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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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  • GodofDeathMetal

    They are death metal. I would call 'em death metal by today's standards.

    14 May 11:12pm Reply
  • Razielek

    Satan played NWOBHM, Slayer speed metal, Possessed black metal and Death... well, death metal. That's what I'm hearing. Correct me if I'm wrong.

    29 Apr 8:10pm Reply
  • AGP64X

    slipknot invented death metal.

    29 Apr 10:49am Reply
  • GodofDeathMetal

    Possessed fuckin' rox!

    18 Apr 4:09pm Reply
  • PussyRipper

    SATAN invented death metal

    10 Apr 2:02am Reply
  • Baianolucas

    A Day to Remember invented death metal.

    3 Apr 2:20pm Reply
  • PagannWinterr

    In Poland "The Exorcist" is blocked... thx...

    29 Mar 2:53pm Reply
  • NujillicA

    Slayer invented death metal.

    20 Mar 5:40pm Reply
  • GodofDeathMetal

    On the contrary, both bands invented death metal.

    20 Mar 4:27pm Reply
  • Meloku666

    "Death invented death metal, not Possessed" I agree

    19 Feb 10:14pm Reply
  • Tuberkulloosi

    " I already like the old school death metal Possessed, but I just found another band (psychedelic rock) in Spotify. Now, I like two possesseds. :) " haha, same deal here.

    28 Jan 5:27pm Reply
  • Razielek

    Death invented death metal, not Possessed

    22 Jan 4:58pm Reply
  • versionfiv

    beyond the gates is awesome, so is eyes of horror

    26 Dec 2014 Reply
  • AquilaTeofilo

    I already like the old school death metal Possessed, but I just found another band (psychedelic rock) in Spotify. Now, I like two possesseds. :)

    11 Dec 2014 Reply
  • ErmacFailwins

    banda foda

    1 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Reflechissant

    I feel like it's growing on me, hopefully it is!

    26 Oct 2014 Reply
  • caduds

    "Beyond the Gates is a gay queef from God's fartbox" JAJAJAJAJAJA

    17 Oct 2014 Reply
  • treeweavermetal

    Well, since Seven Churches is the pinnacle of Satanic death and Beyond the Gates is a gay queef from God's fartbox, whatever new material they come out with will probably suck donkey ass.

    17 Oct 2014 Reply
  • musicmaniac7778

    Seven Churches is 29 years year it will be 30 years of BLASPHEMOUS THRASH or DEATH if you prefer :D haha all and all it rules a ton!!! HAILS!!

    17 Oct 2014 Reply
  • versionfiv

    they will probably get erik rutan to produce it.

    8 Oct 2014 Reply
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