In the video below POSSESSED perform a full set of death metal at Oakland Metro Operahouse – Oakland, California – January 9th, 2019.
Set list of the night.
Intro / Pentagram, Beyond the Gates, The Eyes of Horror, Evil Warriors, Tribulation, Seance, Intro / The Heretic
My Belief, Abandoned, Storm in My Mind, Burning in Hell, Shadowcult, Intro / The Exorcist, Swing of the Axe, Fallen Angel, Death Metal
Seven Churches, Satan’s Curse
POSSESSED took San Francisco’s metal scene by storm, playing with fellow Bay Area thrashers and friends EXODUS, and other bands- many now long gone. In 1982-1983, they recorded a four song demo. One of the demo tracks, “Swing of the Axe” ended up on the Metal Massacre 6 compilation and later on “The Best of Metal Massacre.” Released in October 1985 on Combat Records, Seven Churches set a new standard for extreme music. Combining lightening fast riffs, Becerra’s raspy trademark growl and speedy bass playing, Pummeling drums and Randy Burns’ production, Seven Churches created a whole new genre of music- death metal. Seven Churches went on to be one of Combat Records’ best-selling albums. Not bad for a quartet of high school kids!
Beyond the Gates. Released on Halloween in 1986, this album was especially well-received in Europe where they toured at the end of the year. The album that changed the landscape of heavy metal, Beyond The Gates was the highest selling Combat album that year.