Got riffs? Their cup runneth over. With an arsenal of bone-crunching riffs, formidable technical chops, and quality leads, Forbidden’s guitar tandem of Glen Alvelais and Craig Locicero made an impressive showing on Forbidden Evil, the band’s debut (Combat Records). Future Slayer drummer Paul Bostaph provided the drum heroics, and vocalist Russ Anderson was responsible for the diabolical (some may say “ear-raping”) vocals. All in all, I find Forbidden Evil to be an enjoyable thrash album because the playing is tighter than dick-skin, the production is crisp, and a few (though not all) of the tracks just plain crush!
This album houses one of my favorite thrash songs ever, Forbidden Evil. What a sinister track! The opening riff is a wicked one, and the groin-rattling one that ensues at about 0:21 kicks the song into another gear! Furthermore, Anderson’s villainous vocal performance (“Unbelievers hold evil! Learn or burn! Torment, hate and torture! Your soul will burn!“) is a mean-spirited display of pure evil. This is one nasty tune. A thrashterpiece! The opening number Chalice Of Blood is another favorite, and Off The Edge and Through Eyes Of Glass round out the very enjoyable side one of the album. Side two maintains the intensity of side one, but does not measure up in terms of memorability. Nevertheless, Forbidden Evil lives up to the quality standard one expects from Bay Area thrash. (And the cover art is very cool, too!) An evil record for evil times. Get down with the sickness! My score: B+