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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 Comments On Canceled Mezcal Fest

God Forbid has issued the following announcement about the Mezcal Metal Fest being canceled:

"Unfortunately, our appearance at the Mezcal Metal Fest in Mexico City this upcoming weekend has been canceled due to the entire festival being scrapped by the promoters. We apologize to all of our Mexican fans who have been looking forward to seeing the band. We hope to play in Mexico in the future to make up these past cancellations which have been out of our control.

"On a good note God Forbid has booked a special Halloween show in Baltimore @ Rams Head Live with our good friends in Diecast. This will be a Heavy Metal Costume affair, so look scary! This will be a great time, and we're psyched to jam and get out of the rehearsal room for the writing of the new album."

The upcoming God Forbid shows are as follows:

10/2 - Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom w/ 40 Below Summer, With Daggers Drawn
10/31 - Baltimore, MA @ Rams Head Live w/ Diecast

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God Forbid Announces Two Upcoming Shows

God Forbid has checked in with the following update about playing two upcoming live shows:

"God Forbid will take a break from writing the new album to play some very special concert events! The first will be GF's first appearance ever in Mexico at the Mezcal Metal Fest with Twisted Sister, Obituary, Death Angel and many more. The 2nd show will take place in our stomping ground at the Starland Ballroom with 40 Below Summer who will be reuniting to play their Invitation to the Dance album in it's entirety. This show will probably sell out, so get your tickets ASAP!"

The details of the shows are as follows:

9/26 - Mexico City, MX @ World Trade Center (Mezcal Metal Fest)
10/2 - Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom

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New Metal Tracks Available On Rock Band This Week

It's almost the weekend again, and that means new additions to the Rock Band Network to get your head banging before that terrible Monday rolls around. The most notable metal additions to this week's lineup are Meshuggah, Demon Hunter, and Wargasm. The complete list of new songs, including the non-metal tracks, is as follows:

The Apples in Stereo - "Dream About the Future"
Zoo Seven - "Painted"
Meshuggah - "Bleed"
Steel Train - "Turnpike Ghost"
XTT - "Cookie Monster"
Kiev - "Crooked Strings"
Rebelution - "Bright Side of Life"
Demon Hunter - "The World is a Thorn"
Made Avail - "Bury You Slowly"
The New Pornographers - "Crash Years"
Todd Thibaud - "Three Words"
RX Bandits - "Bled To Be Free (The Operation)"
The Raspberry Ants - "Janie"
Free Electric State - "Six Is One"
Jonathan Coulton - "Mandelbrot Set"
SexTon - "A Better Forever"
SOil - "The Lesser Man"
Wargasm - "Engine"
Spiral Trance - "The Me You See"
Charmaine - "Run" More...

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God Forbid To Play Afropunk Festival

God Forbid has confirmed a slot on the 6th annual Afropunk Festival taking place at Commodore Barry Park in Brooklyn, NY on Saturday June 26th. The festival will be headlined by Bad Brains and also features P.OS., Cipher, and many more.

God Forbid's Doc Coyle comments, "Afropunk is an organization that highlights and celebrates exemplary musical accomplishment within the African-American and multi-cultural communities, and has made significant strides in tearing down obsolete stereotypes and inspiring artists of all color to express themselves freely and persevere. All in God Forbid are honored to take part in such a rich and meaningful event. This will be a concert to remember!"

This performance will be part of a 3 day festival running from June 25th-27th, featuring other live acts such as 24-7 Spyz, The Cool Kids, Martin Luther, and more, as well as DJ's, Skate and BMX Competition, and contests and prizes. For tickets and information, visit this location.

God Forbid's upcoming shows are as follows: More...

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God Forbid Appears In Eternal Descent Comic Book

The members of God Forbid have made an appearance in the second issue of the Gothic comic book series Eternal Descent, currently available at comic retailers worldwide. The issue features a storyline inspired by God Forbid's fourth studio album "IV: Constitution of Treason." The series is inspired by and features cameos from a host of musicians including the bands Atreyu, Firewind, and Static X, among others.

