The story of FORBIDDEN is a sad one. They are truly one of the unsung heroes of the Thrash Metal-genre, with some of the most accomplished musicianship from the era when Bay Area-Thrash was at its peak. This was, by some, considered to be their finest moment, while others will say that their first album, the shred-fest "Forbidden Evil", was their hands-down best. I must disagree with the latter, I've heard the MUSIC on "Forbidden Evil" and it just doesn't measure up to "Twisted Into Form" compositionally. While they've indeed toned down the solos here, the riffs and songwriting are much more mature.
Opening acoustic instrumental "Parting Of The Ways" kicks things off with beautifully depressing minor-chords, which segues into the "Infinite"-opus. Heed my words, people, these riffs are of the highest order! The twin guitar-team of Craig Locicero and Tim Calvert (who would later join NEVERMORE) play effortless, harmonized riffs as though they were born with their axes! Also of note is the drumming of Paul Bostaph, far different from his speed-o-matic drumming in SLAYER. Here he employs lots of clever cymbal-tricks and bass-drum-rhythms, while he also lays down the four-on-the-floor on "Infinite" with no problems at all. And his verse-groove on the title-track has a slightly jazz/fusion-tinge, which is always refreshing to hear in Thrash Metal. Russ Anderson's shrill vocals might be a turn-off to some, but they slowly grew on me and now I think they're quite good. You'll just have to hear this and decide for yourself.
I'm willing to bet that most anyone into Metal, no matter which sub-genre, can appreciate this album in some way. And don't think that there aren't shed-solos aplenty here, but in contrast to "Forbidden Evil", these solos are much more thought-out and involving, not to mention memorable!
I understand that this album has just been re-issued. So all you sceptical Metalheads afraid to try out some classic Thrash, take a chance with this one. You just might enter into your own personal "retro-phase" as well...