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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.   Dream
  3.   Darkness, Darkness
  4.   Death Metal
  5.   Intro
  6.   Beast of the Apocalypse
  7.   Tribulation
  8.   Beyond the Gates
  9.   I See the Light
  10.   Burning in Hell
  11.   Exploration
  12.   The Exorcist
  13.   Love 'Em & Leave 'Em
  14.   All Night Long
  15.   Seance
  16.   No Will to Live
  17.   Phantasm
  18.   March to Die
  19.   Heretic
  20.   Fallen Angel
  21.   Twisted Minds
  22.   Holy Hell
  23.   Pentagram
  24.   Evil Warriors
  25.   Thunder & Lightning
  26.   Dog Fight
  27.   Satan's Curse
  28.   Climb the Wooden Hills
  29.   Disheartened & Disillusioned
  30.   Exploration, Pt. 2
  31.   Reminiscing
  32.   Restless Dead
  33.   Swing of the Axe
  34.   My Belief
  35.   Swimg of the Axe
  36.   Storm in My Mind
  37.   The Eyes of Horror
  38.   Seven Churches
  39.   Love That You Gave
  40.   Confessions

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