseum
8/24 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Zoo Amphitheater
8/25 – Rio Rancho, NM @ Santa Ana Star Center
8/26 – Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theater
8/28 - Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium

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Bands Talk Best/Worst Stage Moves

Everybody has stage moves, but does that mean they are good? As part of Metal Injection's ongoing "Ask The Artist" series, the question of best and worst stage moves was posted to members of Dragonforce, Black Dahlia Murder, All Shall Perish, Fit For An Autopsy, Obey The Brave, The Acacia Strain, Skeletonwitch, Last Chance To Reason, The Contortionist, Holy Grail, Periphery, iwrestledabearonce, Hung, Overkill, God Forbid and Unearth.

Check out the clip of metal bands talking the best and worst on-stage moves at this location or in the player available below. More...

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God Forbid's Doc Coyle Talks Touring

Victory Records has posted a video clip online of God Forbid's Doc Coyle talking about the touring lifestyle, which can be viewed below. The label also commented:

"Check out what Guitarist/Vocalist Doc Coyle from God Forbid had to say about being on tour, and what he likes to do with his "down time" on tour!

"Catch them with Five Finger Death Punch, Trivium, Killswitch Engage, Emmure, Pop Evil, and Battlecross on the Metal Hammer Trespass America Festival!"

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Victory Records Streaming Free 20 Song Sampler

Victory Records has posted a new 20 song sampler online for streaming, which can be found below. The label also commented:

"Check out our new 20 song music sampler available now on Soundcloud. It features songs from Emmure, A Day To Remember, God Forbid, first listens to brand new tracks from Dr. Acula, A Hero A Fake and These Hearts plus 14 other Victory artists.

"Listen and subscribe now at the Victory Records Soundcloud page or visit our Facebook profile and click on the 'Soundcloud Sampler' Tab." More...

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Metal Bands Share Their Favorite Road Munchies

Metalinjection.com has posted a new video in the "Ask the Artist" series online, asking bands the question of "what is your favorite munchie while touring?"

Check out the answers from members of The Black Dahlia Murder, Oceano, Skeletonwitch, God Forbid, All Shall Perish, Fit For An Autopsy, Obey The Brave, The Acacia Strain, Last Chance To Reason, The Contortionist, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Holy Grail, Suidakra, Periphery, iwrestledabearonce, Hung, Overkill and Unearth at this location or in the player below. More...

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Diamond Plate Vocalist To Miss Rest Of Tour

Diamond Plate has announced that bassist and lead vocalist Jon Macak will be departing from the band's tour with Overkill and God Forbid to return home due to a recent family emergency. The band has decided to continue on with the remainder of the trek with tour manager and close friend Dan Valente filling in on bass and vocal duties.

Jon Macak stated, "I am very sad to say that I will not be able to be a part of the last six Killfest dates. I will be flying home to Chicago Sunday morning to be with my mother who is very ill and needs my support. There is a chance that she does not have much time left so I want to be by her side as much as possible. The rest of the band will finish the tour without me and I want to thank everyone for their support and understanding."

Diamond Plate also added, "We all wish Jon and his family strength through this incredibly hard time. Words can't describe how much Jon's presence will be missed on stage as a frontman, but most importantly our best friend. After these shows without him, we will come back stronger than ever and with a new understanding of what it means to be a band. An incredible thanks goes out to Dan Valente, our tour manager, who will help us finish the tour by handling bass and vocal duties. Thank you to all the fans for the support and understanding, and please keep Jon's family in your positive thoughts."

The final leg of the tour to include Dan will be as follows:

May 08 – Tampa, FL - The Orpheum
May 09 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Culture Room
May 10 – Atlanta, GA -The Masquerade
May 11 – West Springfield, VA - Jaxx Nightclub
May 12 – New York, NY - Best Buy Theater

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Five Finger Death Punch Headline Trespass America

Introducing Trespass America, a newly-minted music festival set on revitalizing the metal scene with some of the most current and credible bands in hard rock/metal. A co-production with Trespass America and Metal Hammer, the biggest metal magazine in the U.K., the tour kicks off July 13 at the 1st Bank Center in Broomfield, Colorado, and will cover 31 cities in two months between July and August with stops across the United States. Ticket on-sales begin this Friday, April 27.

Opening the show will be newcomers Battlecross, the most-played new band on the SiriusXM channel, "Liquid Metal." New Jersey monsters God Forbid, who just released a brand new album "Equilibrium," will stir up the circle pits with new songs and hits spanning their long career. Deathcore masters Emmure are coming out swinging in support of their new album, "Slave to the Game." Michigan's Pop Evil will carry the torch of grassroots hard rock to the crowd, while the melodic guitar thrash of Trivium and the reunited lineup of metalcore legends Killswitch Engage will bring a crushing intensity to Trespass America. More...

