Friday Full-Length: Black Sabbath, Forbidden

Posted in Bootleg Theater on November 30th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

Black Sabbath, Forbidden (1995)

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To wit, 20 years earlier, the original lineup issued - Learn all you need to know about custom writing #1 reliable and professional academic writing service. Get to know main Sabotage as their sixth album in five years, which is a run the impact of which is still rippling outward today. Even the beginnings of the era in which the band was fronted by I Need Help For My Homework - Instead of spending time in inefficient attempts, receive specialized assistance here professional writers engaged in the company Tony Martin in 1987’s The Eternal Idol (discussed here) held promise for what the group might still accomplish — or at very least that they’d do right by the legacy they’d already built. Martin‘s tenure in Black Sabbath has the odd distinction of being interrupted when Iommi did a reunion with the band’s second vocalist, Ronnie James Dio, for 1992’s Dehumanizer (discussed here). Already in addition to The Eternal Idol, he’d appeared on 1989’s Headless Cross and 1990’s Tyr, so it was not a case of a one-and-done spot in the band as had been experienced by Glenn Hughes on the would’ve-been-an-Iommi-solo-record Seventh Star in 1986 or even Deep Purple singer Ian Gillan, let alone Ray Gillen and others who’d come and gone in the ’80s. Still,¬†Sabbath‘s left turn was sudden with the¬†Dio¬†reunion — lest we forget that founding bassist¬†Geezer Butler and drummer¬†Vinny Appice also returned at that point and left again, the latter with¬†Dio and the former after the band’s subsequent LP, 1994’s¬†Cross Purposes.¬†Martin was back in two years for that album as well, but the next year, ’95,¬†Forbidden would be his final outing with¬†Black Sabbath.

So what happened, and is¬†Forbidden really all that bad? Yes and no. I don’t think anyone is about to argue that its 11-track/47-minute run is a landmark like anything Sabbath in their original incarnation, or when they were fronted by¬†Dio, or even that its held up with age as well as the¬†Gillan-fronted 1983 outing,¬†Born Again (discussed here) — to which history has been particularly kind — but neither is it to be entirely written¬†black sabbath forbiddenoff as¬†Iommi would seem to do in his book.¬†Whatever his conflict in the studio,¬†Powell (who would pass away three years later) gave a rousing performance on songs like “Loser Gets it All,” which closes, and the earlier “Sick and Tired.” Bassist¬†Neil Murray stands in well for¬†Butler and keyboardist¬†Geoff Nichols (R.I.P. 2017) fleshes out¬†Iommi‘s guitar with characteristic melodies that enhance the atmosphere of the record overall. But it was a weird time for metal. The genre had already survived the commercialism of glam and grunge by going underground, but a band like¬†Black Sabbath — so long a major presence both on the touring circuit and in terms of influence — couldn’t really do that. And the idea of “classic metal” that would let¬†Judas Priest and eventually¬†Black Sabbath flourish well into the 2010s didn’t really exist yet. So they were in a position of either trying to keep up with the times or continue to ride a steady decline in wider relevance. Which I guess is how you get¬†Ice-T doing a short spoken word appearance on¬†Forbidden¬†opener “The Illusion of Power.”

It’s hard to begrudge¬†Iommi taking a stab at it, and however much he might disavow¬†Forbidden¬†now, the album does have enduring qualities. The single “Get a Grip” remains catchy with a strong performance from¬†Martin over a trademark later-Iommi riff. Ballads “I Won’t Cry for You” and especially the six-minute “Kiss of Death” tend toward redundancy with other cuts from the¬†Martin era, but still serve the purpose of adding diversity to the album, while “Rusty Angels” finds a kind of midpoint between that style and the grittier push of “Guilty as Hell” and “Sick and Tired,” which form a tandem in the middle of the record — recall it was the mid-’90s, so they would’ve been structuring for CD rather than vinyl — that holds resonant vitality, while the odd, jerky vocal patterning in “Shaking off the Chains” actually hearkens back to¬†Black Sabbath‘s earliest days and the immediately prior “Can’t Get Close Enough” finds¬†Martin doing his best in conjuring¬†Dio‘s¬†swagger and nearly getting there. There are ups and downs, as the title-track is mostly forgettable and “Kiss of Death” plays toward Sabbathian epics while landing well short thereof, but even “The Illusion of Power” stands as a demonstration that the band so often credited with codifying heavy metal was still willing at the time to try to make it do different things. There was precedent for metal/rap crossover, but it was still a risky proposition. I don’t know if it worked or not, but it’s especially bold that that track leads off the record, and for all the purported incongruity,¬†Ernie C‘s production does well in contrasting some of the grandiosity in the band’s sound at that point and bringing them back down to earth. Onto the street. Where the cred happens.


Those looking to further mine some positive aspects from Forbidden¬†should also consider the fact that it was the album that led to¬†Iommi‘s 1997 reunion with original vocalist¬†Ozzy Osbourne,¬†Butler, and original drummer¬†Bill Ward and nearly two decades of touring on and off with¬†Ward in and eventually finally out of the band owing to a contract dispute.¬†Black Sabbath was finally laid to rest last year, but their 2013 studio album,¬†13 (review here), was widely hailed as a return to their past glories. That proposition, like everything, is debatable, but how could it not have been the flop of¬†Forbidden¬†that was at least in some part responsible for making that reunion happen?

I’ve been working over the course of the last year or so to reconcile myself and really explore what is more typically considered¬†Sabbath‘s darker period in the Martin years. I don’t think I’d put on¬†Forbidden before¬†Headless Cross or¬†Tyr, but neither should it be entirely discounted. It’s emblematic of the time in which it was made, and for 18 years, it stood as the¬†last Black Sabbath studio full-length. That in itself makes it all the more worthy of consideration.

As always, I hope you enjoy.

Next week, Quarterly Review. It’s about quarter to 5AM right now, and after I finish this post I’m going to make the banner image and set up the back end for the posts. It’s a double-size deal. 100 records in 10 days, because if you’ll recall, we missed the Fall one owing to that whole I-got-robbed thing.

I have some premieres slated besides that — actually, I just got hit up for a full album stream on Wednesday that¬†I really, really want to do, but a full review aside from 10 shorter ones? oof — for videos and the like, but as it’s still coming together and the point is that it’s the Quarterly Review, you’ll pardon me if I skip the notes. I’ve been doing that more lately. Should I stop doing the notes altogether? Does anyone care? I’m asking, really. If you get a second and have any idea what I’m talking about, please leave a comment.

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