God Forbid
IV: Constitution of Treason


3.0
good

Review

by starrats100 USER (9 Reviews)
September 25th, 2005 | 93 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist


CD: IV: Constitution of Treason
Artist: God Forbid
Release Date: 09/20/05
Label: Century Media Records
Genre: Metalcore
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I used to listen to a lot of God Forbid. I realized that "Gone Forever" got old after a while, and I stopped listening. I didn't hear about "IV: Constitution of Treason" until a few days before it came out. I decided to check it out, because the media reviews and the customer reviews praised it heavily.

Another cool fact about this CD is that it's actually a concept album, based upon a future government scenario. Though I haven't seen how the songs are divided up yet, the three parts of the album are:
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Twilight of Civilization: Countries engage in a nuclear onslaught, obliterating our way of life.

In The Darkest Hour, There Was One: During a facist rule, after the destruction of old civilization, one man begins to rebel against the ideals. He is sentenced to banishment and death in the wasteland, but returns completely unharmed. He is then burned at the stake.

Devolution: Centuries since the time of the "Hero", people now either believe one side of his legends or the other, which makes you think that though some humans already survived through one, another nuclear holocaust is possible.
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INSTRUMENTAL REVIEW

Vocals: Byron Davis has changed his vocal style a little from "Gone Forever" and other previous works by God Forbid. And it has definitley changed for the better. His screams are ok, but his singing truly shows how good of a vocalist he is.

Guitars: Doc and Dallas Coyle are a duo of brothers who stepped up their playing on this album. Dallas, the rhythm guitarist, throws in more interesting and pleasing riffs than the previous ones that were nothing more than just "heavy". Doc's solos have become better as well. A track on which that is clearly evident is "Chains of Humanity".

Bass: It is hard to hear the bass-work of John Outcault, but when you can hear it, it seems to be doing its job exactly: bringing together the drums and rhythm guitar. Simple and important work.

Drums: Corey Pierce throws down simple drumming, and that's all that is needed behind the driving force of the guitars. Simple double-bass patterns most of the time is Pierce's work and he masters what he needs to do. Once again, nothing fancy, but fitting perfectly behind the music.
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Ok, so now a track-by-track review of the CD...

1. THE END OF THE WORLD *4 out of 5*
The song opens up with an introduction that is almost identical to Trivium's "The End of Everything", except is played on guitar. One thing you notice is that the vocals are a great improvement over that of previous records. The solo in this song is nothing special. Overall, has an epic feel to it, good opening for this album.

2. CHAINS OF HUMANITY *5 out of 5*
All I can say is "Wow". What a change from previous records musically. The riffs on this song are amazing. Byron's vocals are amazing as well. Loving that solo as well. And there's a VERY short acoustic break in the song. Simple but fitting drumwork by Pierce. Probably my favorite track on the CD.

3. INTO THE WASTELAND *2 out of 5*
There's nothing standout about this song to me, except maybe the solo. The riffs are just like that of previous God Forbid work, and that turns me off to this song. The vocals are mostly screaming, which aren't that good. The solo spares this song from being a one.

4. THE LONELY DEAD *2 out of 5*
For the majority of the song, is slower than the rest of the stuff on the CD. Starts with screaming, but a little before midway through infuses the meldoic singing. Another good solo. Ends with a piano, which I think is the highlight of this song. Not a big fan of the song overall though.

5. DIVINITY *2 out of 5*
I love the intro to this song. The vocals are well divided up. Riffs aren't anything too special at all. Overall, nothing too special.

6. UNDER THIS FLAG *4 out of 5*
Byron's screaming on this song is the most tolerable I've ever heard it. It's very heavy until the breakdown. Simplistic with great melodic singing. Then, its bursts back into the song with pounding drums. Then, it goes back into another breakdown, and back into the heaviness of the song. Another good song.

7. TO THE FALLEN HERO *4 out of 5*
Another good intro on this song, this time with the cymbals. Heavy verse with pounding double-bass and heavy riffs. The vocals become softer on the chorus, and the guitars sound more beautiful and complex. Another good solo too. Vicious screaming in what I'd call more of a bridge part. Good song.

8. WELCOME TO THE APOCALYPSE (PREAMBLE) *5 out of 5*
Slower, softer song, with piano in it. The vocals on this song are AMAZING, as are the lyrics. Reading of the constitution occurs near the end of the song, with a chanting of the word "TREASON" in the background, leading into the next song...

9. CONSTITUTION OF TREASON *3 out of 5*
Heavier, and mixes in lots of melodic vocals with the screams. The riffs are a little different than normal; not bad or worse though. The drums seem to be at a weaker point in this song. It's different than the rest of the songs on this CD. Still an okay song though.

