Bay area thrash legends Forbidden sadly had to cancel their performance at this year's Wacken Open Air festival. Long time bass player Matt Camacho has left the band and vocalist Russ Anderson decided to take a break from music business, forcing Forbidden to cancel their appearance.
Craig Locicero, Russ Anderson, Matt Camacho, and Steve Smyth of the Bay Area thrash band Forbidden are proud to make the following announcement: "After a couple of grueling months of sifting through video auditions, we've finally got our man. Let it be known that on Halloween 2011, Sasha Horn from Chicago is Forbidden's new drummer!"
Guitarist / founding member / songwriter Craig Locicero of the Bay Area thrash band Forbidden has issued the following update:
"This is the most painful update I have ever had to write...
Due to family obligations on the part of our longtime drummer, Mark Hernandez, Forbidden is forced to cancel it's tour of Europe and will start to search for an adequate permanent replacement right away. Compounding things is the fact that Mark and I also play in Demonica, who were to open the tour. Unfortunately, at this late date, there is no time nor budget to find a replacement who can handle both bands and our only option right now is to cancel the entire tour.
Forbidden would like to apologize to all of the different promoters, Continental Concerts, the bands Communic and Demonica, our label Nuclear Blast, and most importantly our fans who have been waiting for us to finally make it overseas for our first proper European tour in support of Omega Wave. You all deserve better. This is a collective kick to everyone's stomach and it is very difficult for us to swallow.
"Omega Wave", the brand-new video from Bay Area thrashers Forbidden can now be seen in the YouTube-video below. The video for "Omega Wave" was created by SchneppZone video director Jon Schnepp of Metalocalypse fame.
"Omega Wave" is the title track of the band's latest studio album, which was released last year on Nuclear Blast Records.
Reactivated San Francisco Bay Area thrashers Forbidden have uploaded the track "Forsaken At The Gates" to their official MySpace page.
"'Forsaken At The Gates' is Forbidden's new thrash anthem for the 2010's and beyond," commented guitarist Craig Locicero. "If we could go back in a time machine to when we called it a day in 1997, there still would have been no way that we could have written 'Forsakenů" back then. We needed the distance and hind-site to write this record and had to get a grip on what the hell Forbidden was all about when we started. Our vision is clear. We are a Thrash Metal band! "Forsaken At The Gates" says it all.
Reactivated San Francisco Bay Area thrashers Forbidden have debuted the artwork to their new studio album, Omega Wave. Omega Wave will be released in Europe on October 22 and in North America on October 26 via Nuclear Blast Records. Album details are available here.
Forbidden guitarist/songwriter Craig Locicero checks in about his collaborative process with artist Kent Mathieu, the visual elements that can be found in the album's artwork, and his concern for the future of the human race:
"As soon as Forbidden committed to writing a new record, I wondered where Kent Mathieu was. I'd always felt like Forbidden Evil and Twisted Into Form were pretty iconic album covers... when things like that actually seemed to matter; Then, the good people at Nuclear Blast actually located Kent! I got pretty excited and reached out to him immediately. He was equally excited to hear from us, too. The only real direction I gave Kent was to somehow tie the past into the future. Find a way to make the two skulls Forbidden Evil's artwork] vital again. He had worked up about 12 sketches all kinds of variously cool stuff. Out of all of the pictures he sent me, I liked the way one of them was laid out because of it's simplicity. After thinking about it for a long while, I had a concept for Kent to work with. The Omega Wave concept. The title wasn't decided until I had a good idea for the cover.
Forbidden have announced headlining shows just prior and after their tour with Overkill this November. Support will come from fellow thrashers Evile, Gamma Bomb, and Bonded By Blood. Confirmed dates are as follows:
Forbidden, Evile, Gamma Bomb, Bonded By Blood:
11/04/10 Jaxx - W. Springfield, VA
KillFest Tour: Overkill, Forbidden, Evile, Gamma Bomb, Bonded By Blood:
11/05/10 Montage Music Hall - Rochester, NY
11/06/10 Crazy Donkey - Farmingdale, NY
11/07/10 Club Hell - Providence, RI
11/08/10 Sonar - Baltimore, MD
11/09/10 Gil's - Virginia Beach, VA
11/10/10 Amos - Charlotte, NC
11/11/10 Volume 11 - Raleigh, NC
11/12/10 Hooligans - Jacksonville, NC
11/13/10 Club Firestone - Orlando, FL
Reactivated San Francisco Bay Area thrashers Forbidden continue their work at Sonic Room/Audio Voyage Studios in Livermore, California recording their upcoming new album Omega Wave. Album artwork has been commissioned from Kent Mathieu (Forbidden, Exodus, Autopsy, Exhorder). The album is being produced by Forbidden guitarist/songwriter Craig Locicero and Tim Narducci. All tracks will be mixed by Sean Beavan (Slayer, Marilyn Manson, Nine Inch Nails).
