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Headbangers Enjoying Opportunity To Headline

By Gary Graff
Of the Oakland Press

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Even though its latest album, the politically themed “IV: Constitution of Treason,” has been out for more than 15 months, the New Jersey heavy metal band God Forbid has spent most of its time touring as part of packages and as an opening act.

So, not surprisingly, the quintet is excited to fi nally be on the road as a headliner.

“We have four full length albums — a lot of songs,” says guitarist Doc Coyle, 26. “I feel like when we headline, we’re more ourselves, just because we actually get to cover a lot of our material. We do so many different things you really have to see us headline to get the whole thing.

“And, of course, you’re most comfortable when you’re playing for people who you know are there to see you. I think you’re always gonna perform better when you’re more confi dent.”

God Forbid also has stayed busy with GFTV, an Internet initiative on the group’s Web site that features behind-the-scenes footage, interviews and comedy bits that Coyle says “shouldn’t be taken too seriously; we’re just trying to find new ways to get out to new people.”

And, the guitarist adds, music remains the group’s chief concern, although there’s no plan yet for working on the next album.

“We’re not in a rush,” says Coyle, who shares guitar duties with his older brother, Dallas. “It’s important for us to spend time on a record and live with it a little bit, make sure it’s something special. We don’t want to be on the conveyor belt of art. We want to put things out at a pace where we feel comfortable.”

God Forbid, Goathwhore, Mnemic, Scar Commetry, Flip Socket and Human Abstract perform Wednesday (January 10th) at the I-Rock Nightclub, 16350 Harper, Detroit. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $16. Call (313) 881-7625 or visit www.irocknightclub.com.

Web Site: www.irocknightclub.com

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