Forbidden title new album and release studio report

Forbidden have announced that the title for their upcoming album will be ‘Omega Wave’ and they have also gave fans a studio update through the two releases as seen below.

Album details:

Reactivated San Francisco Bay Area thrashers FORBIDDEN continue their work at Sonic Room/Audio Voyage Studios in Livermore, California recording their upcoming new album Omega Wave. Album artwork has been commissioned from Kent Mathieu (FORBIDDEN, Exodus, Autopsy, Exhorder). The album is being produced by FORBIDDEN guitarist / songwriter Craig Locicero and Tim Narducci. All tracks will be mixed by Sean Beavan (Slayer, Marilyn Manson, Nine Inch Nails).

States Locicero:

“After a year of writing and a couple of months recording this son of a bitchin’ album, we’ve finally decided to call it Omega Wave. It certainly would have been easy to self-title it, but anyone who knows anything about FORBIDDEN and our history understands that we spend a considerable amount of time thinking about these things. That’s just what we do. Omega Wave seemed most fitting and it’s one of the thrashiest songs on the record! An ‘omega wave’ is the feeling of impending doom that hangs over everyone in these difficult times, more so than any other era in history. Many feel that our time is almost up, partly because it has been written and predicted in almost every ancient society; also because most people can tell which way the wind is blowing, if you know what I mean. So the question is, is this all really happening by design or is it a self-fulfilled, man-made hysteria that we are creating by accepting it in our collective consciousness? Either way, it’s a black wave of negative energy that exists to billions of people. That is the Omega Wave.”

On why the band sought out the artist FORBIDDEN’s career began with:

“Within the last few months, we’ve reconnected with the original artist who painted the artwork for our first two albums, Forbidden Evil and Twisted Into Form: Kent Mathieu. I love the work he’s done with everyone, but there is no denying that the first two covers he did for FORBIDDEN are a couple of the most iconic pieces for our genre. Getting Kent on board was a coupe and he gets us like no other artist could. He’s got a pile of lyrics to inspire him and he fully understands the Omega Wave concept. I can’t wait to see what he comes up with. Should be perfect!”

On the dedication of co-producer Tim Narducci:

“Tim and I have know each other since ’86, when I was in Forbidden Evil and he was in Tyrannicide! We were under-aged kids drinking beer in the Ruthie’s Inn parking lot! That’s some history and he knows his metal! Some of my peers have been grilling me on what it’s like to produce a record for the first time. It’s time consuming and somewhat difficult to get the performances out of someone you’ve known since you were kids, but I am not doing this alone. Tim Narducci has been by my side every step of the way. We help each other stay focused and motivated. He’s excellent and catching the little things and bringing the big picture together. We also have a great engineer and person in Brad Barth, who is a recording wizard and also owns Audio Voyage/Sonic Room (where we’re tracking). I really love working with these guys. Tim, Brad, and I have been playing together in SpiralArms since 2005. We’ve learned a lot about ourselves and recording over the last 5 years and recently completed Spiral’s first full length album that comes out this summer. We started recording and finished that album before we began the FORBIDDEN record.”

On the talents of mixer Sean Beavan:

“Once we finish the recording process, everything gets into the hands of a true genius. I still can’t believe how lucky we are to have Sean to do it. Sonically, he’s very unique and on a different level. He’s produced, engineered, and mixed some of the best sounding material out there. I met Sean through my work with Rick Rubin on the Manmade God record I did in 2003. Sean mixed it and we became friends. I learned a lot from him and he really listened to my input when Rick asked him not to (ha, ha). Sean will make the FORBIDDEN record sound like nothing else going, and that’s a great thing! Hopefully everyone will appreciate how cool and organic the tones and performances are. We set out not to make a record that sounds like anyone else besides FORBIDDEN. I don’t feel like it could be in any better hands than Sean’s to keep the integrity of what we started all the way to the finish line.”

As a final comment on the new album, Locicero adds: “Whatever Omega Wave turns out to be will ultimately rest upon my shoulders. I picked the team and that’s fine with me. I can live with that.”

Song titles on the new FORBIDDEN album are as follows:

1. Alpha Century
2. Forsaken At The Gates
3. Swine
4. Immortal Wounds
5. Hopenosis
6. Adapt Or Die
7. Inhuman Race
8. Behind The Mask
9. Dragging My Casket
10. Overthrow
11. Omega Wave

Studio update:

Reactivated San Francisco Bay Area thrashers FORBIDDEN continue their work at Sonic Room/Audio Voyage Studios in Livermore, California recording their fifth studio album, Omega Wave. Guitarist Steve Smyth checks in with the following update:

“We began Day 3 going straight back into ‘Adapt Or Die,’ finishing up [the] layering and got done a few hours in. I decided to move into a track called ‘Swine’ next. ‘Swine’ is a little different from the rest of the tracks to me, a little more on the ‘doomy’ side of things, but it has more than a few surprises in there. I’m not going to give away too much here… you’ll have to wait for it!

‘Swine’ has some cool odd-time stuff at the intro, FORBIDDEN style, and well-arranged by Craig [Locicero] and Mark [Hernandez]! I sort of created the intro riff for this song by accident. Craig and I were jamming on some of the other songs one day, and I just happened to be noodling on something, not really thinking about anything, and he looked at me, and said ‘What’s that?! Play that again!’ I played it again, and we turned this from something completely unconscious on my part into the intro of the song pretty quickly! Mark and Craig brought some odd-time and arrangement ideas into it from there, and the rest of the song came right into it. Awesome! I’m a huge fan of things happening like that. The riff I’m talking about has the influence of Randy Rhoads and Sabbath in it, no doubt from my years of playing a lot of that stuff in my Ozzy/Sab tribute Sweet Leaf. A very dark, eerie-sounding (I hope!) arpeggiated pattern that has a moving bass line underneath it as well. Back to tracking: we started from here, and got the flow going, and moved on through the track, noting certain places where I would put some layered stuff in later, as I wanted to bring out the eerie arpeggio section as much as possible.
“Once this was done, I wanted to move into another song I had a bit more of a hand in writing as well, a song called ‘Behind The Mask.’ This one starts off heavy and moody, and does not let up for a long time! Very heavy pounding metal with a lot of peaks and valleys, as well as a killer chorus that Craig came up with for this one, which absolutely is heavy as hell, and jumps around the beat; a little tricky, but grooves like a mofo!

“Again, I don’t want to give away the farm on this one, but there’s some really cool stuff I came up with in the bridge that I hope you’ll all dig on; lots of melody in this section, and not the type of instrument or style I think was ever heard on a FORBIDDEN record, but rest assured, I kept it heavy! We ended the day with this track, and moved into the next day from there… I was exhausted, but stoked as f*** that I got both of these tunes happily where I wanted them.”


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