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Possessed

Like the extreme music they created, San Francisco's Possessed seemed cursed by dark and evil forces throughout their troubled career. Formed by guitarist Mike Torrao and drummer Mike Sus in 1983, the group would lose first singer Barry Fisk to suicide before even graduating out of their garage band status. They persisted though, and after recruiting vocalist/bassist Jeff Becerra and guitarist Brian Montana, the band was offered a slot on Brian Slagel's Metal Massacre 6 compilation. Possessed's savage sound immediately stood out from their competition and drew the attention of Combat Records, with whom they signed in 1985 after replacing Montana with guitarist Larry LaLonde. Issued later that year, the brutal Seven Churches was arguably the first true death metal album and set the stage for the genre's breakaway from thrash. Their second effort, Beyond the Gates, was released, fittingly enough, on Halloween 1986, but didn't have the same impact as its predecessor. After recording the five-track EP The Eyes of Horror the following year (produced by LaLonde's guitar teacher Joe Satriani), the band decided to call it quits. Two years later, frontman Becerra was shot during a mugging and left paralyzed from the waist down. LaLonde would go on to a long career with quirky trio Primus and Torrao went as far as recording some demos with a new Possessed lineup before dismantling the group once again. A compilation called Victims of Death was released in 1993. ~ Eduardo Rivadavia, Rovi
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mfijut0
F**k yeah Satan's curse
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I'm voting for hillary clinton
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pentagram
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I loved eyes of horror! I still have it on cassette.
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This band was so great and still love to listen to it ,, I was 14 with hair all the same Length bangs to my chest
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kick a**
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redmash73
I had forgotten how much I LOVED this band as a kid in High School. Back then all I ever listened to was Slayer, S.O.D. , M. O. D. , Anthrax Possessed and other bands that would make your gram ma think I was evil. LOL Truly one of if not thee best Death Metal bands of the 8os. Listening to them on Pandora has rekindled my love of Death Metal.
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redmash73
I had forgotten how much I LOVED this band as a kid in High School. Back then all I ever listened to was Slayer, S.O.D. , M. O. D. , Anthrax Possessed and other bands that would make your gram ma think I was evil. LOL Truly one of if not thee best Death Metal bands of the 8os. Listening to them on Pandora has rekindled my love of Death Metal.
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redmash73
I had forgotten how much I LOVED this band as a kid in High School. Back then all I ever listened to was Slayer, S.O.D. , M. O. D. , Anthrax Possessed and other bands that would make your gram ma think I was evil. LOL Truly one of if not thee best Death Metal bands of the 8os. Listening to them on Pandora has rekindled my love of Death Metal.
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They really need to remaster Seven Churches
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Takes me back to my young years, this record kills!!
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F**k yea!! Pure evil death metal! Possessed really got me into the whole thrash And death metal scene. The originators . possessed started it and Chuck Schuldiner and the mighty Death perfected the genre.
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If someone has Eyes of Horror, please add it to the POSSESED library. Keep the metal rolling.
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Undeniably one of the best Death Metal albums of all time. PURE EVIL!!!
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Metal GODS!
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ALWAYS BRIGHTENS MY DAY!!!
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Whee.
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All the metal genres you'll need right here.
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kruegerfalls
Awesome s**t, just wish production was thicker to give the true effect of the band...Morri s o u n d would've done wonders with this band....
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djjuanmolina r
666
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djjuanmolina r
Best band , rules, we will be In hell jamming to Possessed , slayer, and Venom . 666
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kick a$$ death metal supreme !!! Love this band !!!!!!!!! Hails !! \m/
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fucken sickk!
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Sick
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Larry lalonde killed this band and if thei ever was a poser it was him .beat down lightweight b**ch! Other than that one of my all time favorites !
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This guys are f**king awesome!
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POSER DISPOSERS!!
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just a freaking killer band !!! Possessed rules !! all their stuff is great!!
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F**k yeah Seven preys, Seven Bells , Seven Churches rise from hell.
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possessed and hellhammer have replaced slayer and sepultura as my favorite bands you white brothers make the best music lol LONG LIVE DEATH AND BLACK METAL oh the beatles are cool 2
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LOL Primus is playing Utah this summer
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Hell Yeah, Larry LaLonde!!!!! ! ! ! !
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Just listening to anything by Possessed, in particular, Seven Churches, takes me back to happier times, when thrash,death and black metal reigned supreme. This music makes me happy to have been young then. So Many Memories.... .
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Just the very name "Metal" owes its life to this band!!!!
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This is band is responsible for what we now know as Death Metal. They were "THE BAND" that was the conversion from Dark Metal to the creation of Death Metal. These guys not only did it first but were also produced by Joe Satriani. Their first demo called "Death Metal" should give it away. Two members, Lalonde - guitarist/si n g e r and Claypool - bassist went on to create Primus.
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my band corrupt opened a few shows for these cats when we were all young and the birth of speed, death metal began in the early 80's... still listen to the seven churches recording to this day as a classic.
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blood_oath13
I used to listen to this when it cameout and it still kills most of the crap thats out nowadays.
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ive seen them 20 years ago it seems and they are devilishly nectar sweet death or do i meen possesed

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