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Forbidden was part of the second wave of thrash metal bands which arose from the Bay Area Scene (along with Testament, Death Angel, Vio-Lence, etc.), and though full of promise early on, they never broke through like many predicted. 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 Bay Area club scene like hundreds of other up-and-coming garage bands inspired by thrash originators like Metallica, Slayer, and especially Exodus. Flynn wouldn't last long (going on to form Vio-Lence, then Machine Head), but with his replacement, Glen Alvelais, the band gradually built a following and eventually signed with Combat Records. Their 1988 debut, Forbidden Evil, received largely favorable reviews and they set out on the road with fellow thrashers Exodus, Death Angel, and Testament. Forbidden then recorded a live EP at the 1989 Dynamo Festival in Eindhoven, entitled Raw Evil: Live at the Dynamo. But unlike their friends Testament, who had successfully pulled off the same stunt two years earlier and solidified their footing with European audiences in the process, the record won them few new fans. Guitarist Alvelais quit to join Testament shortly before the recording of 1990's Twisted into Form -- a less inspired but more focused collection of technical thrash, which still failed to break new ground. Then, like many of their peers, Forbidden fell prey to the dwindling interest in thrash metal symptomatic of the early '90s, and a 1992 best-of collection called Point of No Return seemed like the end of the road. Yet the band persisted, despite their near-obscurity and the defection of drummer Bostaph to the mighty Slayer in 1994. 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 Calvert went on to join power metal band Nevermore, while Locifero, Camacho, and Jacobs formed Manmade God. ~ Eduardo Rivadavia
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  1.   Song
  2.   Through Eyes of Glass
  3.   Chalice of Blood
  4.   Forbidden Evil
  5.   Over the Middle
  6.   Infinite
  7.   Twisted Into Form
  8.   Omega Wave
  9.   Hopenosis
  10.   Turns to Rage
  11.   Forsaken at the Gates
  12.   Dragging My Casket
  13.   Victim Of Changes
  14.   Rip Ride
  15.   As Good as Dead
  16.   Step By Step
  17.   Kanaworms
  18.   Overthrow
  19.   Inhuman Race
  20.   Alpha Century
  21.   Feel No Pain
  22.   March into Fire
  23.   Off the Edge
  24.   One Foot In Hell
  25.   Noncent$
  26.   Green
  27.   RIP
  28.   Face Down Heroes
  29.   Out Of Body (Out Of Mind)
  30.   Adapt or Die
  31.   Follow Me
  32.   Tossed Away
  33.   Spiral Depression
  34.   Swine
  35.   Immortal Wounds
  36.   What Is the Last Time?
  37.   Behind the Mask
  38.   No Reason
  39.   Chatter
  40.   Phat
  41.   Blank
  42.   Parting Of The Ways
  43.   Focus
  44.   Distortion
  45.   Hypnitized by the Rhythm
  46.   Rape
  47.   Feed the Hand
  48.   Wake Up!
  49.   Mind's I
  50.   All That Is
  51.   Under Taker
  52.   21st Century Schizoid Man
  53.   Dissisdent Aggressor
  54.   Be My Baby
  55.   Backwards Recording at the End of Track
  56.   [Untitled]
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  58.   [Untitled]
  59.   Instrumental

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