New Jersey metallers GOD FORBID are back with a vengeance kicking off the New Year with a bang as they have just replaced THROWDOWN on the upcoming FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH North American tour. This massive trek, which kicks off on January 21, will now lead the band directly into their final run of the "Earthsblood" album cycle with KITTIE this March.
Commented guitarist Doc Coyle: "This is quite a surprise to announce GOD FORBID's participation in the FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, SHADOWS FALL and 2CENTS tour.
"This was a tour we were looking at when it was first being put together, so the fact that we eventually landed it, even though it was a last-minute thing, is a stroke of good fortune. We do wish our friends in THROWDOWN well, and hope whatever happened turns out OK in the end.
"Big thanks to FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH for bringing us out! We have become good friends with them over the last couple years, and the fact that they are making this huge gesture is awesome.
"We go all the way back with our brothers in SHADOWS FALL to our first tour in 2000, so this will be another trip around the rodeo with some old friends.
"We've never toured with 2CENTS, but know Adair from MANTTIS and the other guys seem super cool. Combined with the spring tour with LAMB OF GOD and the summer [Rockstar] Mayhem Festival, this will be the most successful U.S. touring cycle GOD FORBID has ever had, so it's a big reason to be positive in 2010!
"In other news, we will be heading out with our friends in KITTIE for a few weeks in March mainly focusing on the Northeast. One of the sickest new bands around, PERIPHERY, will open the first part of the tour, and GWEN STACY will open the second part. This will more than likely be the last tour before getting back to working on a new album.
"This past fall and winter has been a refocusing period on a personal and business level for GOD FORBID figuring what the next phase of this band will be.
"Another announcement is that Matt Wicklund (WARREL DANE, ex-HIMSA) is our new guitar player. He relocated to New Jersey and immediately started contributing new material. Along with being a great guy, he fit in with all of us really well, and it seemed like a no-brainer.
"It's hard to say what the new material will be like, but so far I can say it's going to be very hook-oriented, and obviously without [former guitarist] Dallas [Coyle], it will have a different vibe. Matt and I have very similar musical tastes, but he comes from a more trained background in theory which should create an interesting dynamic. He is also a very good lead guitar player, so there will probably be more solos.
"As soon as we do a new photo shoot, we will update all of our websites with Matt."
GOD FORBID's last album, "Earthsblood", sold around 5,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release, according to Nielsen SoundScan, to land at position No. 110 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD debuted at No. 2 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.
GOD FORBID's previous album, "IV: Constitution of Treason", entered The Billboard 200 chart at No. 119 in September 2005 after shifting 8,300 units.