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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
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  1.   Song
  2.   Darkness, Darkness
  3.   Dream
  4.   Death Metal
  5.   Fifth of November
  6.   Wasted Love
  7.   Farewell and Goodbye
  8.   Pentagram
  9.   Fallen Angel
  10.   Burning in Hell
  11.   Beautiful White Moon
  12.   American Hero
  13.   Niaga Olleh
  14.   Dog Fight
  15.   Seance
  16.   Beast of the Apocalypse
  17.   Phantasm
  18.   Seven Churches
  19.   The Exorcist
  20.   Storm in My Mind
  21.   The Eyes of Horror
  22.   Confessions
  23.   Sad Sad Sea
  24.   (I Think You're) Hot
  25.   Restless Dead
  26.   March to Die
  27.   Tribulation
  28.   Heretic
  29.   Intro
  30.   Twisted Minds
  31.   Evil Warriors
  32.   Satan's Curse
  33.   Holy Hell
  34.   Swimg of the Axe
  35.   Swing of the Axe
  36.   Beyond the Gates
  37.   Love 'Em & Leave 'Em
  38.   Be Your Friend
  39.   Carpe Diem
  40.   Reminiscing
  41.   Killing Man
  42.   Love That You Gave
  43.   Exploration
  44.   Climb the Wooden Hills
  45.   Thunder & Lightning
  46.   My Belief
  47.   All Night Long
  48.   Disheartened & Disillusioned
  49.   Exploration, Pt. 2
  50.   No Will to Live
  51.   Party Politics
  52.   I See the Light
  53.   Airhead
  54.   N-Line
  55.   Swing the Axe
  56.   Exploration Pt. II
  57.   Excorcist (Live)

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