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Suidakra Comments On New Tour

German Celtic pagan metal band Suidakra is kicking off a tour today with global thrash legends Overkill, God Forbid and Diamond Plate. The tour starts tonight April 20th in Philadelphia, PA and wraps up May 12th in New York, New York. Guitarist and front man Arkadius commented on the start of the band's North American tour:

"After playing three US tours in the past we are more than excited to come back and hit the road today. We are very excited to be presenting our latest album Book Of Dowth to the American audience for the first time. The States have been good to us the last few times we played here, so we're expecting some awesome shows and we are ready to meet some friends, fans and kick their asses ;-)!!"

Suidakra is touring in support of the "Book of Dowth" album (reviewed here) on the following dates:

4/20: Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
4/21: Worcester, MA @ The Palladium - NEMF
4/22: Syracuse, NY @ Lost Horizon
4/23: Columbus, OH @ Screamin Willie's
4/24: Detroit, MI @ Blondie's
4/25: Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
4/26: Kansas City, MO @ Beaumont Club
4/27: Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
4/28: Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
4/30: Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
5/1: Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
5/2: San Francisco, CA @ The Grand Ballroom at Regency Center
5/3: Los Angeles, CA @ Club Nokia
5/5: Austin, TX @ Emo's East
5/6: Dallas, TX @ Trees
5/8: Orlando, FL @ The Club at Firestone
5/9: Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
5/10: Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
5/11: West Springfield, VA @ Empire
5/12: New York, NY @ Best Buy Theater

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Diamond Plate To Kick Off Tour Tomorrow

Chicago thrashers Diamond Plate are gearing up for a U.S. tour with thrash legends Overkill, which kicks off tomorrow, Friday, March 20th in Philadelphia.

Also joining Diamond Plate and Overkill on "The Electric Age Tour" are God Forbid and Suidakra. Diamond Plate lead guitarist Konrad Kupiec comments:

"We're excited as hell to be going out with the legends Overkill! Also being on a package with God Forbid and Suidakra makes the whole tour that much better. It's been months since we did a full US tour, so we can't wait to see all of our fans again. A few years ago as kids we had the honor of opening an Overkill show in Chicago and to this day it remains one of our best hometown shows. We're looking to recreate that same moment in every city on this tour. Come out and feel the energy!"

Apr. 20 - Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero Theater
Apr. 21 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium
Apr. 22 - Syracuse, NY - Lost Horizon
Apr. 23 - Columbus, OH - Screamin' Willie's
Apr. 24 - Detroit, MI - Blondies
Apr. 25 - Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge
Apr. 26 - Kansas City, MO - Beaumont Club
Apr. 27 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater
Apr. 28 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Complex
Apr. 30 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
May 01 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theatre
May 02 - San Francisco, CA - The Grand Ballroom
May 03 - Los Angeles, CA - Nokia Theatre
May 05 - Austin, TX - Emo's East
May 06 - Dallas, TX - Trees
May 08 - Tampa, FL - Orpheum
May 09 - Fort Lauderdale, FL - Culture Room
May 10 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
May 11 - Springfield, VA - Jaxx
May 12 - New York, NY - Best Buy Theater

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Metal Injection Posts New "On The Record" Episode

Metal Injection has released the second episode of a series which turns the camera onto the people working behind the scenes in the music industry, titled "On The Record." This is the second of a five-part series focusing on "A Decade Of Metal."

Each week, some of the heavyweights that make the heavy metal industry tick will weigh in on the biggest subjects to occur in the metal scene in the last decade and this edition focuses on the ever growing amount of sub-genres in heavy metal that formed in the last decade, with genres such as metalcore, deathcore, pirate metal, re-thrash and more "out there" genres like crabcore and Sumeriancore discussed.

Watch the episode through Metal Injection or in the player below. Episode 1 focusing on the biggest reunions of the last 10 years, can also be seen at this location. More...

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Hatebreed's Matt Byrne Announces Drum Clinic

Hatebreed's Matt Byrne and God Forbid’s Corey Pierce will take part in a special drum clinic presented by The Collective on Thursday, April 19th at The Collective School of Music in New York City.

The clinic will begin at 7pm and admission is $15. To purchase tickets, please call 212-741-0091 ex100. For more information, visit this location.

It can also be announced that Hatebreed has begun pre-production on the band's upcoming album. The band is currently on tour in South America and will resume production after the aforementioned clinic. More...

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God Forbid Posts More Behind The Scenes Footage

"The Making of Equilibrium" video series gives you the first look at God Forbid's brand new album from inside the studio. Part 5 features exclusive footage of vocalist Byron Davis as he talks about the drive of the band.

Watch the studio update, including a clip of a new track called “Scraping The Walls," in the player below. "Equilibrium" is available online and in stores now. God Forbid also recently released a music video for the song "Where We Come From." More...

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