States guitarist Locicero: "After a year of writing and a couple of months recording this son of a bitchin' album, we've finally decided to call it Omega Wave. It certainly would have been easy to self-title it, but anyone who knows anything about Forbidden and our history understands that we spend a considerable amount of time thinking about these things. That's just what we do. Omega Wave seemed most fitting and it's one of the thrashiest songs on the record! An "omega wave" is the feeling of impending doom that hangs over everyone in these difficult times, more so than any other era in history. Many feel that our time is almost up, partly because it has been written and predicted in almost every ancient society; also because most people can tell which way the wind is blowing, if you know what I mean. So the question is, is this all really happening by design or is it a self-fulfilled, man-made hysteria that we are creating by accepting it in our collective consciousness? Either way, it's a black wave of negative energy that exists to billions of people. That is the Omega Wave."
Bay Area Trash metallers Forbidden are in the Sonic Room/Audio Voyage Studio at this moment to record their first new output in about 13 years. Guitarist Craig Locicero has given a small insight into the working titels of the songs for the new still untiteld record. Two of them can be heard as demo versions on the bands MySpace page.
Adapt Or Die
Forsaken At The Gates
Behind The Mask
Dragging My Casket
Nuclear Blast proudly announces the signing of legendary Bay Area thrashers Forbidden.
Commented the band: "We are very proud to announce that Forbidden has signed to Nuclear Blast Records. Ultimately, we all knew that there is no better label in the world to handle Metal and bring it to the masses with authority. For the last year, we have been intensely working on our craft while re-examining our past with a perspective we'd never had before. Our vision is clear and we know exactly who and what we are today. Forbidden is in an amazing creative space and we can't wait for everyone to hear it! We began recording on March 1st. We must thank Jaap Wagemaker and everyone else at Nuclear Blast for making their enthusiasm known to us since we've committed to writing this record. Also, there are so many other amazing friends that helped us along the way and we appreciate everything you've done for us to get Forbidden back into a position of strength. If you feel in your bones that you are one of them, then you definitely are! Thank you all so much."
US metallers Forbidden have issued the following update on their MySpace blog:
"Just letting you know that we've finally posted up a new song up on our MySpace page for everyone and anyone to hear. "Adapt Or Die" is just a taste of the stuff we'd been working on for the last few months.
We're not done writing the entire record yet, just getting warmed up really. But this is where it begins and we want you all to hear it. We hope you like it. In fact, tell us if you hate it.
Guitarist Craig Locicero of Bay Area Thrashers Forbidden has issued the following update:
"Time for a quick news bit about what's upcoming. We're going to be laying down some tracks on a couple of new Forbidden tunes next week with Tim Narducci co-producing it with the band. We've been working on a gang of new material for a few months and we wanted to get the first taste out as soon as we could find the time. It's important for us to let our fans (who may be the most patient in the world!) in on what we've been at this whole time. We can tell you only this much... it's Killer! Tim's going to do a great job of capturing our new energy and we're stoked as Hell!
Cali's reunited thrashers Forbidden posted the following:
"Forbidden proudly announces Mark Hernandez (Heathen, Defiance, Re-Ignition, Vio-lence, Torque, Technocracy, Social Unrest), as the drummer for Forbidden's upcoming European tour. Mark Hernandez is one of the most dynamic and solid drummers in Hard Rock/Heavy Metal today. His aggressive attack and technical ability shine. Mark has proven himself over and over from his time in one of the most respected thrash metal bands of all time Vio-lence and more recently with Heathen and the rebirth of Defiance. Mark will be one of the most watched drummers in Hard rock & Heavy Metal for years to come."
According to the band's MySpace page, Legendary San Francisco Bay Area thrashers Forbidden will reunite for several shows in 2008. Russ Anderson (vocals), Craig Locicero (guitar), Paul Bostaph (drums), Matt Camacho (bass) and Glen Alvelais (guitar) will bring something that so many of their peers, old-school fans and especially the younger generation of fans that never got to see Forbidden live have been asking for: a true Forbidden reunion!
Craig Locicero stated , "We want to show everyone what we used to do was as relevant and powerful as anybody else of that era. The gravity of our influence is really dawning on us now and we're very humbled. We owe it in turn back to those who supported our influenced us in the past. We'll be concentrating mostly on Forbidden Evil and Twisted Into Form material to give the people what they want. The time is right and it's gonna be a lot of fun. 2008 will also be the 20th anniversary for the release Forbidden Evil. It'll be VERY HEAVY and we're all excited to get started."