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Forbidden Begins Writing New Material

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Guitarist Craig Locicero of the thrash metal band, Forbidden, has issued the following update about his experiences writing new material with new guitarist Steve Smyth (Nevermore, Testament, Dragonlord):

"First off, we've been crazed busy offer the last couple of months! Multiple levels of work and play going on around here. Getting ready for our California dates that start tomorrow at the Key Club in Hollywood and end with a home show Blow-out in San Jose at the Voodoo Lounge. That has turned into the priority for now. Obviously first and foremost Steve Smyth being the 'New Dude' and getting up to speed was important. He and I had been working on Skype a few days a week for the last few months before he finally arrived here from London last week. That prepared Steve to walk in and play the older songs with conviction and purpose."

"There is plenty of urgency and attitude in his playing. I have to say it, Steve's been through a lot and stared Death down with his Kidney ailment and transplant. That was some serious business! We respect Steve as a player but much more importantly, as a person! He's one of the good guys in Metal and he fought very hard to get back to 100%. I bring this up only because he would not. But the fact is, he hasn't got to step on the stage and rip some metal since he last did it with Nevermore in '06. So there's the great sense of that purpose I was talking about. He respects Forbidden's music and the guys who played it before him and is fully aware that eyes and ears with be on him. Hey, Steve's RIPPING but he's also pretty hard on himself and a perfectionist. The other thing I love is how killer of a rhythm player he is and that been awesome to feel in the room, this stuff is not easy. He also has crushing Randall tones. Wow! Chemistry can not be underrated."

"It would be a crime to leave out that Mr. Smyth has made an appearance on Metalocalypse with Snakes and Barrels as the voice of great Snizzy 'Snazz' Bullets!!! Ahhh, I Love it!”

"As well as the older stuff, obviously we started writing new material. We've already completed the basics on 2 songs that we will finish after the gigs we have over the next couple weeks. The stuff is Strong and I think that we've nailed a sound that reflects we're Forbidden fits in today. Making sure it's vital and relevant is most important to all of us. We are not one of those bands who are trying to cash in on the past. I stated in a earlier update "the re-union is over" and it is. We're a new band with new blood. Speaking for myself, I would not be doing this if it wasn't for the right reasons. I know the other guys feel exactly the same way. Where Forbidden left off in '96 and where we are today are two different places."

"I know that 'Green' went over some peoples heads at the time, but I find it interesting how many of the new 'Big' Metal bands say how much that record influenced them. Ironic, to say the least. But very cool! What we are tapping into now is a cross section of where we started and clear hind site of what we did best in the past. Also today's anger and frustration help fuel our creative process. It's going to sound like Forbidden should sound in 2009! Not like 1996. But we still have a long way to go and a lot more material to put together. When it's done it's done, so we'll see. In the mean time we will let everyone hear our Demo's within the next couple of months, so keep an ear out for that!"

Forbidden tour dates are as follows:

03/26 - Hollywood, CA - Key Club
03/27 - San Diego, CA - Jumping Turtle
03/28 - Yucaipa, CA - Angels Roadhouse
04/03 - San Jose, CA - The Voodoo Lounge
05/22 - Pacifica, CA - The Octopuss Lounge
05/23 - Sacramento, CA - The Kennel Club
05/29 - Uden, Netherlands - De Pul
05/30 - Dortmound, Germany - ROCK HARD FESTIVAL
06/01 - London, UK - Underworld
06/03 - Vosselaar, Belgium - Biebob
06/04 - Hellendoorn, Netherlands - De Lantaarn
06/06 - Solvesborg, Sweden - Sweden Rock Festival

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