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Veterans of the golden era of Bay Area thrash metal Forbidden forge a welcomed comeback after a lengthy hiatus by throwing their hat into the revival ring on the 12-track affair OMEGA WAVE. Championing their hometown sound with a focus on melody thanks to the band’s trademarked combination of flashy fretwork and histrionic vocals (“Adapt or Die”, “Forsaken at the Gates”), this quintet does a solid job of producing meat and potatoes headbanging material like a cross between Exodus, Testament, and Death Angel (“Overthrow”, “Swine”) with touches of progressive and power metal traipsing through the twin guitar tradeoffs (“Immortal Wounds”). Providing a clean yet menacing attack, Foribidden is yet another old school band to arise from the where are they now file and come back to the scene with a renewed vigor.
- Mike SOS