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

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