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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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Top Songs by

  1.   Song
  2.   Dream
  3.   Darkness, Darkness
  4.   The Exorcist
  5.   Reminiscing
  6.   Death Metal
  7.   Heretic
  8.   Swimg of the Axe
  9.   Storm in My Mind
  10.   The Eyes of Horror
  11.   Restless Dead
  12.   Phantasm
  13.   Pentagram
  14.   My Belief
  15.   Confessions
  16.   Swing of the Axe
  17.   Exploration
  18.   Climb the Wooden Hills
  19.   All Night Long
  20.   Seance
  21.   Evil Warriors
  22.   Fallen Angel
  23.   No Will to Live
  24.   Burning in Hell
  25.   I See the Light
  26.   Thunder & Lightning
  27.   Love 'Em & Leave 'Em
  28.   Beast of the Apocalypse
  29.   Beyond the Gates
  30.   March to Die
  31.   Tribulation
  32.   Intro
  33.   Twisted Minds
  34.   Holy Hell
  35.   Seven Churches
  36.   Love That You Gave
  37.   Exploration, Pt. 2
  38.   Dog Fight
  39.   Disheartened & Disillusioned
  40.   Satan's Curse

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