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  • Audio CD (Nov. 12 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B000000QHE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars 49 customer reviews
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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
9. Forbidden
10. Kiss Of Death

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By LeBrain HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 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.
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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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I never thought I'd see the day that I'd say a Black Sabbath album completely failed, but this one does. Miserably! It goes back towards the light-metal vein of "Eternal Idol", yet can't really find its place.
From the first song you can tell that Tony Iommi is a little baffled by what to do this time. 'Illusion of Power' contains some great, dark riffs, but then Ice-T of all people comes in and raps in the middle. HUH? Where was the quality control here?
This is unacceptable.
From there it's just a downward spiral of mediocre riffs and "heard it before" lyrics. The production is pedestrian, spearheaded by a member of the rap community and not someone who has an ear for heavy music.
Even if this wasn't Black Sabbath the album would still be bad. I'm not judging it on the band's illustrious pedigree, but simply as a heavy metal album. For further evidence, take careful note of this album's sales, clearance price, and the majority of fans' comments before making your decision to spend your hard-earned (or even unearned) money here.
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Forbidden (1995) is Black Sabbath's last studio album up to this point; it featured the Headless Cross Tour/TYR album line-up of Tony Martin (vocals) Tony Iommi (guitar) Neil Murray (bass guitar) Cozy Powell (drums) Geoff Nicholls (keyboards.) This was also the last studio release on the now defunct IRS label. Forbidden is not "classic" Sabbath ,and probably won't appeal to many, but if you're a Martin fan, or heavy metal fan in general you will probably like this album. Most Ozzy fans need not apply.
1. The Illusion of Power - One of the better tracks on the album, features guest vocalist Ice T, so this song has more of a rap feel to it, but they did a decent job. 90%
2. Get a Grip - Fast paced rocker, seems a little like filler though. 70%
3. Can't Get Close Enough - Slower, but Iommi shines enough on this song to make it worth lisetening to. 85%
4. Shaking Off The Chains - Similar to Get a Grip, fast paced, a sounds a little like filler. Not a highlight from this album. 75%
5. I Won't Cry For You - A great song, the ballad of Forbidden. One of the better songs on this album. 90%
6. Guilty As Hell - Fast paced rocker, but much more enjoyable than Get a Grip and Shaking Off The Chains. 90%
7. Sick And Tired - Sadly the title describes this piece of filler. Worth listening to for Iommi though. 70%
8. Rusty Angels - Another highlight worth listening to. This is a mid-tempo rocker. 90%
9. Forbidden - The title track, the second best song on this album. Cozy sounds great, and Iommi has a cool solo (but it's too short!) Martin's vocals don't impress me on this song, but this song still shines. 95%
10. Kiss of Death - Hands down best track on this album!
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