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Black Sabbath Audio CD
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1. The Illusion Of Power
2. Get A Grip
3. Can't Get Close Enough
4. Shaking Off The Chains
5. I Won't Cry For You
6. Guilty As Hell
7. Sick And Tired
8. Rusty Angels
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1.0 out of 5 stars Aptly Titled March 17 2010
Format:Audio CD
There isn't a biggest Sabbath fan in the world than me. I'm the only person I know who can name every past and present member of the band without cheating. (If you can tell me who Terry Chimes, Dave Walker, or David Donato are, then you're in the same ballpark.)

One upon a time Black Sabbath were the most vital metal band around. The 80's and early 90's were much rougher, with a rotating lineup of singers, drummers, and bass players. Only original member Tony Iommi (guitar) and longtime keyboardist Geoff Nicholls weathered the storm consistently. This storm of constant change finally ended when Ozzy Osbourne, Geezer Butler, and later on Bill Ward rejoined Sabbath.

Interestingly, save 2009's The Devil You Know (under the band name Heaven and Hell, with RJ Dio and Vinnie Appice back in the band), Forbidden was also the last Black Sabbath studio album.

The lineup here is nothing but pure heavy metal pedigree, but it is also a reunion of the 1990-1991 Tyr band. Iommi and Nicholls are rejoined by singer Tony Martin (his fifth Sabbath album), bassist Neil Murray (his second Sabbath album) and the late Cozy Powell on drums (his third Sab platter). Murray and Powell, of course, also did time together in Whitesnake, forming a rock solid rhythm section that only great chemistry can produce.

So what happened? What went wrong? Why does this album suck so bad?

The reasons are twofold. One, the album was rushed out amid much confusion within the band. Rumours of Ozzy's return abounded and Martin didn't know if he was in or out. Second, the record company insisted on a more "current" sound.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Don't stand too close, I spit & breathe fire! Aug. 18 2012
Format:Audio CD
It isn't fair to dismiss Forbidden as a boring, uninspired, embarrassment.
I think that Can't Get Close Enough, Rusty Angels, & the title track are strong enough to support the album.
Ice-T as a guest vocalist on Illusion Of Power is questionable, but it shouldn't condemn the rest of Forbidden.
Ozzy is not the singer on Forbidden. 9 of the 10 tracks are written & performed by Tony Martin.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Sabbath album! June 1 2005
By Deimos
Format:Audio CD
This album rocks, Iommi continues to amaze me, Sabbath just keeps getting better. My fav Sabbath is with DIO (the true Sabbath) but this album proves there is no true Sabbath, every singer they get makes them better and better, and makes you realize that even though Ozzy rocks, he ain't Black Sabbath.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Overlooked Sabbath Gem! July 11 2004
Format:Audio CD
As an avid Sabbath fan, I have everything all the various line-ups have recorded. Looking back at the entire Sabbath catalog, Forbidden is truly a great Sabbath record regardless of all of the negative publicity it has received over the years. This is the same line-up that recorded TYR in 1990 featuring Tony Martin on vocals, Tony Iommi on guitar, Cozy Powell on drums, Neil Murray on bass and the one Sabbath mainstay through innumerable personnel changes, Geoff Nichols on keyboards. Interestingly enough, Body Count guitarist Ernie C. produced this record and even brought Ice-T along to assist with lyrics and vocals on the great opening track Illusion of Power. Iommi's playing seems particularly inspired on stand out tracks Sick and Tired and Get A Grip. If you are a post-Dio Sabbath fan, you will enjoy this album. Highly recommended to Tony Martin-era Sabbath fans as well.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Was Tony Iommi on crack?? March 27 2004
Format:Audio CD
If it wasn't for TYR, this would be the worst Sabbath album of all time. I bought this in a pawn shop and still felt ripped off. Ice-T on a Sabbath album? I don't know, on his album 'Rhyme Pays' he samples just about every song from 'Paranoid' so maybe Tony decided he owed Sabbath a favor. Whatever the reason behind Ice-T's appearance, it failed miserably. He only appeared on one song, but it set the tempo for the rest of the album that never really went anywhere. First of all we have Tony Martin again, the faceless, generic singer that Sabbath hires when their stuck and can't get Dio, Cozy does a decent job drumming, but it's played against watered down bass tracks. The only thing accurate about this ablum was the cover. It was a cartoonish attempt and should be 'Forbidden'.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Last Sabbath Dec 3 2003
Format:Audio CD
This album was recorded in about 2 weeks, and it's not hard to tell. It's a reunion of the Headless Cross line-up (Iommi/Martin/Murray/Powell/Nichols) after Geezer Butler and Bobby Rondinelli split after Cross Purposes.
Forbidden is a big step forward from Headless Cross, which isn't saying too much. Ernie C (the guitarist from Body Count) produces, and actually does a decent job considering how riff-heavy the album is. There's a LOT of guitar on this album - detuned, chunky, and powerful.
So what's wrong? Some of the songs just sound like riffs that are just thrown together. The composition overall is somewhat lacking - with at least two of the tracks, a part keeps repeating over and over before fading out, making them sound... unfinished. Tony Martin's voice is better than on Headless Cross, but it's not as dynamic as on TYR or Cross Purposes. His lyrics don't follow a theme like they did on either of those two (Christian/Norse mythology on TYR, religious hypocrisy on Cross Purposes) - instead taking a personal turn, just in case you're wondering about the kinds of things Tony Martin was going through back in 1995.
1. Illusion of Power - great "pulling" riff, and a fantastic guest vocal from (fellow Body Count member) Ice T! Cozy Powell even turns out some nice double-bass work in the song's mid-section.
2. Get a Grip - Begins with a sleazy chromatic riff, then goes into a double-time part for no real reason before randomly fading out. Interesting lyrics about violence, but this is one of those tracks that just doesn't seem finished.
3. Can't Get Close Enough - Yes, the clean arpeggios that say "This is going to be a power ballad".
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1.0 out of 5 stars Black Sabbath???
It came on Launchcast radio and I thought it was Deep Purple! I rated Black Sabbath a 3 star rating(I love it). Not so much this album though. I do like Deep Purple .
Published on Dec 21 2005
1.0 out of 5 stars Wayward and confusing
I never thought I'd see the day that I'd say a Black Sabbath album completely failed, but this one does. Miserably! Read more
Published on Nov. 28 2003 by e5150
1.0 out of 5 stars Pull your head out...
this album sucks!! Anyone who thinks otherwise is just blindly retarded. Stick with Headless Cross & Tyr if you're Tony Martin fans. Read more
Published on Oct. 17 2003 by njrobbo
Forget about all the stupid and negative things that some people
told about this album that today is the last studio album of
Sabbath, and the last of a great line up. Read more
Published on Aug. 8 2003 by Jorge Rojas Antillon
4.0 out of 5 stars not as bad as people say
if forbidden was sabbath's last studio album{let's hope it's not]then it must be said they went out with a bang.this album is excellent. Read more
Published on July 29 2003 by gordon
1.0 out of 5 stars an embarassment
How can you call this Black sabbath?! I find everything about this album dissapointing. The only original member left is Tony. There's no Ozzy, no Geezer, and no Bill Ward. Read more
Published on July 27 2003 by "geackz6490"
3.0 out of 5 stars Forget the cover and listen to it
While some may use the Ice T rap on 'Illusion of Power' to dismiss this album, it isn't really rap at all. Read more
Published on June 6 2003 by bob turnley
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