Twisted Into Form

Forbidden - Twisted Into Form ©1990 Combat
1. Parting Of The Ways
2. Infinite
3. Out Of Body (out Of Mind)
4. Step By Step
5. Twisted Into Form
6. R.I.P.
7. Spiral Depression
8. Tossed Away
9. One Foot In Hell

The infamous Bay Area thrash scene only truly spawned a few magnificent acts and featured more also-rans than anything. Frankly, aside from occasional moments, bands like Defiance, Laaz Rockit, Death Angel, and others were second rate followers of their peers. On the other hand, one of those also-rans happened to released one excellent album before becoming a thrash casualty due to their record label's demise. Many of those who were signed to Combat Records essentially vanished into a sea of obscure follow up releases. However, Twisted Into Form is one album that truly deserved the reissue status it finally received in 1999.

Forbidden's main point of focus was their ability to weave hyperaggressive pacings with a great sense of melody and creative thrash guitar riffs. The speedy guitarists are able to avoid thrash metal blur and come up with some stellar songs over which vocalist Russ Anderson sang a mix between Ozzy styled melodies and a more sinister sneer. His voice is somewhat of an acquired taste, but it fits the music well. The first four songs on the album are immaculately tight and lead the listener into the next song extremely well. Another great song is "R.I.P", which shows some interesting song structure as well as great energy. The razor sharp edges of the riffs are intricately threaded with the fast paced drumming of Paul Bostaph (who, of course, found more fame in Slayer, replacing Dave Lombardo).

Forbidden's main source of contemporary attention seems to be donating members to more famous bands. Previous Forbidden members went on to join bands such as Vio-lence, Machine Head, Nevermore, Slayer, Testament and others. Whether they're seen as a farm club for musicians or just another member of the Bay Area thrash scene, Twisted Into Form is a remarkable and defining album of the style.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 01/2001

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