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