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God Forbid - Constitution of Treason - 2005 - Century Media

Track Listing
1. The End of the World
2. Chains of Humanity
3. Into the Wasteland
4. The Lonely Dead
5. Divinity
6. Under This Flag
7. To The Fallen Hero
8. Welcome To The Apocalypse (preamble)
9. Constitution Of Treason
10. Crucify Your Beliefs
The genre known as “metalcore” arose in the late nineties, and in the last few years has become a dominant force over the American heavy metal scene. Mixing elements of hardcore music with thrash and death metal, its immense popularity has led to hordes of metal heads to shun it. This was no regular close-minded shunning, however. Rather, it was a direct result of the bastardization of heavy metal by the likes of trendy Bleeding Through and Atreyu, or the recycled, boring Trivium. Fortunately, a few bands remain who have been around longer than these young upstarts and strive to put quality ahead of popularity. New Jersey’s God Forbid are, and hopefully forever be one of those few.

“Constitution of Treason” is without a doubt one of the best metalcore albums that has ever been released, and that ever will be released. No one else playing in a metalcore band possesses Byron Davis’ punishing voice, Corey Pierce’s speed with the drumsticks, or the writing and playing ability of the Coyle brothers. Doc and Dallas are by far the main reason God Forbid are so damn good. Solos, like the one that rips through the album’s opening track, “The End of the World,” would rival any solo from a pure thrash band. In addition, both handle the clean vocals sections in the songs, with Dallas taking the lead and Doc occasionally backing him up. On “Crucify Your Beliefs,” Dallas has at least half of the song to himself and does a wonderful job. His mid-range is perfect – he obviously doesn’t go high like your typical power metal singer, but he also doesn’t have that whiny, pathetic sounding voice that most metalcore bands use during clean sections.

Other highlights on the album include “Divinity,” which contains some standout riffing from the Coyles and a passionate performance from Davis. During the song’s chorus he echoes Dallas’ singing with some perfectly harmonized screaming. “Chains of Humanity” contains a great dual-solo intro as well as a breakdown sometime in the middle. Overuse of breakdowns will often destroy any credibility a metalcore may be attempting to establish, but God Forbid are clearly more creative than that. This particular breakdown is creative, well-placed, and breaks up the song nicely. Instead of replacing the song’s solo, it follows it, providing an excellent change of pace.

For all the readers who are close minded to anything with the suffix –core attached at the end, I don’t blame you. I was once exactly that way myself, and I still don’t bear any benevolent feelings towards most of the bands in the genre. God Forbid, however, are a glaring exception to the trend of inferior metalcore bands. If there ever was a band to get the style right, it’s them, with this album. Trust me on this one and check the album out, you won’t regret it.


8.5/10


--Veritas 02.07.06
Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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Constitution of TreasonGod Forbid
2005
Veritas2/2/2006
EqulibriumGod Forbid
2012
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2012
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