Possessed
Seven Churches


4.0
excellent

Review

by Dethtrasher USER (232 Reviews)
August 3rd, 2006 | 25 replies


Release Date: 1985 | Tracklist


BAND HISTORY
Let me introduce you a band called Possessed, a death-metal band who never had successful career but they became one of the true pioneers in the death-metal genre. The band was created by the guitarist Mike Torrao and the drummer Mike Sus in 1983, the trouble struck the band very early when the band lost their first singer who took his own life. The band struggled on with a new vocalist and bassist Jeff Becerra and a second guitarist named Brian Montana, but Brian left the band to so another one was introduced to the band and this time it was Larry LaLonde who became the new guitarist. They signed up for Combat Records in 1985 but the bad luck were still after them, Jeff Becerra was shot during a mugging and he became paralyzed from the waist down and the bands future was no so dark that they disbanded.

ALBUM INFORMATION
The band had a short career with lots of trouble but they released an album which is considered to be one of the very first and true death-metal albums. The band took a Slayer-formula and made it even more brutal and rawer, this album is called ''Seven Churches'' and it was a hugh breakaway from the bands thrash-metal platform. This album has the classic intensive death-metal drumming, fast eerie guitar sounds and aggressive harsh vocals. The material does though have small fragments of thrash-metal hidden here and there which makes the songs a bit catchy and maybe not so straight-ahead as some songs or bands can be.

THE BAND MEMBERS
The band lost a few musicians before they release an album so the members in this band was first of all vocalist and bassist Jeff Becerra, Larry LaLonde on the guitars, Mike Torrao who also was a guitarist and the drummer was Mike Sus. The vocals in this album is very typical for the death-metal genre, the vocals are harsh, aggressive and somewhat dark. It reminds you of the vocalist in the swedish death-metal band Dismember in my opinion. But these were the vocals that paved the way for the up-coming vocals that would be the main ingredient for the famous death-metal genre. Jeff's bass is almost non-existent in this album I'm afriad, it goes along with the rhythm guitars and does not make any standout performances. The guitars is churning out riffs after riffs and most times they are quite simplistic in their structure and is very fast played. The songs have some catchy riffing here and there but the guitars in overall are pretty simplistic and intensive. The guitar solos are though better than the riffing, the solos are pretty catchy, skillfully played and somewhat chaotic and most of the times fast. The drums are classic for the genre, the patterns are often very fast with endless beating. There is though some variety in the patterns and they become pretty catchy and enjoyable.

THINGS I LIKED ABOUT THIS ALBUM
This is death-metal indeed but I didn't found it so extreme as many other bands like Morbid Angel and Death for example. This band did a great performance and I could endure many songs before I got tired of them. One thing I enjoyed was that there was quite many songs that were catchy even though that I have a hard time to get used to old-school death-metal. Some songs that I enjoyed was songs like Evil Warriors, Holy Hell and Twisted Minds, why I liked them was because that they had a catchy structure, good variety and great guitar solos. Another thing I liked was the guitar solos, for a first album the solos sounded ''experienced'', it felt like these guys knows how to handle a guitar. The solos were energetic, the variety was great, the catchiness was pretty high and it didn't felt like it was newbeginner stuff.

THINGS I DISLIKED ABOUT THIS ALBUM
I'm not a big fan of the death-metal genre so there was a few things that I didn't cooped with so well. One thing was the vocals, the straight-ahead vocals had a poor variety in my ears. No sudden screams, growlings or stuff like that, though it is considered as a true death-metal album I guess I have nothing to argue about but the vocals becamed a bit dull near the end and I got bored pretty quick. Another thing I thought was a bit poor was the overall sound production, the music felt very flat and a bit blury. The production maybe wasen't at tops in the 80's back then but it sounded flat, if there was more base-frequence, cleaner guitars and less ecos from the vocals it would've sounded perfect. The band didn't felt so heavy too, the band seemed more focused on the extreme and satanic themes rather than the sound, but is just my own little opinion.

MY CONCLUSION
Another music experience, not my type of music but I'm feel quite satisfied now when I know how real death-metal sounded like back in the past. This is a band that I will not continue to listen at so much but I will still keep it as a memory of some of death-metal true pioneers, if you are looking for a missing link between thrash and death-metal this is the album. If I would recommend this to someone it would be death-metal fans of all kind, I think this is a album that needs to be remembered and I think that this would suit many death-metal fans. The album maybe isen't heavy as the modern death-bands but this has the very classic elements of real death-metal or at least the main ingredients. I thank you for this time and I hoped that you enjoyed this review, criticism are most welcome.

RECOMMENDED TRACKS
-- Evil Invaders
-- Holy Hell
-- Twisted Minds
-- The Exorcist

I'm not a big fan of death-metal but I will try to give this album a decent rating and the score will be: 4/5



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Apocalyptic Raids
August 4th 2006


810 Comments


essential album

Jondur
August 4th 2006


92 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

An all time classic. I love 'The Exorcist' so much - in fact I'm going to listen to it right now.

FatalEnergy
August 4th 2006


40 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

First Death Metal Album = Best Death Metal Album

'nuff said

repcak
August 4th 2006


3 Comments


i only listened to "the Exorcist" and the song is great - i have to check the whole album out.

Squirrel
August 4th 2006


74 Comments


Every metal head needs to own this !!


The Exorcist has to be the best intro to a song. EVER.

Apocalyptic Raids
August 5th 2006


810 Comments


Damn straight. That intro is godly.

Freezing Moon
August 6th 2006


63 Comments


I love this album.

rattlehead42147
May 7th 2007


1345 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Larry LaLonde is now in Primus, what a switch

kalkal50
May 8th 2007


2386 Comments


sounds like Burzum, cos he burned about the same amount of churches

LifeInABox
May 8th 2007


3709 Comments


You're not a big death metal fan?

rattlehead42147
May 8th 2007


1345 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

nah, im a huge fan of death metal, never heard this album but i would like to if i found a copy

LifeInABox
May 8th 2007


3709 Comments


I was talkin to Deth but it's aight haha

Angmar
May 8th 2007


2689 Comments


Deth may have not been big into the Death Metal genre when he wrote this, but im pretty sure he loves it now ._.

Dethtrasher
May 9th 2007


2211 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

True stevo, I love death-metal now but I don't love every death-metal stuff I hear. I prefer newer stuff than old-school.

WARPATH_88
May 13th 2007


514 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I love old school death metal man. As well as newer. This is an awesome album.

jingledeath
July 14th 2009


7104 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

damn good album

KILL
August 28th 2010


71957 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

listening to this in pitch black omfg

Digging: Exodus - Blood In, Blood Out

linguist2011
Contributing Reviewer
February 12th 2012


1896 Comments


I first listened to a tape version of this album when i was 9 years old. You can imagine my surprise at how amazing it all sounded back then.

ViperAces
September 21st 2012


12466 Comments


They are pretty well known, how come they have only 2 reviews?

MalleusMaleficarum
August 8th 2014


14355 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This review is from 2006 and it has less than 1 page of comments

good job guys



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