Samples of the Eternal Descent Issue 2 comic book artwork featuring Doc Coyle and Byron Davis are available for viewing at the this location.

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Doc Coyle Comments On Aging In The Metal Scene

Guitarist Doc Coyle of God Forbid has posted a new editorial through Metal Sucks about aging in the heavy metal scene. An excerpt from his comments follows:

"In the last few years, something seemed to happen and I barely noticed. Suddenly, I’m no longer the young kid at the show. I’m one of the guys hiding out by the bar. I’m not crowd surfing, not covered in sweat with my shirt off, and I’m certainly not moshing. I’m also not randomly yelling 'Slayer!', but that seems to span all demographics. I became… (gulp)… an adult. I don’t know what the range is in the ages of the followers of MetalSucks, but I’ll assume that it’s a mix of younger and older metal fans. I am 29 years old, but I still feel relatively young and energetic considering my opening salvo. I’m the youngest member of my band, and younger than a good majority of my friends in bands and the industry.

"With that said, I think there comes a time for all metal heads, and probably all adults for that matter, when you look at what is popular amongst the true youth culture (16-24), and you feel as if not only do you not relate to it, but it feels alien, as if it’s creation was not meant for your consumption (which it wasn’t) – and it also seems inferior to music that you grew up with. I’m only 29, and I’m already having 'back in my day' moments. It kind of scared me, and I began to wonder if I was being obtuse and a little too set in my ways, or if my analysis was accurate. More...

Read the full article at Metal Sucks.

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God Forbid Announces New Tour Dates

God Forbid will be taking a break from writing the band's next album to play a few select live shows, including a headline club gig outside of Chicago and an appearance at the Slang Metal Fest. The upcoming God Forbid tour schedule is as follows:

5/22 - Farmingdale, NY @ The Crazy Donkey
6/19 - Danville, IL @ Vermillion Fairgrounds (Slang Metal Fest w/ Threat Signal, Stemm)
6/20 - Cresthill, IL @ Bada Brew

Sample God Forbid tracks are also available for streaming via the band's official MySpace page.

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God Forbid Issues Band Update

Guitarist Doc Coyle of God Forbid has issued the following update about the band's recent activity:

"It's been quite some time since I've given some type of update on what the GF crew has been up to, and thought it would be appropriate to awaken from information hibernation. We been home from tour for about 2 weeks, and have had ample time to decompress.

"So to catch up, I have to take you back a few months. It was early January 2010, and we had just played our first show in months, a one-off local gig, and were resuming writing new material after the holidays when we received an offer to do a tour with Five Finger Death Punch and Shadows Fall to replace Throwdown who had dropped off. This was only a week before the tour started, but we decided to throw caution to wind and jump on the tour. It was definitely worth it. I'd say 90% of the shows were sold out, and in many cases were playing rooms too small for the tour. Kudos to FFDP for going to bat for us, and bringing us out. It was definitely a very different tour for us. Probably the most mainstream thing we've done except for maybe Ozzfest, but we actually went over extremely well. It was nice to get out to a totally different audience, even if many people didn't know we were playing because we were added last minute. It was also great to hang with our old friends in Shadows Fall, and get to know and party with our new friends in 2 Cents. More...

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God Forbid Announces Upcoming Tour Dates

God Forbid has issued the following statement about their upcoming tour dates:

"This is quite a surprise to announce God Forbid's participation in the Five Finger Death Punch, Shadows Fall, 2 Cents tour. This was a tour we were looking at when it was first being put together, so the fact that we eventually landed it, even though it was a last minute thing, is a stroke of good fortune. We do wish our friends in Throwdown well, and hope whatever happened turns out ok in the end. Big thanks to FFDP for bringing us out! We have become good friends with them over the last couple years, and the fact that they are making this huge gesture is awesome. We go all the way back with our brothers in Shadows Fall to our first tour in 2000, so this will be another trip around the rodeo with some old friends. We've never toured with 2 Cents, but know Adair from Manttis and the other guys seem super cool. Unfortunately, we will have cancel our Jan 29th performance with Life of Agony in Long Island. Combined with the spring tour with Lamb of God and the summer Mayhem Festival, this will be the most successful US touring cycle GF has ever had, so it's a big reason to be positive in 2010!

