Origin: San Francisco, CA, USA
Genres: Death Metal

Possessed  


Possessed were genuine death metal pioneers, taking an early Slayer influence to another level of rawness and brutality. Their Seven Churches debut features an early death metal style similar to Death's Scream Bloody Gore, another early death classic, though Possessed had formulated the style two years earlier. They managed another album and an EP, but dissolved soon afterward. Some time after their last release (somewhere around 1989), Jeff Becerra was left paralyzed in a shooting accident (this after he and Mike Torrao recorded a new demo). Torrao brought back the Possessed name once again in 1993 with a new lineup which recorded two demos before folding for good. Comparing the three releases, the first two are more death-sounding while the EP owed more to thrash (due to a cleaner production).

Since early 2007 Becerra has been gigging occasionally with several guys from the band Sadistic Intent, under the name Possessed. This doesn't appear to be an official reformation or new version of the band.

Current Members

Jeff Becerra

vocals/bass

Larry LaLonde

guitars (Blind Illusion, Primus)

Mike Torrao

guitars

Mike Sus

drums


Discography



Seven Churches 
1985 Combat
  1. The Exorcist
  2. Pentagram
  3. Burning In Hell
  4. Evil Warriors
  5. Seven Churches
  6. Satan's Curse
  7. Holy Hell
  8. Twisted Minds
  9. Fallen Angel
  10. Death Metal
  • Jeff Becerra
  • Larry LaLonde
  • Mike Torrao
  • Mike Sus

Reviews:   Metal Observer 



Beyond The Gates 
1986
  1. Introduction
  2. The Heretic
  3. Tribulation
  4. March To Die
  5. Phantasm
  6. No Will To Live
  7. Beyond The Gates
  8. The Beasts Of The Apocalypse
  9. Seance
  10. Restless Dead
  11. Dog Fight
  • Jeff Becerra
  • Larry LaLonde
  • Mike Torrao
  • Mike Sus




(EP) Eyes Of Horror 
1987 Combat
  1. Confessions
  2. My Belief
  3. The Eyes Of Horror
  4. Swing Of The Axe
  5. Storm In My Mind
  • Jeff Becerra
  • Larry LaLonde
  • Mike Torrao
  • Mike Sus




Victims Of Death  COMPILATION
1993 Relativity
  1. The Exorcist
  2. Pentagram
  3. Swing of the Axe
  4. March to Die
  5. Death Metal
  6. The Eyes of Horror
  7. Fallen Angel
  8. Burning in Hell
  9. Beyond the Gates
  10. Seven Churches




Agony In Paradise  LIVE
2004
  1. March to Die
  2. Pentagram
  3. Beast of the Apocalypse
  4. Holy Hell
  5. Swing of the Axe
  6. Burning in Hell
  7. Heretic
  8. Phantasm
  9. The Exorcist
  10. Fallen Angel
  11. Seance
  12. Twisted Minds
  13. Death Metal




Possessed By Evil Hell 
2007




All Demos  COMPILATION
2010
  1. Death Metal
  2. Evil Warriors
  3. Burning In Hell
  4. Fallen Angel
  5. Martyrs Wake
  6. The Seventh Sign
  7. The Seventh Sign (1993 Demo)
  8. The Last Ritual
  9. Human Extermination




Reanimation  COMPILATION
2012
  1. Death Metal
  2. Evil Warriors
  3. Burning in Hell
  4. Fallen Angel
  5. Pentagram
  6. Swing of the Axe
  7. Twisted Minds
  8. Fallen Angel
  9. Evil Warriors
  10. Swing of the Axe
  11. The Exorcist
  12. Confessions
  13. Death Metal
  14. Burning in Hell
  15. The Exorcist
  16. Satan's Curse
  17. Holy Hell
  18. Seven Churches
  19. The Exorcist (2004 version)
  20. Holy Hell
  21. Death Metal
  22. The Exorcist
  23. Pentagram
  24. Burning in Hell
  25. Twisted Minds
  26. Satan's Curse
  27. Evil Warriors
  28. Swing of the Axe
  29. Fallen Angel
  30. Holy Hell
  31. Death Metal
  32. March to Die
  33. Pentagram
  34. Beast of the Apocalypse
  35. Holy Hell
  36. Swing of the Axe
  37. Burning in Hell
  38. The Heretic
  39. Phantasm
  40. The Exorcist
  41. Fallen Angel
  42. Seance
  43. Twisted Minds
  44. Death Metal


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