6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 27 August 2008
Although Rob Flynn had departed by the time this was recorded, Paul Bostoph remains to complete one of the greatest thrash bands that never made it. This album contains absolute gems for any self respecting thrash fan. Opener 'Chalice of Blood' is a 1000mph no nonsense taste of things to come. What made this band so special however, was that at such an early age they showed great song writing ability, 'Forbidden Evil'and Éyes of Glass'are simply stunning. Vocalist Russ Anderson is no traditional thrash growler, he posesses an amazing voice which lifted this band above the hundreds of contempories that had surfaced by this time. In an interview at the time, the band stated they were after longevity and cited Slayer, Priest and Maiden as huge influences. It's such a shame things never happened for this band, they showed so much potential. The guitar team of Glen Alvelais and Craig Locicero was an awesome partnership that brough to mind the talents of exodus'Gary Holt and Rick Hunolt. I've been listening to this album since it was released all those years ago and I simply can't recommend it enough. Although they managed to release a further three albums this is the one you need to have, outstanding.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 30 March 2002
Featuring a young Robb Flynn (now on Machine Head and ex-member of Vio-lence) on their early days, who left the group before the recording of this debut labum, the great Paul Bostaph on drums and the talented vocalist Russ Anderson, this album is a one of the bast works of the so called bay-area thrash movement (in the style of bands like Exodus, Vio-lence, Death Angel, Metallica etc.). If you are a thrasher you can't live without this masterpiece, so go buy it!! Thrash will never die!!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 4 November 2004
This Album is,
My Most Favorite Thrash Album I own. None of Forbiddens other Albums come close to this Great Album. If your thinking about buying this album go for it, you wont be disapointed.
There are many cool Crunchin' Riffs in all of the songs (the way we like it) and there are too many solos to count in the album, Id say an average of 3-4 Solos in each song. Nice Eh ? All of which are either very good or pretty reasonable. Ok its not malmsteen but its Damn good Guitar work.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
American Bay Area Thrash Metal band Forbidden are one of the great underrated Thrash bands that everyone who gets into the genre a little further than normal will love but who unfortunately never seem to have broke out of that limited audience and gotten the recognition that their fantastic music deserved, even with the odd couple of fans giving them a curiosity based on association with Machine Head's Rob Flynn.
Their 1988 debut album Forbidden Evil is rightly regarded as a classic album by most Thrash fans and is honestly one of the best albums that the genre ever spawned, even among the very tight competition. In fact it is still arguably the band's finest achievement to date. If you are a big fan of the genre then chances are that you'll likely enjoy this album a hell of a lot.
The album is significant for its excellent dual guitar lead breaks and many wonderful guitar solos, this really is a musician's kind of album, with startling displays of talent and virtuosos musicianship on display, of course there are just a lot of good old fashion great riffs, so as not to alienate the core listener and disappear up their own pretensions. Forbidden Evil is indeed still at its heart a hard, fast and heavy thrash album.
The drums are handled by Paul Bostaph, who would later go on to play in many of the best ever Thrash bands including Testament, Exodus and Slayer. He puts down a really strong performance on this record and there are a lot of fierce and creative drum fills and rock solid beats throughout.
Russ Anderson has an interesting voice and can add harsh vocals into the mix to suit the heavier riff based sections as well as soaring melodic vocals in a more traditional style, which suits the more melodic guitar, lead centric sections.
Highlights include the wonderful album opener 'Chalice Of Blood,' as well as 'Through Eyes Of Glass,' and the incredibly catchy 'March Into Fire,' all of which will stick in your head after listening to.
Overall; Forbidden Evil is a great album and deserves all the positive attention that it receives, if you are serious about your Thrash Metal then you should definitely consider getting yourself a copy; everything the genre represents in terms of style, delivery and musicianship are represented incredibly well on this strong and memorable album.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Forbidden Evil is one of those special few records that you just have to own, up there with Master of Puppets and Reign In Blood; Forbidden Evil is just an absolute Thrash Masterpiece.
From Opener 'Chalice of Blood' you know you're in for a treat, with incredible musicianship, catchy riffs and some of the finest guitar solos ever committed to tape.
The album also features one hell of a performance from the astounding Paul Bostaph (later of Slayer/Testament/Exodus)laying down some amazing fills and generally abusing the poor drumkit, justifying whatever strangely worded hyperbole you can throw at the performance.
The best song on here is without a doubt the Thrash classic 'March Through Fire,' but to be honest there isn't a single weak track on this monstrous album.
Russ Anderson's soaring Melodic vocals add a whole new flavour to the proceedings and help the band stand out as one of the premiere thrash bands of the 80's with their Testament meets Iron Maiden virtuoso stylings.
For a genuinely enjoyable thrash experience you owe it to yourself to give the mighty Forbidden a try, this really is that good.
on 3 November 2012
This is another lesser known classic in the Thrash metal genre, while I feel it is not as good as the newest album it is pretty good. lots of blistering riffs and breakneck speed, fast paced drumming and soloing, and lyrics you can shout in your best mates face while headbanging (if thats your thing) it nice and simple and has nothing much else to it perfect for when your angry or just if you like this kind of music, it has not mish mash of genres or anything it is just out and out Thrash metal. Fast furious and Fun simple.
on 3 July 2014
What a stella release! First bought on vinyl back in 88' and was blown away by it then! Awesome stuff!! One of the best from the golden days of Thrash!!!!! J Counsell.
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 14 March 2008
When I first heard this album, I knew that it was money well spent. This is classic thrash metal from the most underrated thrash band ever. The two guitarists are truly fantastic that could easily match the skill, speed and agression of Kirk Hammett and Kerry King. True shame that didn't make more albums like this because this is classic. I would reccomend you buy this extremely quickly so you can Bang Your Head before the novelty wears off (if that's possible).
After buying this buy:
Suicidal Tendencies - Join The Army
Testament - The Legacy
Exodus - Bonded By Blood