Published Sep 01, 2005After two incredible albums on Century Media (2001s Determination and 2004s Gone Forever), the modern day thrash monsters known as God Forbid have returned a mere year and a half after the release of Gone Forever with Constitution of Treason. An impressive fact considering the epic feeling of this album; it seems more like the work of a band who have been slaving away for years creating their masterpiece. While their last album was a shorter disc focusing on songs, this one is a near-concept album that flows seamlessly from track to track, with a focus on atmosphere and the overall picture that the band havent explored before. The results are huge, with songs like the opening "The End of the World and the goose bump-raising "The Lonely Dead immediately impressing on first listen, while other songs continue to expand the God Forbid dynamic to include more (and better) clean vocals, a tighter thrash edge and an overall feeling of heaviness in every aspect. On many levels, this feels like their Master of Puppets, except God Forbid are clearly going to continue to get better after this landmark album. With this release, theyre right up there with Lamb of God at the forefront of the current American metal resurgence.
The album seems to have a dividing point halfway through it. Was that intentional? Guitarist Doc Coyle: Its interesting, thats one thing Im noticing now. The first half of the album is more straightforward, and the second half definitely explores more of the melodic side, like "Fallen Hero. We put those songs late in the album because we didnt want to seem like a melodic radio band. We could have put it at track two, but thats not what the albums about. Its about a lot of different other things; theres a lot of complexity going on.
After making an album this strong, does it get frustrating that youre still not as popular as other bands doing a weaker take on a similar sound? Theres always a sense of frustration when youve been doing it a long time and your success is modest compared to others. A lot of the frustration comes from the industry side, like when youre not going to get a tour because this other band is bigger or whatever. God Forbid have done well, but the industry as a whole has done really, really well. Its like, "Youre not as big as Shadows Fall, and youre not as big as Killswitch. Well, were working on it [laughs]. (Century Media)