Forbidden (album)

Cover art by Paul Sample
Studio album by
Released20 June 1995
StudioParr Street Studios, Liverpool, Merseyside, England
Devonshire Studios, Los Angeles, California
GenreHeavy metal
ProducerErnie C
Black Sabbath chronology
Cross Purposes

Forbidden is the 18th studio album by English rock band Black Sabbath, released in June 1995. This recording saw the reunion of Black Sabbath's Tyr-era line-up from 1990, with the return of Neil Murray and Cozy Powell. It was the last album to feature Tony Martin on vocals, Geoff Nicholls on keyboards, and the last by the band until 2013 when Ozzy Osbourne and Geezer Butler returned for the album 13. The album sold 21,000 copies in the U.S in its first week and as of 2013, Forbidden has sold 191,000 copies in the US.[1]

The album received a generally negative response from critics and fans alike. After its release, the band underwent several line-up changes and found itself at a career crossroads. However, original Black Sabbath vocalist Ozzy Osbourne would reconcile with guitarist Tony Iommi not long afterwards.[2]

Album information and background

The recording of Forbidden followed some late lineup changes within the band, with Butler replaced by Murray and Powell returning in the immediate aftermath of the 1994 Cross Purposes tour. Writing and rehearsals took place at Bluestone Farm in Wales, ahead of recording at Parr Street Studios, Liverpool that December. According to a July 1995 interview by Tony Iommi for the Boston radio station WBCN, the album took 10 days to record. The album was launched in June 1995.[3] Musically, the release draws on traditional heavy metal and power metal styles as well as influences from blues. The album's opening track, "The Illusion of Power", features a verse by hip-hop artist Ice-T of the group Body Count,[2] delivering a spoken word part during the song's bridge.

Body Count member Ernie C produced, recorded, and mixed the album.[2]

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