"In other news, God Forbid will be heading out with our friends in Kittie for a few weeks in March mainly focusing on the northeast. One of the sickest new bands around, Periphery, will open the first part of the tour, and Gwen Stacy will open the 2nd part. This will more than likely be the last tour before getting back to working on a new album. appy new year to everyone, and we'll see you on tour! Tour dates are below."

God Forbid's upcoming tour dates are as follows: More...

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God Forbid Reveals New Guitar Player

New Jersey based metalcore outfit God Forbid has revealed that they have recruited a new guitar player in the shape of former Himsa guitarist Matt Wicklund. An excerpt from guitarist/vocalist Doc Coyle's blog reads as follows:

"This past fall and winter has been a refocusing period on a personal and business level for God Forbid figuring what the next phase of this band will be. Another announcement is that Matt Wicklund (WARREL DANE, ex-HIMSA,) is our new guitar player. He relocated to New Jersey and immediately started contributing new material. Along with being a great guy, he fit in with all of us really well, and it seemed like a no brainer. It's hard to say what the new material will be like, but so far I can say it's going to be very hook oriented, and obviously without Dallas, it will have a different vibe. Matt and I have very similar musical tastes, but he comes from a more trained background in theory which should create an interesting dynamic. He is also a very good lead guitar player, so there will probably be more solos. As soon as we do a new photo shoot, we will update all of our websites with Matt. We'll see you on tour!"

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With Daggers Drawn Announces New Lineup

New Jersey metal band With Daggers Drawn has issued the following update regarding their lineup:

"Max Illidge and Joey D'Amico (ex-40 Below Summer/Black Market Hero vocalist and guitarist) have now joined WITH DAGGERS DRAWN! They join Tommy Costello (lead guitar), Ed Schiro (bass), and Greg Telfeian (drums) in the band. The debut show with the new line-up will be Saturday, March 6th at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ opening up for God Forbid & Kittie! Purchase tickets at [this location]. New music is coming soon! Head on over to MySpace for more info and a video of us working in the studio." More...

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God Forbid Announces Show With Kittie

God Forbid has issued the following statement about an upcoming headlining show in New Jersey with support from Kittie:

"First off, we want to thank everyone who attended the show Saturday night at Dingbatz. The sold out in advance, and even some extra people got in later when the room cleared out a bit. We also want to thank Freddy, Donna Mae, and everyone at Dingbatz who really took care of us.

"For those who didn't make it to this show, we are proud to announce a God Forbid headline gig at Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ on Saturday March 6th with Kittie serving as direct support. This is our first headline show at Starland in over 2 years, so it will be a special evening. This will part of a full northeast tour with Kittie. More dates coming soon. Check here for tickets which are on sale now for only $12. Pre-sale tickets link!"

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God Forbid Comments On James Sullivan's Death

Guitarist Doc Coyle of New Jersey metallers God Forbid has issued the following statement about Avenged Sevenfold drummer James Sullivan, who passed away on December 28th:

"RIP Rev (A7X) I just wanted to send our deepest condolences on behalf of God Forbid to Avenged Sevenfold and Jimmy's family and close friends after news of his passing. God Forbid got to know Jimmy and the rest of the band when we took A7X out on tour in 2002 when they were a brand new band, and they've continued to treat us with warmth and respect over the years since their meteoric rise. This is a a true tragedy, and he will be missed greatly. Love and Respect."

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Warrel Dane Announces Solo Live Debut

Vocalist Warrel Dane of Nevermore has announced he will be making his live solo debut on December 19th, 2009. Dane will be accompanied by Matt Wicklund of God Forbid on guitar. The show will take place at Studio Seven (110 South Horton) in Seattle, WA. Support will come from Sword of Judgment, Torture Box, Headshot, and Asema. The promotional poster for the show can also be found at this location.

