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1) Possessed is an American band and was formed in 1983 in San Francisco, California. After breaking up in 1993, the band reformed under original bassist/vocalist Jeff Becerra in 2007. They are noted for their fast playing style, Becerra’s guttural vocals and have been cited as an influence on the death metal genre. The band’s influence on the genre is so great that they are sometimes called the “godfathers” of the death metal genre and are often considered the first death metal group, with the name of the genre possibly coming from their first demo entitled “Death Metal”.

The band originated in San Francisco in 1983. The band recruited Jeff Becerra to take over the lead vocal position following the death of original lead vocalist, Barry Fisk. The following years were spent practicing and working on their sound by performing at local venues. Through their early live performances they met fellow bay-area heavy metal band, Exodus. Exodus brought the band’s four song demo recording to the attention of Brian Slagel, head of Metal Blade Records. lagel showed interest in the band and offered to put one of their songs on an upcoming compilation titled “Metal Massacre 6”. The track included was titled “Swing of the Axe”. Following the release of the compilation, guitarist Brian Montana left the band due to creative differences. He was replaced by Larry Lalonde, future guitarist of popular band Primus. Although Metal Blade did not offer to sign the band, the compilation drew the attention of Combat Records. Possessed signed with the label and released the album “Seven Churches” in 1985.

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