Never really noticed how good this band were when I was listening to mainstream metalcore back in the mid-00s, but going back to their records now I hear hints of Killswitch, Sepultura, Unearth, Testament, Shadows Fall, Machine Head... it's pretty fucking awesome.
"And they showed that Dallas's exit from the band seemingly hasn't hurt them musically" That's because Dallas didn't bring much...it was Doc. Matt Wicklund is a better guitarist than Dallas. Dallas just wanted to slow the music down and make more spacey type shit. That's why he left, the rest of the band wanted to stay thrashy and he wanted to experiment more.
@4_miko yes you missed a lot good stuff!
2004 - Gone Forever (my favorite)
2005 - IV-Constitution of Treason (most people say this is their best album)
2009 - Earthsblood (songwritingwise their best album)
I gotta say I had low expectations for their Victory Records debut. But they proved me wrong. Overall it's a good record, a few duds aside, but it doesn't hurt the album that much. And they showed that Dallas's exit from the band seemingly hasn't hurt them musically, the playing is on par with everything else they've done. I haven't seen them live without Dallas so I can't speak on how they are in that area. But overall, good album, check it out.
Check out Jorzine, The Middle Eastern Metal webzine, interview with Doc Coyle about the new GOD FORBID album, their upcoming tour w OVER KILL and more http://www.jorzine.com/default.aspx?page=int&url=http://jorzine.com/interviews/Interview_with_GodForbid.html