God Forbid released their final record Equilibrium in 2012 and drummer Corey Pierce has some thoughts on its lyrical content and overall vibe. In an interview with Heavy New York, Pierce said God Forbid was becoming frustrated with the diminishing returns on their work over the years, which he felt came out pretty clearly throughout Equilibrium.
"When we were writing that record, it was a really tough time for everyone mentally, because it was at the point where we were really starting to recognize the idea that it [felt] like no matter what we do, things aren't getting any better. It doesn't matter how good a song we write, or how… because I felt like at that point talent-wise, we had grown so much as songwriters and as players as far as feel and technical proficiency.
"We were operating at a very high level, but it I think the overall tone was like, 'man it doesn't matter what we do. This is it. It's not going to get any better.' It's only getting slightly… it's not even that it was getting worse per se, it was just the stagnancy of our position was making things worse. I think [that feeling] underlined [Equilibrium in 2012].
"You can sense that sort of tension and underlying malice towards everything on that record. I feel like that record was definitely really underrated and people were like, 'oh you know that's not a heavy record.' [And I want to ask those people] 'have you listened to it?'"
God Forbid will play the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ on January 6 and The Palladium in Worcester, MA on January 7. As for the future of the band post-reunion shows, guitarist Doc Coyle said in a recent interview there's not much on the books.
"[Playing Blue Ridge] was a stressful situation because it was a festival kind of in the middle of nowhere, and the logistical parts of that was a lot to deal with. But we figured it out. We had a lot of things go wrong, but everything ended up working out pretty well. I thought the show was great; it was a lot of fun. And now we have some new opportunities coming up for next year.
"We're not gonna do a ton of stuff. Some of the guys have got kids and jobs and stuff, so I don't think there's an opportunity for the band to be a full-time thing or [to do] a full tour. It'd be hard to imagine how that would work, logistically."