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

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