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

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