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.

God Forbid
God Forbid performing in The Hague, Netherlands in 2009
God Forbid performing in The Hague, Netherlands in 2009
Background information
OriginEast Brunswick, New Jersey, United States
Years active1996–2013
Associated acts
Past members
  • Dallas Coyle
  • Byron Davis
  • Matt Wicklund
  • Doc Coyle
  • John Outcalt
  • Corey Pierce


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 9volt Industries 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]

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]

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]

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.

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.

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 styleEdit

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

Band membersEdit

Final lineup
Former members
  • Dallas Coyle — rhythm guitar, backing vocals (1996–2009)


Studio albumsEdit



Compilation albumsEdit


  • Beneath the Scars of Glory and Progression (2008, DVD)


  1. ^ a b Downey, Ryan. "God Forbid biography". Allmusic. Retrieved March 15, 2012.
  2. ^ a b York, William. "Gone Forever review". Allmusic. Retrieved March 15, 2012.
  3. ^ a b Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Constitution of Treason review". Allmusic. Retrieved September 28, 2011.
  4. ^ "Trivium to Record New Album in April/May". Blabbermouth.net. November 9, 2005. Archived from the original on October 1, 2007. Retrieved March 15, 2012.
  5. ^ "God Forbid Prepare for U.S. Tour with Children of Bodom". Blabbermouth.net. February 1, 2006. Archived from the original on March 18, 2007. Retrieved March 15, 2012.
  6. ^ "Chains of Humanity Tour". Eventful.com. Retrieved March 15, 2012.
  7. ^ "Past IMA Programs". Independentmusicawards.com. Retrieved September 28, 2011.
  8. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Earthsblood review". Allmusic. Retrieved March 15, 2012.
  9. ^ "Canada, Toronto, Ontario - No Fear Energy Music Tour". Metal Storm. Retrieved March 15, 2012.
  10. ^ "Dallas Coyle officially out of God Forbid". metalsucks. March 31, 2009. Retrieved March 31, 2009.
  11. ^ "God Forbid guitarist sits out U.S. tour". Idiomag. March 30, 2009. Retrieved March 31, 2009.
  12. ^ "God Forbid - New Album in the Works". ListenOut. Archived from the original on June 9, 2010. Retrieved April 10, 2010.
  13. ^ Search results for God Forbid news at Blabbermouth.net
  14. ^ Paul, Long (April 24, 2012). "Trespass America Touring Fest Breaks Out: FFDP, Killswitch, Trivium, God Forbid, Hit the Road". KNAC. Archived from the original on October 20, 2012. Retrieved May 31, 2012.
  15. ^ "Shadows Fall, God Forbid, Thy Will Be Done Announce U.S. Tour". Blabbermouth.net. September 18, 2012. Retrieved December 10, 2013.
  16. ^ a b "God Forbid on Apple Music". Apple Music. Retrieved January 18, 2018.
  17. ^ a b "God Forbid - Metal Storm". www.metalstorm.net. Retrieved January 18, 2018.
  18. ^ "God Forbid". Retrieved January 18, 2018.
  19. ^ Inc, The Crisis Publishing Company (January 18, 2018). "The Crisis". The Crisis Publishing Company, Inc. Retrieved January 18, 2018 – via Google Books.
  20. ^ "DOC COYLE Quits GOD FORBID". August 16, 2013. Retrieved January 18, 2018.
  21. ^ "Q&A with ex-God Forbid Drummer Corey Pierce - MetalSucks". March 4, 2016. Retrieved January 18, 2018.

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