Forbidden (1985-1997): a Thrash band from San Francisco, California, USA.
tarting as Forbidden Evil by Russ Anderson (vocals), Glen Alvelais (guitar), Craig Lociero (guitar), Matt Camacho (bass) and Paul Bostaph (drums), Forbidden arrived at the crest of the arrival of Metallica and the other "Bay Area" thrashers and even signed to 'Metal Blade'. Forbidden Evil reduced their name to just Forbidden and saved their former name for their debut album in 1988 to widespread acclaim. Like Testament, Forbidden played the Dynamo Festival in Holland and taped the show for posterity and released it as Raw Evil - Live At The Dynamo in 1989 as a mini set, the record even featuring a frenetic cover of Judas Priest's Victim Of Changes. After Tim Calvert (ex-Militia) replaced Alvelais, they would finally release the proper follow-ups, Twisted Into Form (1989) and Point Of No Return - The Best Of Forbiden (1992) before Steve Jacobs replaced both Bostaph and Camacho; Bostaph going on to bigger Thrash endeavors with the likes of Slayer and Grip Inc., etc. Label hassles hindered the band's progression during the rest of the 1990s, with only Point Of No Return - The Best Of Forbidden "best of..." resulting, until 1997 when they returned with Green (1997) and Distortion (1997), two albums that showed them making progression on the 'Gun' label featuring a nod to the grunge genre. It wasn't enough, however, and they disbanded soon after.