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Gone Forever is the heavily anticipated follow-up to God Forbid's 2001 CD Determination. Since the release of that album, their Century Media debut, they moved up the ladder from being an opening act on several package tours to scoring a spot on the MTV Headbangers' Ball tour (with like-minded bands Shadows Fall and Lamb of God) and finally emerging as headliners in their own right. They come out with their guns blazing on this album, as opener "Force-Fed" throws everything they've got at the listener: racing Swedish death metal riffs, tightly synchronized dual-guitar leads la Carcass' Heartwork, "chugga-chugga" hardcore breakdowns, and a bloodletting of harsh, screaming vocals. It is an impressive, punishing song that comes at you from about five different directions. They proceed to do the same thing eight more times on the album, with only the brief quiet intros on "Precious Lie" and "Judge the Blood" offering any reprieve. Apart from these moments, the intensity never lets down, although the melodic vocal refrains on "Better Days" and "Precious Lie" add some welcome contrast (and unlike many hardcore metal bands that try to incorporate clean vocals, God Forbid can actually sing). There is a lot to digest on this album, and the relentless attack, combined with the chiseled production and the music's unyielding harshness, make for a grueling listen the first few times through. In fact, even though it's only about 40 minutes, the album is a song or two longer than it needs to be. God Forbid were at the forefront of the new wave of American hardcore metal circa 2004, but some listeners still found it easier to respect the band's talent and digest the songs a few at a time as opposed to sticking around for a full album's worth of punishment. [The 2005 edition included one bonus track.] ~ William York, Rovi
Top Customer Reviews
That being said, I have a couple of problems with this album. First, I could have really done without the clean vocals. Yet, this is more of a problem with modern metal core than God Forbid. A vocalist should not croon unless they really have the voice for it. Unfortunately, none of the guys in God Forbid have a good emo core voice and the clean vocals just come up short.
Secondly, I think the album chugs a bit at points. Basically there is a little much Nu-Metal bland riffing as opposed to clear metal core riffing. This is really nitpicking though.
Now, for the good points of the album this album does present some solid distorted vocals that really jump out of your speaker. Furthermore, there is some real quality in the music, consisting of some solid breakdown riffing, good solos, and thundering bass/drums.
The album probably deserves a higher rating than 3 but it does not distinguish itself from typical metal core enough to warrant a higher rating. I do however recommend purchasing this album especially since you can get it for around 12 to 13 bucks. I enjoy listening to it at night while web surfing or working on papers.
but that's it. there isn't anything super special about this band. Other than shadows fall (who are just so great i don't even know how to explain it) god forbid and all the other bigger american metal bands seem to have the same big problem: they concentrate on making such perfect, solid music that they leave out a lot of emotion and "wow" factor.
Don't get me wrong, i do like this album ( in fact, it's on my best of 2004 list already) and I sound like i'm ripping it, and maybe in a way i am, but I just don't think it's super amazing. Just super good and solid.
with that being said, this album has very clear production, cool crunch guitar riffs and good screaming vocals. Track 2 features a awesome sense of melody in the middle of the song. and despite the shortness of the tracks, a lot of them do have an "epic" feel which is pretty cool and one of the better things about this band. and unlike some of their counterparts, they do have some pretty awesome solos. and of course, there is some really good melody lines. The drumming is also above average, even better than most of the new american metal band, evne shadows fall. ALso, the clean vocals don't sound whiny, which is an often problem with bands of this type.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
I heard good things about these fellows and bought their cd. I was impressed that the guitar solo seems to be returning. Read morePublished on Aug. 18 2004
A kick ass album from God Forbid but a bit overrated. They do make it seem better than it is. Its good album but it doesn't live up to all the talk about it. Read morePublished on July 17 2004 by Devils Tongue
OK enough with all of the genre labels people throw on this type of music (e.g. metalcore, nu metal, hardcore, etc.) This is simply an absolutely brutal HEAVY METAL record. Read morePublished on July 15 2004 by Metalhead
Alot of people are thrown off by the clean emo style vocals, and even more claim this is a masterpiece, I myself am of the latter.. this album is nothing shy of amazing. Read morePublished on July 12 2004 by bp2626
Admittedly, when I first heard this cd I was a bit turned off by the clean, melodic singing on some of the tracks. Read morePublished on June 13 2004 by Total Scumbag
From the moment the first track played (force-fed) this album blew me away. They say that great albums take a couple listens to realize how great they actually are, but with Gone... Read morePublished on June 9 2004
I just bought this a few days ago on an impulse without actually hearing anything from God Forbid before. Oh my god. This is awesome. Every single song is so great. Read morePublished on May 26 2004 by P. Cotten
For any guitarist this album is a audible earthquake! Never before has an album come together with roots from the past and sounds of the present to create a sonic masterpiece. Read morePublished on April 16 2004 by Sosrine Thompsoan