God Forbid - _Determination_
(Century Media, 2001)
by: Adrian Bromley (
If there was any record hitting the market this year that will surely decimate the metal population, God Forbid's debut CD for Century Media titled _Determination_ will surely be leading the charge. Not since The Haunted's self-titled disc a few years' back has a debut disc just knocked me right on my ass. Singer Byron Davis leads the attack with his bellowing screams of aggression as the tight outfit hits solid strides with their rhythm section and creates havoc with the shredding guitar riffs and stomping groove. The shape-shifting sounds of the band, from a violent charge to powerful groove sections, has to be one of their most appealing qualities, as does the intense production. Never does the disc weaken with material, as the listener is constantly embracing eat wallop as the songs keep coming. This is just one solid beating. It is safe to say that God Forbid push all the right buttons on _Determination_ with the brutal factor, but are smart to leave enough room for them to move things around and keep us coming back for more.
(article published 5/13/2001)
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