I have to say I was impressed with this album. General browsing of the music press indicates that critics are less so but nevertheless I think I will go against the grain here and say that think this is another good God Forbid’s offering. Some excellent riffage going on with the partnership between Doc Coyle and new permanent guitarist Matt Wickland (ex-Himsa) being as good if not better at some points then when the brothers were playing together. As with all the previous outings, drumming from Corey Pierce and bass playing from John Outcalt sounds as solid as ever.
Vocals are also different as now remaining brother, Doc Coyle, has stepped up to the plate to take over the duties of clean vocalist in this album and as a result I would say that some of the vocals are arguably better than in the last with Byron’s growls being just as brutal as ever and the the harmonies of Doc resonating as strongly as his brothers ever did on the most part, though occasionally they do feel as though they are just shy of the mark on occasion.
There is a slight shift in style, moving more away from the metal-core roots they established, while still maintaining most of the elements that make it instantly recognisable as a God Forbid album. Whether that was a concious thing or inevitable because of Dallas Coyle leaving the band I’m not sure, but in my opinion the direction that they are heading in is definitely a good one.
If I was going to criticise anything about this album it could be that just as there are epic moments within in it, there are also some points (not many mind you) which are equally as bland and as a result it this does upset the flow and listening experience somewhat.
In conclusion, though I wouldn’t say this is an all-time great album, if God Forbid keep going in this direction it won’t be long before they get there.
Overall Rating: 6.8/10
Stand out tracks: Don’t tell me what to Dream, A Few Good Men, Cornered, Move On