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  • Audio CD (October 25, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • ASIN: B0040U8XTQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Kingcrimsonprog on October 26, 2010
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While Forbidden have never exactly been the biggest band around, any serious fan of Thrash Metal will at least be aware of them and most people reading this review will likely be very aware of their classic debut album `Forbidden Evil,' which stands tall today as one of the absolute best albums to come out of the Bay Area, the second wave and the genre as a whole. If you enjoy Bay Area Thrash Metal at all, if you have any interest in the Second Wave Thrash bands like Heathen, Vio-lence and Death Angel then it might be time to check out Forbidden.

For those who are unaware; Forbidden are known for their technical capabilities and musical prowess, especially in the guitar solo department as well as for vocalist Russ Anderson's instantly recognisable voice which differentiates Forbidden from the crowd. These key elements are all present and correct on `Omega Wave,' which helps the album retain that trademark Forbidden sound after all these years.

It has been thirteen years since the release of Forbidden's most recent studio album, 1997's `Green,' and while people may be expecting a cynical cash in on their debut's legacy, (the band went as far as to hire Kent Mathieu, the same artist who painted their first two album covers and got him to paint a cover which evokes their debut album) Forbidden actually find a good balance between the various styles present of all the band's previous four albums as well as introducing a fair amount of modern ideas and approaches to songwriting.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Hill TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 26, 2010
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Forbidden shows that they are now and always have been one of the most technically gifted bands in metal with this album. As a huge fan of their first two releases, I was not entirely satisfied with the lack of speed on Distortion and Green, although to be fair, almost no bands were allowed to release thrash metal in the mid- to late-nineties. Well, this CD sees Forbidden happily returning to their roots, blistering your ears with searing solos, thundering double bass, and the return of Russ Anderson's legendary soaring high notes. I love the crisp, menacing sound of this album, which sounds closest to Twisted Into Form, but with some traces of Distortion and Green. Craig Locicero's choppy thrash riffs are back, as is his sometimes eerie tone. As mentioned, Russ's vocals are often reminiscent of Twisted Into Form, but more aggressive at times, like on Green. Some of the songs are thrashier than others, as a few are mid-paced, but most have at least one fast riff or section. I doubt many fans will say this is better than Forbidden Evil or Twisted Into Form, but I think 99.9% will love it, and I'm pretty sure all Forbidden fans will like it more than Distortion and Green. Forbidden is one of the best in the business, with a knack for writing catchy riffs, memorable songs,and great vocal melodies. The quality musicianship and high-speed melodic thrash on this CD will have you wondering if it's 1990 again.

Update, 11-18: I just saw Forbidden open for Overkill last night, and to say it was amazing would be an understatement. Forbidden's new songs, Adapt or Die and Omega Wave, were GREAT live, and after the show, Craig, Matt, Steve, and Mark hung out with my friends and me for about a half hour behind the venue, signing stuff, taking pics, and just being some of the coolest freaking people in the world. Mark said Omega Wave is just the beginning for Forbidden. Blitz, Ron Lipnicki, and Dave Linsk from Overkill hung out, too. Night of a lifetime; all these guys rule!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Scott Hedegard on November 16, 2010
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It's been a long time since thrashers had new Forbidden material. For us in the hinterlands of the mid-south, they are barely even heard of, so much so local record stores don't even carry "Omega Wave". This reviewer had to order it from Amazon, and that's a pity because these guys deserve much more recognition than they're getting. For that matter, there's a lot of metal impossible to find in your bigger chain stores, with FYE being the only one to stock a halfway decent heavy metal section.
Forbidden came just after the Big Four's initial explosion, being in the group that includes Exodus, Death Angel and Testament. There are some sound similarities to Testament on earlier discs, but "Omega Wave" shows us a band with a very heavy sound that like Exodus, shows these older thrash titans rocking harder than ever. Lots of slicing lead guitars, hammering rhythms and real sung vocals by Russ Anderson give us a welcome breather for those wanting their music heavy without the sticking-your-finger-down-your-throat grunting that is so damn irritating.
The British magazine Metal Hammer gave this Cd a lukewarm review, and though this publication is usually pretty spot-on with their reviews, they are flat wrong calling "Omega Wave" a so-so affair. With a great production and bruising tunes like "Swine" and the opener "Alpha Century", giving these guys anything less than a five star review is ridiculous. It's a great comeback and one hopes Forbidden will enjoy a second life ala Exodus, who came back after supposedly dying with the brutal "Tempo Of The Damned" and are unstoppable now. What a great double bill this would make.
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