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Review: God Forbid - Determination
God Forbid

Label: Century Media
Year released: 2001
Duration: ?
Tracks: 12
Genre: Thrash Metal

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: May 12, 2001
Reviewed by: Christian Renner
Readers Rating

Rated 1.8/5 (36%) (5 Votes)

OK everyone out there you may want to sit down and brace yourselves. I know this is going to be really hard to believe but I have found a band that is damn good and they aren't even from Sweden, Finland or anywhere else in Europe. They are named God Forbid and they are from….New Jersey!! All right now you can go ahead and get back in your chair and stop all that hysterical laughter. It is absolutely true a damn good band and they hail from America. Will wonders never cease?

God Forbid play thrash metal that is kind of reminiscent of early Bay Area style with some really good riffs that really get you going. I have noticed a pretty large influence from early Sepultura mainly in the song structures where they do a lot of tempo changes. One of the highlights of the album is the excellent drum work of Corey Pierce who has some really good fills without overdoing it. It seems some drummers have a problem trying to show how good they are at the cost of the song itself and this can get annoying really quickly. The drums on this album just seem to bring the songs to life and it shows the level of talent he has.

I really enjoyed the album but I did notice some things that after repeated listens seem to stick out and annoy me. First off I mentioned earlier about all the tempo changes, well sometimes they have a tendency to take it to far. The riffs themselves are excellent but they really could play them a little longer before changing to another one. Just an example of what I am talking about is track 12 "Dead Words on Deaf Ears" has 20+ tempo changes in that song alone. I am surprised that they are able to pull this off and still make it sound pretty good. I just think if they were to explore some of these riffs a little longer it would make for more memorable songs in the long run. I need a little more mosh time dammit!

A little more polish and some more memorable songs and this band could really go far and become one of the leaders in the thrash genre.

Track by Track

Dawn of the Millennia (intro)-Not rated
Nothing -7.5
Broken Promises -8
Divide My Destiny -8
Network -8
Wicked - 7.5
Determination pt 1
Determination pt 2 -8
Go your own Way -8
God's last Gift (inst.) -8
A reflection of the past (bass inst.) -7
Dead words on deaf ears -7


Vocals -8
Guitars -8
Drums -9
Bass -7.5
Production -8

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