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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.   Forbidden Evil
  4.   Chalice of Blood
  5.   Twisted Into Form
  6.   Overthrow
  7.   Over the Middle
  8.   Phat
  9.   Swine
  10.   What Is the Last Time?
  11.   Omega Wave
  12.   Immortal Wounds
  13.   Behind the Mask
  14.   Adapt or Die
  15.   One Foot In Hell
  16.   RIP
  17.   Step By Step
  18.   Out Of Body (Out Of Mind)
  19.   Green
  20.   No Reason
  21.   Tossed Away
  22.   Turns to Rage
  23.   Chatter
  24.   Parting Of The Ways
  25.   As Good as Dead
  26.   March into Fire
  27.   Inhuman Race
  28.   Follow Me
  29.   Focus
  30.   Hopenosis
  31.   Face Down Heroes
  32.   Spiral Depression
  33.   Alpha Century
  34.   Rip Ride
  35.   Off the Edge
  36.   Feel No Pain
  37.   Blank
  38.   Kanaworms
  39.   Victim Of Changes
  40.   Forsaken at the Gates
  41.   Infinite
  42.   Noncent$
  43.   Dragging My Casket

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