Black Sabbath
Forbidden


1.0
awful

Review

by Matthijs van der Lee USER (219 Reviews)
June 30th, 2010 | 114 replies | 28,230 views


Release Date: 1995 | Tracklist

Review Summary: It is that bad.

Isn't it great to see the oldies like Sabbath still putting so much innovation in their work? I mean, listen to Illusion of Power off their final record Forbidden. Sabbath actually managed to cooperate with the famous rapper Ice-T for the track, who both co-wrote it and performs some rapping during the bridge. And against all expectations, never have hip-hop and metal be so well-molten together. The sheer power of the dark, evil riffs, combined with Martin's and T's vocal greatness is just unstoppable.

No, but seriously.

Forbidden has issues, and they are not few. This album is one that Sabbath should never have made, and makes the yawn-inducing power metal era of Headless Cross and Tyr seem good in comparison. Looking at all the factors that could make a heavy metal record enjoyable, this album possesses none of them. The riffs are uninspired, recycled, boring, pick your description. The vocals aren't off any better: Martin sounds like a bad parody of Ronnie James Dio (May He Rest in Peace), and takes away all credibility this album could possibly hope to achieve. Forbidden is a ***ing disaster.

I wish I could say that, even despite a few major missteps in the 80's and early 90's, Black Sabbath at least ended on a decent note. Cross Purposes could have been this note. But no, Iommi continues without Butler, and voilá: he creates what is quite possibly the very worst point of Black Sabbath's career. Not often have I had the displeasure of hearing such as ***ty excuse for a metal album, and there's only one piece of advice to you all: stay the hell away from this.

Forbidden's Black Sabbath was:

- Frank Anthony ‘Tony’ Iommi ~ Lead Guitar
- Anthony Martin Harford ~ Vocals
- Philip Neil Murray ~ Bass Guitar
- Colin 'Cozy Powell' Flooks ~ Drums
- Geoff Nicholls ~ Keyboards


THE END



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Nagrarok
June 30th 2010


8239 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Hey, it's Nag's first 0.5 review. Hope everyone enjoyed this journey through Sabbath as well.

LepreCon
June 30th 2010


4075 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Thinking of this album makes me die a little bit each time. Good review, there really is no justifying this album, it shouldn't exist. Congrats on finishing the Sabbath discography!

BigHans
June 30th 2010


26454 Comments


Wow this really sounds atrocious.

Nagrarok
June 30th 2010


8239 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Thinking of this album makes me die a little bit each time.


But why, WHY do you even have this at a 1.5 then?

LepreCon
June 30th 2010


4075 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

@ Hans: It is

@ Nag: well objectively this is a 1 and I will admit that I think that this is just as bad as you do, but I've heard worse and I'll be damned if I rate a Sabbath album as low as anything put out by bands like Atreyu or Aiden

Nagrarok
June 30th 2010


8239 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Sometimes I really think you should inject a firm dose of that objectivity in you ratings, haha.

LepreCon
June 30th 2010


4075 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I save it for my reviews, such as the one I am posting tomorrow at last

Nagrarok
June 30th 2010


8239 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

And now of course you expect me to ask what that review will be.

...

So what will it be?

zaruyache
June 30th 2010


6406 Comments


I like the title track. It has a nice chorus, and I like the riffing during that chorus. Haven't listened to anything else from this record, though.

Digging: CHVRCHES - The Bones of What You Believe

LepreCon
June 30th 2010


4075 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

The review shall be of Elf's eponymous debut record.
The reason I am waiting til tomorrow is because I want to post my 10th review on my birthday because I'm sentimental like that

Nagrarok
June 30th 2010


8239 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Ha, good, I was waiting for that one.

LepreCon
June 30th 2010


4075 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Have you heard it yet? If not then I highly recommend it to you, but you'll see in the review tomorrow anyway

Nagrarok
June 30th 2010


8239 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Not yet, but the chance is I'll do that when you review it.

Ire
June 30th 2010


41761 Comments


I didn't know reviewers could still do the .5 rating.

Good review.

LepreCon
June 30th 2010


4075 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Yep, go to 'edit reviews' and go to your rating, there will be a .5 option

Locrian
June 30th 2010


1003 Comments


God damn, this album is boring.

EVedder27
June 30th 2010


6088 Comments


Sabbath actually managed to cooperate with the famous rapper Ice-T for the track, who both co-wrote it and perfoms some pro rapping during the bridge.


Dear god.

Nagrarok
June 30th 2010


8239 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Dear god.


I know right.

Asiatic667
June 30th 2010


4648 Comments


ICE T? Nooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Smalley
June 30th 2010


108 Comments


Congrats on finishing your Sabbath journey = )



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