Origin: San Francisco, California, USA  
Genres: Thrash Metal
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Last update/review: April 19, 2023


First known as Forbidden Evil, and once featuring Machine Head guitarist Robb Flynn in its ranks, Forbidden was one of the prototypical 80's San Francisco thrash bands, with their first two albums being amongst the best in the genre. For some reason they faltered after those first two albums, with label issues being part of the problem, as both Distortion and Green seemed to be poorly promoted and hard to find at the time. They first broke up in 1997, with everyone in the group at the time moving on to other bands (Tim Calvert to Nevermore, Russ Anderson to Parking Lot Prophets, and the others forming Manmade God). A decade later a modified lineup emerged, eventually releasing Omega Wave in 2010, and they retired again in 2012. Finally, 2023 sees a rebirth of the band as they are set to resume activities.

Current Members

Norman Skinner

vocals (Imagika)

Craig Locicero

guitars (ex-Demonica, ex-Manmade God)

Steve Smyth

guitars (ex-Dragonlord, ex-Nevermore, One Machine, guest for Testament, ex-Vicious Rumors)

Matt Camacho

bass (ex-Manmade God)

Chris Kontos

drums (ex-Konkhra, ex-Machine Head)

Former Members/Guests

Russ Anderson


Glen Alvelais

guitars (ex-Testament, ex-Tenet)

Tim Calvert

guitars (ex-Nevermore) RIP: April 30, 2018, ALS, age 52

Paul Bostaph

drums (ex-Exodus, Slayer, ex-Systematic, ex-Testament)

Steve Jacobs

drums (ex-Manmade God)

Mark Hernandez

drums (ex-Defiance, ex-Demonica, ex-Re:Ignition, ex-Technocracy, ex-Torque, ex-Vio-lence)


Forbidden Evil  
1988 Combat
  1. Chalice of Blood
  2. Off The Edge
  3. Through Eyes of Glass
  4. Forbidden Evil
  5. March into Fire
  6. Feel No Pain
  7. As Good As Dead
  8. Follow Me
  • Russ Anderson
  • Craig Locicero
  • Glen Alvelais
  • Matt Camacho
  • Paul Bostaph

Raw Evil: Live At The Dynamo  EP
1989 Combat
  1. Victim Of Changes
  2. Forbidden Evil
  3. Chalice Of Blood
  4. Through Eyes Of Glass
  • Russ Anderson
  • Craig Locicero
  • Glen Alvelais
  • Matt Camacho
  • Paul Bostaph

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
  • Russ Anderson
  • Craig Locicero
  • Tim Calvert
  • Matt Camacho
  • Paul Bostaph
1990 Readers' Album #11

Point Of No Return  COMPILATION
1992 Combat
  1. Chalice of Blood
  2. Out of Body (Out of mind)
  3. Feel No Pain
  4. Step by Step
  5. Off The Edge
  6. One Foot in Hell
  7. Through Eyes of Glass
  8. Tossed Away
  9. March Into Fire
  10. Victim of Changes

1995 Massacre
  1. Distortion
  2. Hypnotized by The Rhythm
  3. Rape
  4. No Reason
  5. Feed The Hand
  6. Wake up!
  7. Mind's "I"
  8. All That Is
  9. Undertaker
  10. 21st Century Schizoid Man
  • Russ Anderson
  • Craig Locicero
  • Tim Calvert
  • Matt Camacho
  • Steve Jacobs

1997 GUN
  1. What is The Last Time?
  2. Green
  3. Phat
  4. Turns to Rage
  5. Face Down Heroes
  6. Over The Middle
  7. Kanaworms
  8. Noncent$
  9. Blank
  10. Focus
  • Russ Anderson
  • Craig Locicero
  • Tim Calvert
  • Matt Camacho
  • Steve Jacobs
1997 Readers' Album #50

Omega Wave  
2010 Nuclear Blast
  1. Alpha Century
  2. Forsaken at The Gates
  3. Overthrow
  4. Adapt Or Die
  5. Swine
  6. Chatter
  7. Dragging My Casket
  8. Hopenosis
  9. Immortal Wounds
  10. Behind The Mask
  11. Inhuman Race
  12. Omega Wave
  • Russ Anderson
  • Craig Locicero
  • Steve Smyth
  • Matt Camacho
  • Mark Hernandez
2010 Readers' Album #10

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