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

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