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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.   Burning in Hell
  5.   Thunder & Lightning
  6.   Death Metal
  7.   Phantasm
  8.   The Exorcist
  9.   Storm in My Mind
  10.   (I Think You're) Hot
  11.   Carpe Diem
  12.   Be Your Friend
  13.   Evil Warriors
  14.   American Hero
  15.   Sad Sad Sea
  16.   Beast of the Apocalypse
  17.   March to Die
  18.   Heretic
  19.   Pentagram
  20.   My Belief
  21.   Seven Churches
  22.   The Eyes of Horror
  23.   Niaga Olleh
  24.   Killing Man
  25.   Swing of the Axe
  26.   Disheartened & Disillusioned
  27.   Exploration, Pt. 2
  28.   Fallen Angel
  29.   Twisted Minds
  30.   Holy Hell
  31.   Exploration
  32.   Seance
  33.   Beautiful White Moon
  34.   Farewell and Goodbye
  35.   Wasted Love
  36.   Party Politics
  37.   Airhead
  38.   Love That You Gave
  39.   Climb the Wooden Hills
  40.   I See the Light
  41.   Love 'Em & Leave 'Em
  42.   Reminiscing
  43.   All Night Long
  44.   Satan's Curse
  45.   Swimg of the Axe
  46.   Confessions
  47.   Fifth of November
  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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