Forbidden
Twisted into Form


4.5
superb

Review

by Drew Tyler USER (68 Reviews)
June 10th, 2012 | 21 replies | 3,852 views


Release Date: 1990 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Forbidden in their prime, with a technical and melodic edge.

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

Hailing from the San Francisco Bay Area, Forbidden formed in 1985 amidst a sea of other thrash bands. The band is often considered part of the second wave of thrash, and their debut "Forbidden Evil" is considered a classic among fans of the genre. Forbidden were never particularly mainstream, but the band did find some moderate success during the peak of thrash metal in the late 80's and to a lesser extent in the early 90's. A five piece band, Forbidden sound much like some of their bay-area counterparts such as Exodus and Testament, electing to play simple yet energy driven form of thrash.

The 1990 follow-up to the band's debut sees the band growing and evolving musically. Songwriting has been tightened up considerably, as the music found here is far more technical and melodic, while still retaining an overall heavy sound. The album also boasts some of the band strongest performances, with songs like "Infinite" and "Tossed Away" showcasing some pretty strong and borderline catchy choruses that the debut lacked. The album also has a much darker feel to it, sounding rather ominous and eerie, yet still aggressively menacing like the debut. Surprisingly enough, this album also included some acoustic instrumentals. The acoustic tracks aren't fillers, but sound rather haunting yet beautiful, and fit with the overall feel of other tracks on the record. Each track on the album transitions well with one another, with none of the songs sounding out of place. Honestly it's quite hard to find issue with an album of this caliber, however there is one flaw that is unmistakably obvious to those who have heard the debut; this album lacks the same raw energy and confidence that made "Forbidden Evil" so enjoyable. Regardless, the band made up for this in many ways as previously mentioned.

The band also gave some really stellar performances. The vocals have improved considerably, with vocalist Russ Anderson sounding as strong as ever and being able to hold a note with the best of them. His performance can sort of remind one of Joey Belladonna of Anthrax fame. The guitar playing is also far more technical and melodic. Although original lead guitarist Glenn Alvelais had left the band, new guitarist Tim Calvert is a definitively skilled guitarist as well. The guitars manage to sound on par with "Forbidden Evil", if not slightly better and the album boasts some truly astounding solos and clever riffs that sound very good indeed. The drums are also another strong point here, as drummer Paul Bostaph gives a truly superb performance that will keep you listening. Of course not a lot of emphasis is placed on the bass as is the case with most thrash metal. However one can still hear the bass chugging along throughout the record. Fellow Bay-Area thrash band Death Angel even made an appearance, performing backing vocals on "Out of Body" and "R.I.P."

As i said before, it’s hard to find fault with a record of this caliber. This album shows the band in their prime musically, as well as successfully. Albums like this only come around once in a while and when they do, we should all do our best to give them a listen. This album is perfect for fans of thrash with a technical side, and for newcomers as well. Highly recommended.

CREDITS:
Russ Anderson - vocals
Tim Calvert - guitar
Craig Locicero - guitar
Matt Camacho - bass
Paul Bostaph - drums

Produced by: Michael Rosen
Engineered by: Michael Rosen, Mike Semanick
Mastered by: Howie Weinberg

Recorded: 1989-1990
Released: 1990

Label: Combat/Relativity Records



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ThrashTillDeath94
June 10th 2012



590 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Since i neglected to include recommended tracks, here they are.

RECOMMENDED TRACKS:
- Infinite
- Out of Body (Out of Mind)
- Twisted into Form
- Tossed Away

TheNotrap
June 10th 2012



7981 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

An absolute Bay Area thrash classic.

Have a pos.

JosephLong
June 10th 2012



301 Comments


forbidden evil is better but great stuff

Detritivore
June 10th 2012



269 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's a glad find great albums review. On the other hand is difficult to do a good second album after recording a fundamental piece of thrash (Forbidden evil).

"The guitar playing is also far more technical and melodic" melodic maybe, technical I dont think so. Forbidden Evil is a complex piece of guitar work.

ThrashTillDeath94
June 10th 2012



590 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'm not in any way trying to take away from Forbidden Evil. I love that album.. However i felt that this release used more extensive and complicated riffs and solos.

TheNotrap
June 10th 2012



7981 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

And you're right man.

JosephLong
June 10th 2012



301 Comments


Smart Thrash!!

Ovrot
June 10th 2012



10465 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

best thrash ever

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JosephLong
June 10th 2012



301 Comments


lol

Ovrot
June 10th 2012



10465 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

got thrash

JosephLong
June 10th 2012



301 Comments


up my ass

ZedO
June 10th 2012



1096 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

can't believe that I don't rate this one yet...

pos hard man

KILL
June 11th 2012



70599 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

me tal

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Killerhit
June 11th 2012



5209 Comments


Joseph I love your ability to make every thread retarded

KILL
June 11th 2012



70599 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

joseph would kick your ass

DoctorMike
March 30th 2013



51 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

One of the finest thrash metal albums.


Atari
Contributing Reviewer
June 2nd 2013



19453 Comments


this album only has 1 page of comments r u serious

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ffs
June 2nd 2013



4819 Comments


i just downloaded this yesterday

BigPleb
June 2nd 2013



34066 Comments


Slayz.

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RVAHC13
March 4th 2014



479 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Just found this today, So freakin TIGHT X.X

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