POSSESSED ( Death / Thrash Metal , USA ) Vinyl Album Cover Gallery & 1980s Discography

Possessed is a Death/Thrash Metal band from San Francisco, California (USA) and was formed in 1983 by Mike Torrao, Mike Sus, jeff Becerra and Brian Montana.

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On the discography listing below you will find POSSESSED ( Death / Thrash Metal , USA ) vinyl records released during the 1980s. For each record you will have the record company's catalognr, album title, year and country of release. Complete information for each record can be viewed by selecting the corresponding links. Albums have been ordered in ascending alphabetical order of the album titles.

POSSESSED Biography Highlights

During the 1980's the Possessed Heavy Metal band has released three official recordings on vinyl.

1985 Seven Churches
1986 Beyond the Gates
1987 The Eyes of Horror

Core members of Possessed included:
Jeff Becerra - Lead Vocals, Bass one of the founding members of the American Death/Thrash Metal band "Possessed" and has been in this band since 1983. Other bands he has played in are Blizzard, Misery, Side Effect, Sub-zero.
Larry LaLonde - Guitar (real name: Reed Lawrence LaLonde) - Guitars. Has been playing guitar with the Heavy Metal bands: 1984-1987 Possessed and also Blind Illusion, Blizzard, Caca, Corrupted Morals, No Forcefield, Primus
Mike Torrao - Guitar one of the founding members of the American Death Metal band Possessed. He has also played in the bands: Blitzkrieg, Iconklast, Infanticide.
Mike Sus - Drums one of the founding members of the American Death Metal band "Possessed"


"POSSESSED" Band Description:

 Possessed is a pioneering American death metal band that formed in San Francisco, California, in 1983. They are widely regarded as one of the first and most influential bands in the genre, and their music has been an inspiration to countless other death metal acts that have followed in their footsteps.

Possessed was founded by guitarist Mike Torrao and drummer Mike Sus in 1983. They were soon joined by vocalist Barry Fisk and bassist Jeff Becerra, and the band began playing shows around the San Francisco Bay Area. Their early sound was heavily influenced by thrash metal bands like Slayer and Metallica, but they also incorporated elements of punk rock and hardcore into their music.

In 1985, Possessed released their debut album, "Seven Churches," which is now widely regarded as a classic of the death metal genre. The album featured fast, aggressive guitar riffs, thunderous drumming, and Fisk's guttural, growling vocals. The lyrics were often dark and satanic, a common theme in death metal music. "Seven Churches" was a critical and commercial success, and it helped to establish Possessed as one of the premier bands in the burgeoning death metal scene.

Following the success of "Seven Churches," Possessed went through several lineup changes. Fisk left the band and was replaced by Jeff Becerra, who moved from bass to vocals. Guitarist Brian Montana also joined the band, and they released their second album, "Beyond the Gates," in 1986. While "Beyond the Gates" was not as well-received as "Seven Churches," it still demonstrated Possessed's technical prowess and musical innovation.

Unfortunately, Possessed's success was short-lived. The band disbanded in 1987 due to creative differences and personal issues. Becerra was shot during a robbery in 1989, which left him paralyzed from the chest down. Despite these setbacks, Possessed's influence on the death metal genre continued to grow. Bands like Death, Morbid Angel, and Cannibal Corpse cited Possessed as a major influence, and their music helped to define the sound and style of death

metal for years to come.

In the 2000s, Possessed reunited with a new lineup and began playing shows again. They released a live album, "Agony in Paradise," in 2004, and in 2019 they released their third studio album, "Revelations of Oblivion," which was well-received by fans and critics alike. While Possessed may not be as active as they once were, their legacy as one of the pioneers of death metal is secure.

"Seven Churches," "Beyond the Gates": Possessed's pioneering, influential 1980s death metal albums.

  POSSESSED - Beyond the Gates ( 1986, GB ) 12" LP
 POSSESSED - Beyond the Gates (1986, GB) 12" LP

Under One Flag FLAG 3 , 1986 , England

Possessed's "Beyond the Gates" 12" Vinyl LP mesmerizes with its iconic gatefold gimmick cover. Designed by artist Edward J. Repka, the fold-out cover transforms into a vivid poster, showcasing dark and intricate illustrations that mirror the album's occult themes. A collector's gem, this innovative packaging not only enhances the album's visual allure but also leaves a lasting imprint, influencing subsequent generations of metal artists.

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  POSSESSED - Seven Churches ( 1985, Netherland ) 12" LP
 POSSESSED - Seven Churches ( 1985, Netherlands ) 12" LP

Combat Records / RoadrunneR RR 9757 , 1985 , Netherlands

"Seven Churches" is Possessed's debut album . The album had a massive impact on heavy metal in general, but also in establishing death metal. Many die-hard fans have dubbed Possessed and Seven Churches as the "granddaddy of death metal",

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  POSSESSED - The Eyes of Horror ( 1987 , USA ) 12" EP
 POSSESSED - The Eyes of Horror ( 1987 ,  USA )

 Combat 88561-8168-1 , 1987 , USA

"The Eyes of Horror" by the American Death Metal band "Possessed" is the last record they recorded and released during the 1980s, this record was produced by Joe Satriani.

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