Tiny Chalice of Thrash
It’s pretty funny, but I found this item between pop and rock ‘masterpieces’ in one of the biggest shop in Poznan during my studies. Now it is not important who put it there, the most important is that “Raw Evil: Live at the Dynamo” joined my Forbidden tape collection, however this title is very special: it is the only original one and the only one which survived these all years of listening to. What is more, it still looks and sounds (!) perfect. The title saw the light of the day after the European tour of the band, just after releasing skull crushing debut album “Forbidden Evil”. The similar thing as compared to Testament and their live tracks recorded in Eindhoven in 1987. Here I deal with four song tape Ep that clocks in 26 minutes and shows top form of the band, although the first song is pretty strange to me: “Victim of Changes” by Judas Priest. This song coming from “Sad Wings of Destiny” is a good stuff on the end, but as the opener? No, it doesn’t convince me! Fortunately Forbidden’s interpretation is really brilliant, the song got another better life. I have to mention great vocal lines of Russ Anderson too, he shows enormous talent…
…but at the end of this song he shouts “…see you next time!”. Mind you, it’s a first song here. What is more, there is no continuity, as the songs are divided by man-made tunes of silence. All seems to be haphazard. For all that, this tape is truly valuable, still we cannot find any full-length live recording in band’s discography, so… better a bare foot that none. Anyway, beside the cover song, these five Americans serve absolutely three splendid thrash killers: “Forbidden Evil”, “Chalice of Blood” and “Through Eyes of Glass” unleash its slashing power without any mercy. And to sum this short unique tape up: pure devastating thrash that I still listen to it with delight. No more is needed.
And only one thing is unpleasant: the band, after releasing “Omega Wave” album, is on hold… Again.
(written on June, 2014)