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

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