Review Summary: Earthsblood has alot of pros and only a few cons, but still a great album.
Vocals: Byron Davis
Rhythm Guitar/Backing Vocals: Dallas Coyle
Lead guitar/Backing vocals: Doc Coyle
Bass: John Outcalt
Drummer: Corey Peirce
No-one can deny that God Forbid has released some pretty good material and Earthsblood is not an exception released in 2009 and for the most part it remains a quality album.
From the instrumental introduction of 'The Discovery' and the build up it creates gives high expectations for the rest of the album before leading into the rest of the album. Of particular notice is the guitar work. It's thrashy, melodic, fast-paced and full of energy.
As usual the brothers guitar work remains interesting and attracts alot of guitar-based fans to both the band and the album, whether its because of the lead work or the rhythm lines, most guitarists will find something they like in this album.
God Forbid use many features typical of a metal band, including screamed vocal lines, lower guitar tunings, fast drum-beats including the use of double bass. Each member of the band shows they know how to use thier instruments.
The only down-side of this album is that the tracks start to blend together, and start to sound the same. This loses the listeners interest (if only slightly). This is not to say that those tracks are not quality songs, they just seem to drag on in one steady listening session.
Diversity is shown to re-grab the listeners attention, and a perfect example of this is 'The New Clear' where God Forbid use slower, more melodic music and cleaner more melodic vocal lines before heading back into a fast-paced metal onslaught.
A highlight of this album is 'Walk Alone' and while there is nothing overly technical about the song, it provides the listener with catchy rhythms and great vocal lines, another feature used in this song is the use of çall and response' a musical feature that responds to the first vocal line, and is almost over-lapped by the second vocal line as the response.
God Forbid display their talents well with Earthsblood and that they know what their doing.
Gaia (The Vultures)