Doc Coyle Looks Back On God Forbid

Doc Coyle

More than a week after he dissolved God Forbid, guitarist Doc Coyle has gone online to reflect on his decision to quit the band, and the experience that was being a member of God Forbid.

“I look back at that time, and recall it as a constant grapple with inadequacy,” he says. “I remember having a manager, who also managed Thursday and Shadows Fall at the time, explain to us all of the opportunities that were closed off to us because we were too heavy or jarring musically.

“I remember Century Media Germany and the European market not really ‘getting’ Determination,” he writes. “I remember not being able to draw flies on headlining tours with bands like Bleeding Through, Avenged Sevenfold, and Trivium opening up, and being flummoxed as to why it wasn’t connecting.

“I remember watching 1,000 people walk out the door before our set at a local headlining show at the Birch Hill Nite Club when Thursday, Glassjaw, and Diecast opening in 2001. I remember physically watching the entire crowd leave our set at Hellfest 2003, to go watch Howard Jone’s first gig with Killswitch Engage,” he recalls.

“I’m not sure if I was naturally insecure, or if I was just reacting appropriately to disappointing events. With that said, these developments shaped our perspective and collective insecurity. That’s part of the reason we had a chip on our shoulder that would never really go away.”

I know exactly how this dude feels. Maybe I should shut down GSA. Or sell it. But who’s buying?

Read the entire post here.

Coyle was on Danko Jones’ podcast recently, and said he is working on a solo record. He’s had guys like Hatebreed’s Jamey Jasta, Killswitch Engage’s Jesse Leach, Morbid Angel’s David Vincent and Danko Jones himself express interest in providing vocals for the outing.

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