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Doc Coyle Releases Statement About Beer Incident

GOD FORBID guitarist DOC COYLE, who was filling in for LAMB OF GOD guitarist Mark Morton on their opening trek with METALLICA, has issues an official statement through MetalSucks.net regarding the much-publicized incident in which a fan threw a cup of liquid at his face during a performance.

“I’m sure many of you have seen the video of me getting pegged on stage while I was on Metallica tour filling in for Mark from Lamb of God. Although 95% of the comments were really supportive, I just wanted to clarify a few things about the incident. First off, it was a beer, not a water. A big ol’ tall boy plastic cup of beer, and whoever threw it must have been a quarterback because it was full and hit me square in the eye at full steam. It felt like I got sucker punched. I had a mark by my cheek bone and it was swollen all night. I surprised I didn’t have a black eye. The way it hit me is probably the reason why I reacted the way I did. I’m no tough guy, but I wasn’t really thinking. I just reacted. I really don’t know what I would’ve done if anyone would’ve have owned up to to throwing it, but I have no clue if I would’ve hit the person. I can say that I’m not violent at all, and don’t think violence is a productive way to solve problems. I’m glad nothing came of it, but obviously the person was pretty cowardly to throw it and not own up to it. Anyway, shit happens. I just think it’s kind of funny how it spread on the internet. Beer in the face and all, it was still more than an honor to play with Lamb of God and open for Metallica.”

You can check out the action at the 4:22 mark in the video below:

Read the full article at MetalSucks.net.

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Oklahoma City Added to Rockstar Mayhem Fest

The Rockstar Mayhem Fest has added a stop in Oklahoma City, OK on August 16th at the Zoo Amphitheatre to their itinerary. Once again, the touring festival this year is co-headlined by Slayer and Marilyn Manson. Also on the bill is Killswitch Engage, All That Remains, Cannibal Corpse, God Forbid, Behemoth, Trivium, Bullet For My Valentine, The Black Dahlia Murder, Whitechapel and Job For A Cowboy.

You can check out the latest tour dates and buy tickets here.

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Ex-Himsa Guitarist Joins God Forbid For Tour

Doc Coyle, guitarist of New Jersey based metal band God Forbid has posted an update on the general goings on within the band, including who will be the bands touring guitarist on their upcoming trek. The message reads as follows:

"Doc here just checking in to give everyone a heads up on the GF camp. We just returned from our most successful European tour to date doing a bunch of insane festivals with some of the biggest bands in the world as well as some off-dates with ANTHRAX, DEVILDRIVER, and DOWN which also kicked ass! Big thanks to our European supporters and all the bands we jammed and partied with. On to current events, we hop on a plane tonight to start the Rockstar Mayhem Tour which could possibly be the sickest tour of our lives. We've been on the road since the day Earthsblood dropped, and we're firing on all cylinders right now! Prepare to have your face ripped off if you make it to any of these shows. We play at 3:30pm on the Jager Stage everyday right before All That Remains. Be there or be fucked! We'll also be doing signings/meet & greets for Jagermeister, Rockstar shortly after our set, so don't be shy.

I also have a few other announcements. We a new fill-in guitar player. Matt Wicklund, formerly of HIMSA and a contributer to the WARREL DANE solo record, is handling second guitar duties in the meantime, and we're having a great time with him. Say hi to him on tour. He's the pretty boy with the hat. The second bit of news is that I will be playing bass, filling in for Paulo from TRIVIUM, on the first Mayhem date in Sacramento. He's getting his wisdom teeth done. Wish him well. The last piece of news is that our song 'Empire of the Gun' from Earthsblood will be featured on a Mayhem Tour Download Pack on Rock Band. Other bands featured on the pack are MARILYN MANSON, CANNIBAL CORPSE, and more.

See you all on the road. Check out these off-dates we'll doing on the Mayhem run:

With Cannibal Corpse, BEHEMOTH, BLACK DAHLIA MURDER: More...

