Forbidden "Twisted Into Form" CDPosted on Monday, October 17th, 2005 @ 7:39am » permalink
Perhaps best known for the fact that former sticksman Paul Bostaph eventually joined up for quite a run with Slayer, Forbidden's finest hour certainly eclipses anything that Slayer did without Dave Lombardo. Not to overshadow the relative quality of "Divine Intervention" or anything, but "Twisted Into Form" dropped in 1990 (yet again on the once godly Combat label) and is proof positive that true thrash was still at the top of its game for a decent stint in the post-80's. Now, many will argue, and trust me, I've had this argument a lot, that Forbidden's 1988 debut, "Forbidden Evil" is their best record. No. I'll go on record right now by stating flat out that anyone who makes that claim is wrong, very possibly hearing impaired, and certainly without proper appreciation for quality songwriting. Admittedly the band's final two records weren't all that hot, but despite the strengths of the debut, this follow-up blows it out of the water in every way.
"Twisted Into Form" is probably my single favorite thrash metal record of all time, and is absolutely able to stand right up there with the biggest names of classic thrash in terms of striking an impeccable balance between technicality and sheer aggression with melody and stunningly memorable compositional tactics. I've heard complaints about the vocals in the past, but they never bothered me, and the fact that the band employed upper-range singing as opposed to shouting/yelling vocals really adds to the catchiness of the songs. But let's face it, people: At the end of the day it's all about fucking riffs. And this record is a god damn feast of completely shredding lead runs and intricately woven rhythms that never shy away from chunky picking patterns or relentless energy. I'm sorry, no offense if you fit the bill, but I have a really hard time not thinking that any thrash fan who doesn't appreciate this album is an idiot.
Paul Bostaph most recently joined Exodus, and aside from other ex-members doing time with Nevermore and Testament, the bulk of the lineup's post-Forbidden activities tend to fall into a more rocked out and less noteworthy category. They've taken part in a few of those benefit/glory days reunion shows in recent years as well, but I don't really know much of anything there.
I actually don't own the remastered reissue of "Twisted Into Form" either, but I should probably pick it up sometime out of my sheer adoration of this CD. For you that means this disc isn't so hard to come by at the moment, and you really should give it a happy home in your collection if you dig what you hear. This will always be an underrated classic…