I'm not to sure about New Jersey's (USA, duh) five-piece Metal-hybrid-band GOD FORBID. I've been holding off reviewing this CD for a while now, hoping I would get into it with more listens, but it is just not happening. Pre-release press had this band as America's answer to IN FLAMES and AT THE GATES, but it's really nothing like that. "Determination" leaps out of my poor speakers with a Death Metal-growl and a awkward down-tuned evilblast, before the tracks change into this flowing tormented sombre almost guitar-god Metal, not at all fitting the style of the music, but not before coming back to even messier Thrash.
It really doesn't captivate the listener, because of its two totally different extremes. I'm also not a fan of the vocalist, who does this Hardcore-scream, before moving on to a low voiced spoken word. When the songs stay with the Death Metal-sound, it's not bad at all, you could see that this band is very talented (like the track "Nothing"), but when tracks like "Network" are listened to, I find the hearky jerky sound just to much and I'm quickly skipping the track.
I don't know, maybe I was expecting "Slaughter Of The Soul" part 2, but when I heard this harsh, unforgiving Metal, I turned my back at it. GOD FORBID is not your typical Death Metal-band, it's no more or less creative then any others trying to change the traditional Death-sound. But I could care less.