FORBIDDEN — Omega Wave (review)

FORBIDDEN — Omega Wave album cover Album · 2010 · Thrash Metal Buy this album from MMA partners
4/5 ·
UMUR
"Omega Wave" is the 5th full-length studio album by US thrash metal act Forbidden. The album was released in October 2010 by Nuclear Blast Records. "Omega Wave" qualifies for the comeback album tag as it´s the first album by Forbidden since "Green (1997)".

Bearing that in mind it´s amazing how unmistakably the music on "Omega Wave" sound like Forbidden. 13 years between albums is a long time and add to that a couple of lineup changes (guitarist Tim Calvert is replaced by Steve Smyth and drummer Steve Jacobs is replaced by Mark Hernandez) but Forbidden still sound like they did before they disbanded. Technically well played thrash metal with a sense for melody. Forbidden have always had the luck that they have a lead vocalist in Russ Anderson who can actually sing and not just deliver raw staccato style thrash metal singing (he does that pretty well too). On "Omega Wave" he demonstrates his class and superior skills more than ever. The tracks are all well written and the album comes off consistent instrumentally speaking but it´s the vocals by Russ Anderson that lifts "Omega Wave" to a higher level. Some of the darker melodic parts in the songs have a kind alternative metal twist to them (think Alice in Chains) but mostly the songs are through and through classic US Bay Area thrash metal albeit with a few groovy twists.

It´s hard not to be extremely impressed by an album like "Omega Wave". The production is professional, clear and powerful, the musicianship is excellent and the songwriting is of good quality too. Tracks like "Forsaken at The Gates", "Draggin My Casket" and "Swine" fully demonstrate why Forbidden have been missed so badly by their fans. A 4 star rating is fully deserved.
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UMUR wrote:
more than 2 years ago
It´s definitely worth checking out.
more than 2 years ago
Shall have to give it a listen! Their first 2 albums (all I have) are great stuff

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