When I first moved to New York, God Forbid seemed like an Ozzysend. Five burly East Brunswick dudes raging against the Bush Administration from stages with Lamb of God and The Dillinger Escape Plan while honoring their thrash predecessors was perfect for the 2006 metal world, especially on the heels of their lighting-riding, soul-slaughtering fourth album.
Even in the toothless, played-out genre that would come to be known as metalcore, IV: Constitution of Treason hits like a cinder block to your forehead. The songs aren't particularly fast, but they seem to breeze by under the Coyle brothers' riffage and Corey Pierce's blast beats. Lineup changes derailed them aesthetically, culminating in their break-up this week, but they retire with one of the best American metal albums of the 21st century.