10. CRUCIFY YOUR BELIEFS *4 out of 5*
Another song with a good intro. Very melodic and light and then BOOM! The drums and distorted guitars just BURST into the song. The double-bass starts, and then Byron comes in with a melodic voice, quickly switching to a screaming voice. Overall, this screams metalcore epic, which may sound weird, but it just has the sound of an epic. Great closing to the album.
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God Forbid's songwriting has certainly matured since the days of "Gone Forever" and "Determination". Byron's vocals have improved, but his screaming still isn't the best. The guitarists have much improved, and out what I could hear of the bassist, he seemed to be doing a fine job. As much as I'd love to see more complex drumming, the simple patterns are fine. The fact that this was a concept album definitley helped in my getting it and reviewing it. As much as I like this album, I don't think God Forbid will ever top this, and I think may be the only CD by them that I'll listen to. But since I can listen to this with an open mind as a reviewer it gets:

OVERALL: *3 out of 5*



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Dead_Trench
September 25th 2005


159 Comments


I like the set-up of the review, although God Forbid is horrid.

Shadows
Moderator
September 25th 2005


2530 Comments


How would you compare this to their past work? Determination wasn't bad and Gone Forever was even better. I think I'll check this out.

starrats100
September 26th 2005


21 Comments


I personally didn't like Determination or Gone Forever, but I thought this album was good. If you liked Determination and Gone Forever, you'll love this CD.

Toaster
September 29th 2005


343 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

[quote=starrats100] God Forbid's songwriting has certainly matured since the days of "Gone Forever" and "Determination". Byron's vocals have improved, but his screaming still isn't the best. The guitarists have much improved, and out what I could hear of the bassist, he seemed to be doing a fine job. As much as I'd love to see more complex drumming, the simple patterns are fine. The fact that this was a concept album definitley helped in my getting it and reviewing it. As much as I like this album, I don't think God Forbid will ever top this, and I think may be the only CD by them that I'll listen to. But since I can listen to this with an open mind as a reviewer it gets:

OVERALL: *3 out of 5*[/quote]

Don't you think that's a bit of a low rating, considering the paragraph above it? You never really go into why you gave this album an average rating. I definitely want to check this out, but they don't carry God Forbid where I live.

Storm In A Teacup
November 26th 2005


13154 Comments


^That's not an average rating Toaster, a 3 is a good rating.

I really really need to get this new album, God Fobid is one of the few bands where I go total fanboy on everybody when I talk about it.

Cravinov13
November 26th 2005


3854 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

By doing a concept album, God Forbid did something very daring for Metalcore.

Shadows
Moderator
November 26th 2005


2530 Comments


These guys aren't metalcore, and they're really very good. I haven't heard this but Gone Forever was commendable.

Cravinov13
November 26th 2005


3854 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

They were metalcore, but now that this album came out, I don't know. :/

Shadows
Moderator
November 26th 2005


2530 Comments


They never really were. With the recent influx of metalcore (or at least supposed metalcore) people are scutinizing bands way too much for any signs of metalcore. It's ridiculous. Things are being labled metalcore at the first signs of it, and people often call things metalcore when they're not sure what else to call it. It irritates me.

Cravinov13
November 26th 2005


3854 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Well, I won't argue, 1) because I honestly don't know much about God Forbid other then what I've read, and that they are mostly black guys who kick @$$ (which I must say, really means something, not to be racist, but they're not many black people in the metal business) and 2) arguing with you goes no where, so why bother.

Shadows
Moderator
November 26th 2005


2530 Comments


Arguing in general, or arguing with me personally?

Cravinov13
November 26th 2005


3854 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

General, we had our diffrences on the COB thing, but I don't hold grudges. It's just no matter who is right, the side that is wrong refuses to admit it. I'm just calling GF metalcore because that is the official media label.

Toaster
November 27th 2005


343 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Don't get this. Gone Forever is far better, in every way. This album is far more boring, and the amount of terrible clean singing has risen 100%.

Prophecy
November 27th 2005


52 Comments


Things are being labled metalcore at the first signs of it, and people often call things metalcore when they're not sure what else to call it. It irritates me.

Exactly.

Thank you so much for finally shedding light on this. It's very true. The term "metalcore" is a loosely defined term that is extremely overused. Like you said, it's ridiculous and very irritating to come to this board and read a review for a band like god forbid and have some asshole that has never heard the band leave a comment like "I won't listen to this because all this metalcore sounds the same." Complete bullshit.This Message Edited On 11.27.05

ocelot-05
November 27th 2005


807 Comments


It's funny how many bands have the word "God" in them. Let's see, theres Godsmack, Lamb Of God, Godhead, God Forbid. Hmm...I can't think of any others, but if anyone can think of any more please post it. This is vital information!

Cravinov13
November 27th 2005


3854 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Godflesh and God Dethroned.

Apathy
November 27th 2005


645 Comments


Damn! You stole mine! :angry:

Godspell.

Anglachel
February 28th 2006


152 Comments


I got this album off R&M's Daily Upload (:thumb: to MetalOz). I love this album. I don't think the clean singing is bad, I think its quite amazing actually. The reviews layout was great, I dont get the lower rating at the end though...

cbrdrummer
April 13th 2006


4 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

yeah i love these guys, my friend showed me their album and i listened to it for like five days straight
its awesome, my fav metal band so far

Aeksis8745
April 14th 2006


448 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This album is definetly a step up from Gone Forever. The songwriting was much better on this one. I don't agree with the rating of the lonely dead though. The beginning of that song just kicks ***. Favorite tracks for me are Chains of humanity, Lonely Dead, and Crucify your Beliefs.



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