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The Black Dahlia Murder Posts New Song Online

The Black Dahlia Murder has announced “Deflorate” as the title of their new album, which is scheduled for a September 15th release. “A Selection Unnatural,” the first single, is currently streaming exclusively on RevolverMag.com.

Vocalist Trevor Strnad comments, “Hear Ye thrashing metal maniacs! We have returned with our most relentless album yet…sure to penetrate and ravage your virgin ears, "Deflorate!" I feel confident that we have outdone what we achieved with our last album... words cannot express the excitement we all feel about the new material. Now this is fucking Death Metal! The boys at Audiohammer Jason Suecof and Mark Lewis have done it again…the result is one beastly sounding album. Last but certainly not least, prepare yourselves to behold the hair raising shred of Georgia's own Ryan Durell Knight! Special thanks to Tony Koehl for the kickass job on the cover art…feast your eyes and ears on this most unholy of spectacles! The time of Defloration is upon us!” More...

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Behemoth Confirmed For Rockstar Energy Drink Fest

Behemoth have been confirmed for the Rockstar Energy Drink Festival, who will be performing alongside acts such as Slayer, Marilyn Manson, Bullet For My Valentine, Trivium, All That Remains, God Forbid, Cannibal Corpse, Job For A Cowboy, The Black Dahlia Murder, Whitechapel. Tour dates listed below.

07/10 Sacramento, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre
07/11 San Francisco, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
07/12 San Bernardino, CA San Manuel Amphitheater
07/14 Seattle, WA White River Amphitheater
07/15 Portland, OR Roseland Theater not part of tour w/ Cannibal Corpse, The Black Dahlia Murder, God Forbid
07/17 Phoenix, AZ Cricket Wireless Pavilion
07/18 Albuquerque, NM Journal Pavilion
07/19 Denver, CO Fiddler's Green Amphitheater
07/20 Omaha, NE Slowdown (not part of tour) w/ Cannibal Corpse, The Black Dahlia Murder, God Forbid
07/21 Kansas City, KS Capitol Federal Park at Sandstone
07/22 St. Louis, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
07/24 Atlanta, GA Lakewood Amphitheater
07/25 Indianapolis, IN Verizon Wireless Music Centre
07/26 Chicago, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
07/27 Columbus, OH The LC Pavilion not part of tour w/ Slayer, Trivium, God Forbid
07/29 Scranton, PA Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain
07/30 London, ON London Music Hall not part of tour w/ God Forbid
07/31 Cleveland, OH Blossom Music Center
08/01 Pittsburgh, PA Post Gazette Pavilion
08/02 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
08/03 Rochester, NY Water Street Music Hall not part of tour w/ Cannibal Corpse, The Black Dahlia Murder, God Forbid
08/04 Boston, MA Comcast Center
08/06 Virginia Beach, VA Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach Amphitheater
08/07 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
08/08 Hartford, CT Comcast Theatre
08/09 Washington, DC Nissan Pavilion
08/10 Spartanburg, SC Ground Zero not part of tour w/ Cannibal Corpse, The Black Dahlia Murder, God Forbid
08/11 Tampa, FL Ford Amphitheatre
08/12 West Palm Beach, FL Cruzan Amphitheater
08/14 San Antonio, TX AT&T Center
08/15 Dallas, TX Superpages.com Center

Visit the band's Myspace Website for more infomation.

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God Forbid Posts "War Of Attrition" Video Online

New Jersey based metal act God Forbid has posted their new music video online for the song, "War Of Attrition." You can check it out below. The song comes from the bands latest studio album, "Earthsblood" which in stores now.

Guitarist Doc Coyle states: “Shooting videos kinda sucks. Especially performance videos. You have to head bang for 10 hours in a row, fake play your songs, and you don't even know if all the work will pay off with an awesome video. With that said, this is by far the best performance video we've ever had and it really captures the intensity of the song. As you can see from the clip, we really put our trust in Ian who was incredible to work with. Ian and his crew were super professional. I can't wait for everyone to see the finished product. And like Dave Chappelle says, ‘Everything looks better in slow motion.’ See you all this summer.” More...

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