Reactivated San Francisco Bay Area metallers FORBIDDEN spent the past few weeks working on several new tracks which will appear on the band's next studio album, tentatively due in 2010.
Commented guitarist Craig Locicero, "What may seem overdue to all of our longtime fans was like a lifetime for us.
"We just completed the first demonstration of any new FORBIDDEN songs since 1996! Phew... that's quite a sentence for me to type.
"Everybody in the band is very excited about the two songs. All of the guys did a terrific job.
"The 'new' dudes, [drummer] Mark [Hernandez; HEATHEN, DEFIANCE, RE:IGNITION] and [guitarist] Steve [Smyth; ex-NEVERMORE, TESTAMENT] raised the bar of expectation and really stretched out and challenged themselves. But our real hero is Russ [Anderson; vocals]. My god, did he ever sing his ass off! Nobody can deny the results of all of his hard work.
"Oh yeah, Matt [Camacho; bass] and I did alright too.
"All in all, we feel that every minute we put in was worth the wait. It gave us the perspective we needed to attain what we heard in our heads. We felt the need to dig deep and deliver the very best material we could for everyone to get a feel for our sound in 2009. Especially under the circumstances of being out of the metal genre for so long.
"Rest assured, it sounds like FORBIDDEN!
"The songs were recorded and mixed by Tim Narducci [SPIRALARMS, SYSTEMATIC] and assisted by Brad Barth at Sonic Room/Audio Voyage studios in Livermore, California. Tim did an amazing job and fully dedicated himself to the project. It's a fantastic situation, because Tim and Brad play with me in SPIRALARMS! The working/creative relationship has really flourished over the last year. It's truly ideal!
"'Adapt or Die' will debut worldwide tomorrow night, Friday the 21st, on www.1077thebone.com on Nikki Blakk's 'Bone Metal Zone' between 10 p.m. and 1 a.m. PST. Nikki Blakk is a true metal supporter and a great DJ! There couldn't be a better place to debut a new FORBIDDEN song than playing it on the Bone, based here in San Francisco, for such a large audience of metalheads! Thanks, Nikki!
"If you can't tune into the Bone Friday night, we'll be posting 'Adapt or Die' this Monday the 24th on our MySpace page!!! We'll let everyone digest that for a few weeks then post 'Hopenosis' up next!
"Come on, you waited this long, what's another few of weeks??? Hehe....
"Enough words, it's finally time to let our music do the talking. Now to get the rest of the record done and get it to the entire world!!!"
Quality video footage of FORBIDDEN performing the song "Step By Step" on May 29, 2009 at De Pul in Uden, the Netherlands can be viewed below (courtesy of "stoneagelightning").
The band's last studio LP, "Green", was released in 1997 on the G.U.N. label.