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Watch: reunited GOD FORBID plays first show in more than nine years


New Jersey melodic thrash/metalcore warriors GOD FORBID performed at this year’s Blue Ridge Rock Festival last weekend (Saturday, September 10) at the Virginia International Raceway in Alton, Virginia. The show marked GOD FORBID‘s first live appearance in over nine years.

GOD FORBID‘s lineup for the concert included Doc Coyle (guitar),Byron Davis (vocals),Corey Pierce (drums) and John “Beeker” Outcalt (bass),along with Nick Hipa (guitar; ex-AS I LAY DYING),who joined the group in July.

GOD FORBID officially called it quits in August 2013 following Doc‘s departure.

This past May, Doc told the “Drinks With Johnny” podcast that he didn’t rule out putting out new music with GOD FORBID.

“I was kind of the main kind of riff writer (and) songwriter for the band for a good portion of those last few records,” he explained. “So me as a writer, there’s always stuff (I’m working on that) I’m, like, ‘That sounds like a GOD FORBID thing.’ So there’s always stuff that I’ll just kind of put to the side or kind of (have) in the back of my (head) that theoretically could be that. So there’s definitely some material that definitely could exist, but I am very much taking it one step at a time.

“I have a tendency to have a lot of big ideas and go (down) a lot of rabbit holes (in) my head, but unfortunately — not even unfortunately — you want to make sure everyone’s a part of that, not just it’s my little kind of… Sometimes I get all hyped up in my head, but it’s. like, it takes a village, and everyone has to be on board,” he continued. “It’s important to make sure everyone is excited about anything you’re doing; that’s just very, very important to me.

“I really enjoy the band dynamic and having everyone be involved and be excited about stuff because I really believe in the synergy of that. I think GOD FORBID was one of those bands where the sum was better than the parts, that everyone together made something that outpaced our actual talent and ability, you know, because of the chemistry.”

GOD FORBID‘s latest album, “Equilibrium”, was released in March 2012 via Victory Records. The bulk of the CD was recorded by Mark Lewis (THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDERWHITECHAPELDEVILDRIVERTRIVIUM),with Jason Suecof (TRIVIUMALL THAT REMAINSTHE BLACK DAHLIA MURDERCHIMAIRADEVILDRIVER) stepping in during the the vocal-tracking stage. The effort was mixed by acclaimed Swedish producer Jens Bogren, who previously worked with such acts as KATATONIAOPETHPARADISE LOST and AMON AMARTH.

“Equilibrium” sold 3,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 156 on The Billboard 200 chart. The effort landed at No. 7 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.

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