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Reggie’s Top 15 of 2012

2012Just when I thought 2011 was a banner year for metal, I think 2012 might be equal to or better in terms of both quality music and sheer volume of albums released.  It surely was not a dull moment if you ask me; it seemed like I was listening to at least a couple new albums each week.  Interestingly, I can probably look at half my list and tell you that some of these albums, I had no idea were coming.  They completely snuck on me or I never expected them like Kreator…a band I nearly forgot about came out with a killer album.  The band at #15 I never knew existed until just a few weeks ago and I am still impressed with them.  There are definitely some surprises on my list this year.  Some of these bands have been around for years and I am only now getting into them. I hope you had a great 2012 in metal!  Here are my Top 15 albums of 2012.

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God Forbid NJ Shore Benefit Concert

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God Forbid – Guitar and Bass Player Alert!

For the players out there, God Forbid just released a guitar demonstration video for the song Overcome off their latest album Equilibrium.  It also includes the bass, let’s not forget the bass player.  You can check out the video below.

In other news, God Forbid is about to embark on the Trespass America Festival with six other bands beginning in July:  Five Finger Death Punch, Trivium, Killswitch Engage, Battlecross, Emmure, and Pop Evil.  More on this tomorrow for the Video Of The Week.  Enjoy!

Theme Thursday – Reggie’s Top 5 of 2012 So Far

We are at the time of year to reflect upon at what albums really made an impression on me – it’s time for the mid-year best of list.  We are half way through a pretty amazing year as far as metal is concerned.  Quite a few veteran bands out there released some stellar music…with one New Jersey band topping my list so far.   One thing I love about blogging with fellow metalheads is that we all love metal equally, but definitely have a fondness for different subgenres.  Both Matt’s and Mark’s lists are great and unique and give me something to listen to…some of that stuff I haven’t heard yet.  I hope I can offer the same in return.   Here is my Top 5 list for mid-year 2012.

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Album Review: God Forbid – Equilibrium

If someone were to ask me for best album in the metalcore genre, without any hesitation I’d reach for God Forbid‘s 2004 offering Gone Forever.  That album exuded such passion and energy that almost no album in its genre could touch it.  The band enjoyed a great rise to success with that release, but, while all their following offerings were damn solid, quality releases, they never equaled to or topped that groundbreaking album.  Now it’s 2012 and God Forbid have just released their sixth album, Equilibrium, and with pure passion, fury, love, and rage they have found an absolute perfect balance in their sound and metalcore now has a new ‘best in genre’ album.

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Where Does God Forbid Come From?

Getting set to release their new album, Equilibrium, on March 26, 2012, NJ’s God Forbid have released a video for the single “Where We Come From”.  For the recording of this video director Eric Richter followed the band around for a couple of days and filmed them doing their everyday things like going to work, hanging out, and kicking metal ass.  I dig the end where they rock Dingbat’s in Clifton, NJ.  Really cool club and worth checking out if you’re ever in NJ.

The sound of this song is a lot more melodic than their previous single release from the upcoming album, “Don’t Tell Me What to Dream”.  I was thinking the band would lose some of its melodic aspects (as well as the clean singing)  with the loss of their guitarist Dallas Coyle a couple of years ago.  Well it seems that his brother Doc Coyle and new addition Matt Wicklund (ex-Himsa) are keeping that area in check.  Check out the video and let us know what you think of it.  Are you excited for the new God Forbid album?

The band is doing an in-store signing on release day at Vintage Vinyl in Clifton, NJ on Equalibrium‘s released date.  If you are near the NJ area check it out.  And check out Vintage Vinyl out anyways if you can’t make the date, it is such a completely awesome record store (Opeth approved 😉 )

Here’s some quotes from the band about the video:

Guitarist/vocalist Doc Coyle says of the concept, “The idea really came from me thinking about the recurring lyrical themes of the album, and wanting to find a way to tap into that truth.” He goes on to say, “Pretending that we are rich rock stars who drink champagne and fly on private jets would not be effective. This isn’t a revelation, but I wanted to show the whole picture, and that it’s nothing to be ashamed of. We work, we jam, we hang out, we have fun together, and the payoff is we get to play amazing shows in front of amazing fans and engage with them on a very personal level.”

Corey Pierce, drummer goes on to say, “The fact that we are normal guys who do what we need to do in order to go out, play shows and make music, is literally ” Where We Come From”.”

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Song of the Week – Don’t Tell Me What To Dream

New Jersey’s God Forbid are set to release Equilibrium on March 26th; their sixth studio album since 1999.  The song of the week, Don’t Tell Me What To Dream, is track off the forthcoming album.  If this isn’t killer enough, God Forbid will support their latest effort touring with New Jersey legends Overkill.  The month-long tour will hit both coasts. Hopefully, they will make it to a venue near you.  Here are the rest of the dates and an accompanying YouTube clip.  Have a great week!

04/20/2012 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero

04/21/2012 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium

04/22/2012 – Syracuse, NY @ Lost Horizon

04/23/2012 – Columbus, OH @ Screamin Willies

04/24/2012 – Detroit, MI @ Blondie’s

04/25/2012 – Chicago, IL @ BOTTOM LOUNGE

04/26/2012 – Kansas City, MO @ Beaumont Club

04/27/2012 – Denver, CO @ BLUEBIRD THEATER

04/28/2012 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex

04/29/2012 – Seattle, WA @ EL CORAZON

05/01/2012 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater

05/02/2012 – San Francisco, CA @ The Grand Ballroom At The Regency

05/03/2012 – Los Angeles, CA @ Club Nokia

05/05/2012 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s

05/06/2012 – Dallas, TX @ TREES

05/08/2012 – Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum

05/09/2012 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ CULTURE ROOM

05/10/2012 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade

05/11/2012 – West Springfield, VA @ Jaxx

05/12/2012 – New York, NY @ Best Buy Theater