New Jersey’s metalcore veterans God Forbid have announced that they have officially disbanded after long-term guitarist and founding member Doc Coyle left the band. Guitarist Matt Wicklund made the following statement:
“As many of you have heard, God Forbid has broken up. It is a sad time for us and also a time of new beginnings. The past four years have been an amazing journey for me and I am forever thankful for the experiences I have gained and the the musical family that I was welcomed into. I have grown immensely from all of this as an artist and a person.
I am very proud of the album ‘Equilibrium’ that I got to write and record with the guys and I loved every minute I got to play all of the songs, new and old, on stages around the world for all of the wild and loyal God Forbid fans. Thank you all again for the good times. Cheers to all of you and to my brothers Doc Coyle, John Outcalt, Corey Pierce and Byron Davis.
New chapters are unfolding for all of us and I am taking all I’ve learned forward into a new and exciting musical adventure. Ghost Ship Octavius is now my main musical outlet and I would be honored to see all of you again and share this new journey with you all!
Here’s to good memories and to amazing things yet to come!!!”
Vocalist Byron Davis also added: “Yes, it’s true, God Forbid is down. We are a family for the most part. Some move on while others keep it real like before the band began. I should feel sad, but I don’t right now because a new chapter has begun. I’ll be seeing you all around somewhere. Believe that.”
Drummer Corey Pierce also said: “No more suspense… God Forbid is over. Sorry.”
The band’s last release came in the form of 2012’s ‘Equilibrium’, which managed to reach number 156 on the U.S. billboard 200.