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

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