Due to reasons beyond the band’s control, New Brunswick, New Jersey’s melodic, thrash-metal warriors GOD FORBID have been forced to cancel their appearance at this year’s edition of the Heavy MTL festival, set to take place this weekend (August 11-12) at Parc Jean-Drapeau in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
GOD FORBID guitarist/vocalist Doc Coyle had a bag containing his passport stolen from the band’s dressing room when they performed in San Antonio, Texas on July 27 as part of the Trespass America tour. According to Coyle, the “beat-up Swiss Gear backpack” also contained his “MacBook pro laptop, iPod, hard drive, headphones, toiletries, etc.” He added, “I do everything with my computer. Communicate, create music. This sucks big time, but it’s just stuff. I am lucky I have my health. So many are less fortunate.”
GOD FORBID‘s new album, “Equilibrium”, sold 3,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 156 on The Billboard 200 chart. The effort landed at No. 7 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.
“Equilibrium” was released on March 27 via Victory Records. The bulk of the CD was recorded by Mark Lewis (THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, WHITECHAPEL, DEVILDRIVER, TRIVIUM), with Jason Suecof (TRIVIUM, ALL THAT REMAINS, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, CHIMAIRA, DEVILDRIVER) stepping in during the the vocal-tracking stage. The effort was mixed by acclaimed Swedish producer Jens Bogren, who has previously worked with such acts as KATATONIA, OPETH, PARADISE LOST and AMON AMARTH.