Forbidden are a legend of the second wave of Bay Area thrash metal of the late 80's/early 90's ad have quite a history in the scene. Their family tree is full of thrash metal legends. Originally formed in 1985 as Forbidden Evil by vocalist Russ Anderson, guitarists Robb Flynn and Craig Locifero, bassist Matt Camacho, and drummer Paul Bostaph, the group slugged it out around the California club scene like scads of other up-and-coming bands ( Testament, Death Angel, Vio-Lence, Deliverence, etc.). Flynn left to form Vio-Lence, then Machine Head. Replacement guitarist Alvelais quit to join Testament shortly before the recording of the bands 1990 sophmore studio album, "Twisted into Form." Paul Bostaph eventually left to tour with Slayer, Testament and Exodus. New drummer Steve Jacobs joined the group for 1995's "Distortion" and the band broke up shortly after the release of 1997's "Green." Guitarist Tim Calvert went on to join Nevermore for a spell.
Forbidden - Forbidden Evil (Combat) 1988
of Blood" (4:32)
Forbidden Evil was actually the original name of the band, thus the title of the album. Forbidden's debut is chock full of semi-melodic thrash metal that still sounds good even now that this music is not "cool" any longer. Stands the test of time sounding as aggressive and angry as it did when I first heard it. Cool album cover art as well.
Forbidden - Twisted into Form (Combat) 1990
1."Parting of the
Ways" [instrumental] (1:03)
This is a KILLER melodic thrash metal disc! Unlike many in the second tier of thrash metal to come out of California, Forbidden were able to avoid the thrash metal blur. In other words there is plenty of speed and aggression but the riffs are also distinquishable and the songwriting is solid. The fast riffing is accentuated by Russ Anderson's voice which is a mix of melodic power metal singing and a more sinister sneer. Of course there is also the fast paced drumming of Paul Bostaph who went on to be with Slayer. (replacing Dave Lombardo). The disc plays well from beginning to end. I'm not sure if I would even be able to pick out stand out songs as I almost always listen to this disc all the way through and enjoy every minute of it. I found this original Combat pressing in the used bins for $3.99 some years ago. This disc was re-issued on Century Media with two live bonus tracks from the "Ultimate Revenge 2" soundtrack. Since I already own that compilation cd, I won't be getting rid of this pressing.
Forbidden - Distortion (Mayhem) 1994
You know it's funny how the early 90's thrash bands went into totally opposite directions. Some like Metallica and Megadeth went on to more radio friendly formulas, while others like Testament, Slayer, and Forbidden continued to get heavier but never really reaching the plateau of popularity of the others. Still, these bands held onto their respect and have continued to give their fans what they wanted, pure blistering thrash metal. Forbidden's "Distortion" is an album that builds on the strengths of the first two while adding a bit more turbo charged fury into the mix. "21st Century Schizoid Man" is a cool interpretation of King Crimson's masterpiece. This particular cd has been released with three different covers. To view the other two, click on the cover above.
Forbidden - Green (Pavement) 1997
1. "What is the Last
This album sounds NOTHING like the melodic thrash of Twisted. Oh well, it's still quite good, pushing the bounds of thrash with hints of death metal and even industrial at times. I got this disc as one of those free "get 11 free" deals from BMG. Can't say that I listen to it anywhere near as much as the first two.
Forbidden - Omega Wave (Nuclear Blast Records) 2010
Forbidden also released another disc of demos and such called "Trapped", which is on my "want list."