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Doc Coyle Leaves God Forbid & Then God Forbid Also Ends :(

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I must admit that this surprised me but yes, Doc Coyle posted it on his Facebook late on Friday afternoon informing his friends and followers that he was leaving God Forbid after thirteen years at the guitar. That was that we felt, and the plan was to put up a posting to wish Doc the best of luck going forward because I’ve often had the pleasure of meeting him at shows and he was a really nice guy.

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God Forbid’s Doc Coyle @ B.B. King’s (2010)

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“Trespass America Tour 2012” Sampler by Various Artists

Artist: Various Artists
Title: “Trespass America Tour 2012” Sampler
Label: Prospect Park Music
Release Date: 7/17/2012
Genre: Groove Metal/Heavy Metal/Alt-Metal
Rating: 3.5/5

Having just caught the “Trespass America Tour” for 2012 I wanted to toss a few thoughts out about this free compilation sampler that gives fans a free idea of what they were in store for had they purchased a ticket. I also love the fact that it puts more free music in people’s collection and does so legally. The “Trespass” tour featured seven bands in full and from headliner to lead off band we found Five Finger Death Punch, Killswitch Engage, Trivium, Pop Evil, Emmure, God Forbid and Battlecross all on the same stage. The lengthy affair spanned some hours but was a lot of fun to be a part of. Right off the bat the two provisions from Five Finger are solid but they are the only band to get two tracks. I was surprised to find these particular two instead of a tune like “Remember Everything” but I guess that one can earn them some money by remaining a purchasable tune. The rest of the bands are only featured once but it’s a nice way to get an idea of what their sound entails if you happen to be one of those fans who doesn’t have too much background on the whole roster that was presented on the tour. My own favorites fell to the Battlecross, God Forbid and Trivium tunes more than the ones by Pop Evil and Emmure. During the concert I felt that Pop Evil was the oddly placed Hard Rock band among the super heavy and Emmure I just didn’t enjoy at all since it reminded me of a Limp Bizkit kind of act and I very simply hate that angle at this point. No more Rap Metal please, it’s a past tense format that does not need to come back. The new Trivium tune sounds good to me as the band continues to improve their sound and mature with more interesting melodies.
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Kittie @ B.B. King Blues Club (3/23/2010)

It seemed like only yesterday when Kittie came a calling to New York City, and in all actuality it was back in September if my Metal memory serves me correctly and yet despite this very recent visit, one cannot be anything less than pleased when these Canadian Metal chicks want to help make March Metal Madness all the more special by visiting us once again.  They were doing the equivalent of a co-headlining tour with God Forbid and depending on where the show was taking place would swap the lead off spot every now and again.  The show also featured Gwen Stacy and if you want to see the full concert report just scroll down past their logo.  There’s also a lot of cool backstage candid moments and images here from this very night.

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Artist: Kittie
Venue: B.B. King Blues Club (New York, N.Y.)
Opener: God Forbid, Gwen Stacy
Date: 3/23/2010
Label: E1 Entertainment

March Metal Madness was showing no signs of slowing down as we found ourselves over at B.B. King’s once again for the return of those Queens of Canadian Metal, Kittie. The girls were in town back in September of 2009, but NYC never minds a return visit from them especially when it features New Jersey’s own God Forbid.

Gwen Stacy: When I first heard Gwen Stacy, this was on the Sounds Of The Underground show from back in 2005 and I didn’t like what I heard back then. The reason is simply because the band was on very, very early and the mix was so messy on all of the leading into the festival bands that each of them bled into the others and didn’t stand out. Sadly, I would not think the show starting as early as it did and this found me only catching the last three songs of their set. My guess is that they played about thirty minutes and what I did see I really liked. There was a great level of energy and technical drive to the tunes and it was a far cry from that first impression I had from back in 2005. Let’s make this a rule my Metal legions, never trust in full your very first impression on a band because you might not be seeing them in the best environment for their sound. I would totally see them again and look forward to that chance. They are a Christian Metalcore band and are signed to Solid State Records. I don’t think you need me to mention that they are named after the character in the Spider-Man comic books but they are, even though there is no female member in their lineup. The crowd seemed into them which was nice to see for the first up group so let’s hope they made some new fans on this Kittie tour. God Forbid was up next.
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“Beneath The Scars Of Glory and Progression” by God Forbid

Artist: God Forbid
Title: “Beneath The Scars Of Glory and Progression”
Label: Century Media Records
Release Date: 6/10/2008
Genre: Death Metal
Rating: 4/5

East Brunswick, NJ’s own God Forbid have been hard at work at their craft since 1996 and with twelve years having passed since their formation it was high time that we got a comprehensive live DVD release from them. The band obviously felt the same way and has delivered unto us the DVD film “Beneath The Scars Of Glory And Progression” which comes courtesy of long time label Century Media Records. It’s a film that features a little bit of everything from the guys and its sure to please the bands most ardent fan base and even those who only kind of like them or might have caught them as openers at a show they attended over the years. It begins with a sold out concert appearance at Sayreville, NJ’s Starland Ballroom, a wonderful room with plenty of excellent vantage points to dig into a Metal show. There is a spacious general area floor where the moshing can look like a boiling ocean and semi-safe levels above the mayhem off to the side where one can still experience and witness someone tossing themselves into the fray. With the hometown show we get an energized God Forbid delivering many of their classics but choosing to stick to their most recent breakthrough album “IV: Constitution Of Treason”. Of the thirteen live tracks we find five numbers coming from this release. That was fine with me, as I feel this album was their best work to date. The crowd doesn’t seem to mind either when one judges how crazy they appear in front of the camera eye. As a concert segment, this is surely going to entertain anyone who watches it. I was impressed not only with the visual aspect of this but also the audio side which was very clear and of course is recommended to be listened to at maximum tolerable volume. This is a Metal show after all and not some poetry recital. The concert DVD also features the six video films that have been done over their career so if you want to give yourself a personal video block of God Forbid tunes, this is the best place to start. I admit that I have been enjoying when bands put their supply of videos on such releases since it ups the quality of the purchase. Of course the boys in God Forbid would not stop there, and instead continue their Melodic Death Metal mayhem on a second DVD that features documentary footage. They call the documentary “Rated R For Real” and it’s a great way to look inside the bands head as they reflect on their origins and their interactions with each other and the trials and adventures that they have experienced together since forming. It’s not overly serious and we find the band laughing and joking with each other as well. This is good because playing music is supposed to be fun in the first place.
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Death Angel @ B.B. King Blues Club (6/11/2008)

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Artist: Death Angel
Venue: B.B. King Blues Club (New York, NY)
Opener: God Forbid, Arsis, Martyd
Date: 6/11/2008
Label: Nuclear Blast Records

The interesting thing about tonight’s show outside of the healthy dose of Metal we were definately in store for was all of the changes that occured before it actually happened. The original plan was that God Forbid and Death Angel would be doing this co-headlining thing and direct support would come from both Light This City and Soilent Green. Yet as the date closed in on us it seemed as though Light This City would cancel for unknown reasons and Soilent Green had gone out on tour with Dethklok. In the place of these acts would be Arsis and that in the end worked out very well for me since I am enjoying what they do for the Metal masses. An unsigned opening act called Martryd would kick things off very early in the evening but we would not be present for the majority of their set.
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