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

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