The pride of New Jersey, GOD FORBID, have finally unveiled their much anticipated new full-length release, Earthsblood, to the masses last week to rave reviews. The new offering scored the band their highest chart debut yet with moving 5,393 copies via SoundScan 1st week out and coming in at #110 on the Billboard Top 200 (last album, Constitution of Treason, debuted at #119). Earthsblood also came in at #2 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart.
Doc Coyle (guitars, vocals) further states: “Hello everyone. I\\'m proud to announce that our new album Earthsblood charted even higher than our previous album, which is amazing in this day and age of downloads. Thanks to everyone who went out and picked it up. It means a lot to the guys in the band. Right now, we\\'re in the midst of a European Tour with our bros in Ill Nino. The tour is actually going very well. The clubs are packed, and we\\'re having a great time with Ill Nino. They are great friends, and it feels wonderful to be around familar faces in a foreign land. Europe seems to get a little better each time we come back. A few more fans show up each time with more enthusiasm, and we are certainly determined to make it over here. I can\\'t wait to come back for festival season in June.
“When we get back to the states, we only have a few days off before we have to do a few warm up shows that lead into the No Fear Energy tour with Lamb of God, As I Lay Dying, Children of Bodom and Municipal Waste. Congrats to our friends in LOG for debuting at #2 on the Billboard chart, showcasing that metal is alive and strong in a big way. I expect these sentiments to continue on the tour. This tour is going to be fucking EPIC! I have a feeling people will be talking about these shows for years! This tour is going to be a huge launching pad for this new album. We will be signing cd\\'s at merch on this tour, so be sure to come by and say hello. We haven\\'t locked down the set list 100%, but we only have 25 minutes, so that\\'s around 5 songs. Expect a couple new songs, a few fan favorites, and maybe a wild card in the mix. Can\\'t wait to get back home, and rock for you people. It\\'s gonna be a rager! Peace.”
GOD FORBID kick off 2009 with a bang as they prepare to hit the road with Lamb of God, As I Lay Dying, Children of Bodom and Municipal Waste as part of the No Fear Energy sponsored Wrath North American tour. The trek commences in Phoenix, Arizona on April 2nd and covers 35 markets through the U.S. and Canada, ending in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina May 15th. Be sure to visit [http://www.myspace.com/godforbid](http://www.myspace.com/godforbid) to view the tour’s complete routing and look for a new video for the track “War of Attrition,” which was shot by acclaimed director Ian McFarland (Sick of It All).
Earthsblood was produced by Eric Rachel (Atreyu) with Christian Olde Wolbers (Fear Factory, Threat Signal) handling all vocal production and Jens Bogren (Opeth) on mixing duties. This is an entirely new GOD FORBID that have matured beyond their years and are now more focused than ever before. The depth and diversity showcased on this new album is easily going to position them as of one the most innovative bands within the genre.