Forbidden
Twisted into Form


2.5
average

Review

by Dethtrasher USER (232 Reviews)
August 7th, 2006 | 30 replies | 7,009 views


Release Date: 1990 | Tracklist


0 of 2 thought this review was well written

HISTORY
Created in 1985 among other thrash giants as Testament and Exodus, Forbidden came to the world. They released their debut album ''Forbidden Evil'' in 1988 but after that album the band started to go downhill, from being a technical thrash-metal band from the Bay-Area and later became almost the total opposite at the end. The bands career wasen't long lived, most because of economic problems, label issues and poorly promoted albums were some of the factors why Forbidden disbanded.

ALBUM INFORMATION
If you have listen to their first album called ''Forbidden Evil'' you could easily imagine how this will sound like, for those who haven't heard about this album or band will be given a short description here. This album contains technical thrash-metal, there are many sorts of riffing and shredding in the songs. There are lots of guitar solos which are quite technical too, most of the times they are fast, somewhat complexive, not so catchy but they are pretty enjoyable. The drumming is basically the same for all thrash-metal bands, the patterns are very fast, also not so catchy but the drumming is performed with skills. The vocals are very good though, the vocals are skilled and would suit most people, if you like Joey Belladonna from Anthrax you might like this guy too.

THE BAND MEMBERS
The band members were five persons in this album and they were Russ Anderson as vocalist, Craig Locicero and Glen Alvelais as the two guitarists, the bassist Matt Camacho and drummer Paul Bostaph. I would say that all of these guys did a pretty good work, the vocals had a good variety with both strong and some weak parts in some songs. The vocals had little bad a** attitude and it made the material a bit interesting to listen at. The guitars were good, the riffage had a good variety of technical and complexive riffs, the guitar solos were equally as good. There was nothing that seemed overdone or so, the solos were a bit melodic and well structured, fast, technical and some times catchy. The bass though was not so audible, it goes along with the rhythm guitars and helps to create a good rhythm section but there is no ''standouts'' from the bass. The drumming was very good, the patterns were classic for the genre and the variety was good. It was not the same similar patterns in every song and it made some songs more interesting than others.

MY POSITIVE THOUGHTS ABOUT THIS ALBUM
I liked their first album pretty much because of their technical abilities, there was some things here that grabbed my attention and we begin with the first thing. It was basically the technical riffage that hooked me a bit, the band were very good at deliver complexive guitar work. It maybe isen't so catchy all the times but it was quite enjoying time to time. The second thing I liked was the vocals, Russ is or was a very good singer until their latest albums ''Distortion'' and ''Green''. Russ delivered good shouts and aggressive vocal work, this was some reasons why this becamed my second half-favorite Forbidden album.

MY NEGATIVE THOUGHTS ABOUT THIS ALBUM
I guess the negatives is more the the positive ones, I said before that I liked most of the musical parts but it was the songs that were the major problems. Many of the songs failed to grab my attention and thats because of the structures, the songs felt rushed. Everything seemed to go faster than necessary, I guess that is was most because of the fast drum patterns. No, the songs were basically not as good as you thought they were, the songs were rarely catchy and there was not a heavy feel in the material.

MY CONCLUSION
There you ave it, I hope this was a good reading and you are welcome to comment this review. Well, to me it sounded like this band was starting to show signs of fatigue. In their debut album there was a fire, in this album the fire was staring to slowly burn out. There was though some songs that I thought were good but I think this was not a good album, not bad but still not good. I would describe this album as a typical one-night-stand because you might listen to this one time and you realize that this was to no good. I would recommend this album to Forbidden fans and maybe to other metalheads as well but I don't think that serious metal fans would enjoy this.

RECOMMENDED TRACKS
-- Step By Step
-- Twisted Into Form

The overall album will be a sad 2.5/5



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Apocalyptic Raids
August 7th 2006



810 Comments


I used to have this album on mp3, but I deleted it a while back.

I don't remember it being particularly great.

Monaro73
October 11th 2008



23 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album is awesome, not as good as Forbidden Evil but a close second. Its Technical thrash metal, great vocals and excellent guitar work and drumming, This will probably be more popular now since Thrash has made a resurgence. Forbidden are one of the most underrated Thrash bands from the 80's.

moopaloo
January 15th 2010



1 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

this album is my favorite thrash metal album of all times.
the guitar work is complex and rich with flavor and keeps a steady chugging sound. lyrics are great as usual but what really makes them great are the opera like yet still gruffy at times vocals of russ anderson.
as soon as you throw in twisted into form you are immediately mesmerized by the bright yet mysterious acoustic intro to "infinity" called "parting ways" and are led right into the climactic intro to "infinity".
this album is a definite must have for those who appreciate their thrash metal extra saucy.

TriefeyeVanPoz
February 21st 2010



5 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

great album!
great band!

grungethrash91
May 22nd 2010



97 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Awesome band and album, but extremely hard to find their cds. screw itunes, I want lps or cds.

FadeToBlack
May 22nd 2010



10914 Comments


idk I have their first album, I love the music but the vocals are soooooo bad, they pretty much ruin it for me

BaphometConsumed
October 22nd 2010



38 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I couldn't disagree more with the score. this album is exceptional and one of the absolute best LPs to ever emerge from the Bay Area, because it takes the usual tricks of that scene and weaves them together in a rather unique, stark vision. The songwriting is masterful (leagues about anything Testament ever did), the performances inspiring, and the production is great to boot... what's not to love here?

Pyosisified
July 13th 2011



2450 Comments


rating may be a little too harsh but yea, this isnt that awesome

Pyosisified
July 13th 2011



2450 Comments


no blast beats and pig squeals

TheNotrap
August 1st 2011



8042 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

In my opinion their best record and a personal favourite.
The best songs here are the title track, Infinite and specially Step by Step.

Smart Thrash!!

Digging: Accept - Blind Rage

Ovrot
August 1st 2011



10490 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Best forbidden album

Thrasher86
November 2nd 2011



181 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great album love the technical guitars. Never really got into Forbidden Evil for some reason, I've tried but I just can't.

Ovrot
November 2nd 2011



10490 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

do you have a vagina where you keep all your sadness?

TheNotrap
November 2nd 2011



8042 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

this need a serious review

TheNotrap
December 9th 2011



8042 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

STEP BY STEP BY STEP
SURVIVING HANGING BY A THREAD

STEP BY STEP BY STEP
IT'S TIME TO TURN THE TABLE


DoubtGin
December 9th 2011



6749 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

M/

TheNotrap
December 9th 2011



8042 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Rules damn hard.
M/

Ovrot
December 9th 2011



10490 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

second favorite thrash album

Ovrot
December 15th 2011



10490 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

666 [666]

Ovrot
December 15th 2011



10490 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

in my top 5 thrash albums



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