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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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New Year’s Music Resolutions For 2013: Part 6

“Six! Six! Six! – The number of the blog series posts la la la la”…..or something like that. Okay so I realize that was a slightly corny an intro but it’s New Year’s Eve 2012 and before I get ready to ring in the brand new one, I just had to get that next batch of quotations out for our “New Year’s Music Resolutions for 2013”. If for some reason you are only picking up with this right now, please know that you have walked in during the middle of the movie. Yep, the part where the Avengers are already fighting each other, where Batman is holed up in some faraway place and where Spider-Man is facing what amounts to be one of his deadliest foes, so you might want to start a few posts back. For those keeping track, welcome to Chapter Six – Let’s go…

1. Tom Morrisey (Killcode): Our resolution for 2013 is to capitalize on everything we’ve done since our inception. The band is ready to bring it to the next level and the shows in 2013 will only get BIGGER, LOUDER and BETTER! We can’t wait to get out on the road spreading the :::CODE:::!

2. Kyle Odell (Vanisher): I just want to meet new people and learn to better myself as a human being and musician. I hope for the best and am stoked for a busy year with the band.

3. Marcela Bovio (Stream Of Passion): My New Year music resolutions for 2013 are to finish writing and record the 4th Stream of Passion album (really excited about that!), and to work even harder to promote our music and go places where we’ve never been before.
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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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