Compare Offers on Amazon
+ CDN$ 3.49 shipping
+ CDN$ 3.49 shipping
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
|3. Better Days|
|4. Precious Lie|
|5. Washed-Out World|
|6. Living Nightmare|
|7. Soul Engraved|
|8. Gone Forever|
|9. Judge The Blood|
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.
On "Gone Forever," there's not a momentum breaking track on the album; the sequence is simply outstanding. The album balances its peaks and valleys with near precision until you are left pounded to the turf by "Judge the Blood" and its crushing fade-out. This is the kind of detailed thought that went into this album, and it pays off many times over.
To listen to this album in your car or on headphones is a treat like no other. You can put on nearly every heavy record of the last few years and feel the difference Eric Rachel, Trax East Studio and the Brothers Coyle made on this album. It is a sonic monster that pounds its soul right into yours with every listen. And to bring all the great sounds and performances together, the band called upon Colin Richardson (Carcass, you name it...) to handle the mix. This proved to be the perfect compliment as Colin helped put it all together into one powerful wall of sound. It's got the old school vibe presented in the new school way and sometimes the stereo just can't get loud enough for this album. It's that good.
Overall, the performances and writing here are beyond top notch; they are creatively written, well-thought out, energetic and reaking of talent. To know the leaps and bounds God Forbid made on this record is to not only embrace the moment, but it has many of us lining up for what they have in store for the world the next time around.
These guys are scary good. Check it out.
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
people who are saying this is a masterpiece or amazing are either extreme fan boys or kidding themselves. Read morePublished on May 19 2004 by Amazon Customer