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Possessed - Seven Churches



8.6 | 422 votes |
Release date: 1985
Style: Death metal, Thrash metal

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495 have it
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01. The Exorcist
02. Pentagram
03. Burning In Hell
04. Evil Warriors
05. Seven Churches
06. Satan's Curse
07. Holy Hell
08. Twisted Minds
09. Fallen Angel
10. Death Metal

Top 20 albums of 1985: 4

Staff review by
Richard
Rating:
10
Released in 1985, Seven Churches is considered by many to be the first ever Death Metal album. Possessed, a 4-piece from San Francisco, built upon the raw energy of Thrash and mutated it into an altogether darker, nastier beast. This is an album which is rightfully revered and respected as an all-time classic - just under 40 minutes of primal savagery, ending with the genre-defining anthem Death Metal.

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published 28.06.2005 | Comments (20)

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Comments: 23   Visited by: 804 users
12.02.2012 - 13:18
Rating: 9
musicalkaratekid

This album is fucking great. I remember finding a tape with this album on (courtesy of my father) and listening to it at 9 years old. 'The Exorcist' is one of the best death metal songs i've ever heard, and those drums are absolutely killer. A couple of weak(er) songs on here, but it doesn't take away from the fact that this really is a legendary album.
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04.11.2012 - 22:36
megadeath13
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Its one of the most influential metal albums up to date. Its the very first death metal album and might very well be one of the best in the underground scene.
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15.11.2012 - 19:30
Aristarchos

Fallen Angel is my favourite song on this album.
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19.12.2012 - 05:19
Rating: 9
Boxcar Willy
yr a kook
Agressive as fuck.
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14:22 - Marcel Hubregtse
I do your mum
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24.02.2013 - 00:15
Rating: 10
Egigantea

I just got this baby today and ooooooooh boy do my neighbors love it!
Well probably not but to hell with them I sure love this album.
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04.04.2013 - 22:25
Metropolis_Dream
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Legendary album. Possessed were definitely one of the pioneers of old school death metal. Its a pity that they didnt manage to record more albums.
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19.05.2013 - 14:39
Illog1cal
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That last riff in 'Holy Hell' is more strange than any Voivod riff I have ever heard.
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04.07.2013 - 13:43
belphegor666

This album seriously is a killing machine...it destroys whatever is standing on it's way...Death Fucking Metal
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27.09.2013 - 06:06
Lião
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Really dig the intro to "The Exorcist".
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11.07.2016 - 05:11
Kvothe

Probably the originators of death metal with this masterpiece
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Here, waiting very quiet right front The Doors of Stone
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01.08.2018 - 00:31
Rating: 9
DeathMetal

Really cool to hear where Death Metal started. This is a great album. Fast and furious.
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16.08.2018 - 22:28
Rating: 10
Dum-Grishnahk

Real creators of fucking death metal.
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04.01.2019 - 14:35
Rating: 8
Maasai Mara

An absolute thrash essential.Reject any thrash best of all time list without this in the top 10. Where the death metal tag comes from ask the experts, maybe the vocals inspired death metal but this is as thrash as thrash can be.
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You are not metal enough until you visit Kenya. The cradle of mankind, where man learnt first to work with stones and first enjoyed the sounds produced by banging stones which later influenced metal in all its sounds and genres.
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23.07.2020 - 18:44
Rating: 10
Mandarin48

Such a masterpiece record but certainly sounds like thrash more than death metal
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24.07.2020 - 02:07
ickoriss

Great release and definitely planted some seeds, but still more thrash than death to me.
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24.07.2020 - 03:10
Rating: 10
Metal Rambo

Funny to think that Larry LaLonde of Primus started his career here. The guy also co-wrote and performed the original theme song of South Park.
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You've got a lot of guts. Let's see what they look like!
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03.07.2021 - 18:24
Rating: 9
BennyMetGer

What a classic one.
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26.12.2021 - 14:23
Rating: 8
F3ynman2000
Nocturnal Bro
The Dawn of Death Metal! A great transitional album in the evolution of metal with the lyrical themes and evil riffs of Slayer's Hell Awaits (1985) as well as the menacing vocals and intricate solos that would later inspire Death's Scream Bloody Gore.

There are a lot of great moments in this release: the mesmerizing riffs of "The Exorcist" (the intro reminds me of the beginning of The Ultra-Violence title track by Death Angel), the breakdown in "Burning Hell", the guitar solos in "Evil Warriors" and "Seven Churches", the catchy, galloping riffs in "Holy Hell", the epic instrumental section of "Twisted Minds", and finally the haunting bells of "Fallen Angel"

"Pentagram" and "Satan's Curse" are weaker songs here. "Death Metal" isn't that strong either, although it gets credit for having fantastic evil lyrics and for creating the name of one of the greatest subgenres of metal!
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06.02.2022 - 19:29
Rating: 5
doez
Hallucigenia
When the drummer is Sus ඞ
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An album rated 6 is an album I enjoyed
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06.02.2022 - 19:37
JoHn DoE

Written by doez on 06.02.2022 at 19:29

When the drummer is Sus ඞ


what does "Sus ඞ" mean?
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I thought the two primary purposes for the internet were cat memes and overreactions.
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06.02.2022 - 20:25
Rating: 8
F3ynman2000
Nocturnal Bro
Written by JoHn DoE on 06.02.2022 at 19:37

Written by doez on 06.02.2022 at 19:29

When the drummer is Sus ඞ

what does "Sus ඞ" mean?

It means suspicious. And the emoji is supposed to signify a character from the video game Among Us, I guess
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06.02.2022 - 21:21
Rating: 5
doez
Hallucigenia
Written by F3ynman2000 on 06.02.2022 at 20:25

Written by JoHn DoE on 06.02.2022 at 19:37

what does "Sus ඞ" mean?

It means suspicious. And the emoji is supposed to signify a character from the video game Among Us, I guess

Yeah the joke is that the drummer on this album is literally named Mike Sus but if you don't know among us you can't really get it
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An album rated 6 is an album I enjoyed
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10.02.2022 - 01:22
Rating: 9
MahoDM
Dumbass
Written by doez on 06.02.2022 at 19:29

When the drummer is Sus ඞ

tho I dont agree with your rating I laughed my ass off this
my humor is broken I guess
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