God Forbid’s Doc Coyle: The Gun Shy Interview

Doc Coyle

It’s been a minute — or 1,577,844, to be exact — since we’ve heard from God Forbid. The band’s last album dropped in 2009, and since then, members have come and gone.

One of them was Dallas Coyle, the brother of God Forbid’s Doc Coyle, who spoke with Gun Shy Assassin two weeks ago…before the whole djent argument and Slayer comments.

“We have been out of the loop for a while,” Coyle admits. “It’s been two years since we have toured, three years since we put out an album, and that’s been the longest stretch for us.”

Next week, God Forbid break the spell, releasing Equilibrium, an album I’ve yet to hear in its entirety, but one I am sure will kick major ass. It marks the first LP from the band since signing with Victory Records.

“We’ve got a new look, and a new sound,” Coyle says. “We have to reintroduce the band to people, and we need to get it going again…let the album spread, let people here it, and let some natural excitement and buzz happen and let it happen organically. If people actually do like the album, I think God Forbid can be a more viable commodity in a year from now, even more so than we are today.”

The bulk of Equilibrium was produced by Mark Lewis, known for his work with The Black Dahlia Murder and Whitechapel; Jason Suecof was called in to produce the album’s vocals.

It took the band just a month to track the entire album, Doc says.

“Mark is a friend of mine, and he’s been blowing up lately,” Coyle says. “I like the tones he gets on albums, and I knew, just being the type of guy that he is, and how meticulous he is in the studio, I wanted to work with him; I wanted to work with someone who would take the performances to the next level and make it tight, and he did a great job.”

It was the band’s second time working with Suecof.

“I have known Jason for ten years and he’s a friend…he’s a unique character, and he has his own idiosyncrasies you have to get used to,” Doc starts. “I am used to it. Jason took what we had to the next level…we wanted more than guys who just press record, so we went with the dream team.”

And Coyle says it was worth every second and penny.

“The album is forever, you have to live with it forever, and we are really happy,” he starts. “We are happy with the record, and that’s really gratifying. Honestly, I just want people to hear the record. I think they are going to enjoy it.”

Doc says God Forbid have a number of touring options on the table for the rest of 2012, and that the band is working out its schedule.

“We are going out with Overkill in April and May, and that’s the first tour,” he says. “We are working on stuff after that…there is stuff in the works, but nothing confirmed. The band plans to tour, and we plan to go pretty hard…as hard as we can.”

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