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The group was organized by two teenagers - Mike Torrano (guitar) and Mike Szasz (drums) . Initially, it was the usual garage band from San Francisco, suffers from frequent line-up changes. In late 1983, the team was left without a frontman since then the singer Barry Fisk finished suicide.In his place he was invited Jeff Becerra (vocals, bass) , and the group finally got a sign "Possessed".
The group was organized by two teenagers - Mike Torrano (guitar) and Mike Szasz (drums) . Initially, it was the usual garage band from San Francisco, suffers from frequent line-up changes. In late 1983, the team was left without frontmanSince then the singer Barry Fisk finished suicide. In his place he was invited Jeff Becerra (vocals, bass) , and the group finally got a sign "Possessed". Incidentally Becerra played before in the local band "Blizzard", Laban commercial metal. Jeff,two Mike and second guitarist Brian Montana began to develop his own style, which became the forerunner of the modern death metal - fast wild riffs, confused drums, instant solos and growling vocals borrowed subsequently Chuck Schuldiner (compare "Scream bloody gore" from "Death" and "Seven churches" from "Possessed")."Possessed" with his fellow thrashers "Exodus" took the metal scene by storm Frisco. In 1984 it was recorded the first demo with four tracks. The film fell into the hands of Brian Slegelu "Metal blade records", so much so he was impressed that he asked permission to include one song in the forthcoming compilation "Metal massacre 6 ". As a result, "Swing of the axe" was recognized as the best thing on this release and migrated on a disc "Best of metal massacre".
Nevertheless, "Metal blade" did not sign the "Possessed". Not to do so, and "Torrid records", where partying "Exodus". The children had no choice ,contacting a "Combat records" and in 1985 a contract was in their hands. By the time the group was expelled Brian Montana, to protest against the scenic image with inverted crosses. Loss compensated guitarist Larry Lalonde of other local bands. Make time in the school holidays, the children went into the studio ,which produced a heavy, fast, devilish album "Seven churches", approved the canons of death metal. Recorded with producer Randy Burns record became the best-selling release of "Combat records", that was not so bad for four students. Almost a year "Possessed" spent on the road, traveling to Europe and America.
Returning home,the band went back into the studio and recorded their second album, "Beyond the gates". Poor job producer Karl Kenedi has deprived the former energy of the composition, but that did not stop to see the composing talent Torrano and Becerra, particularly evident on the tracks "The heretic", "Beyond the gates" and "No will to live". Incidentally Lalonde also made its contribution ,becoming co-author of three songs. The album was warmly received by the public, especially in Europe, where the quartet has toured at the end of 1986.
In 1987, "Possessed" drove across the United States, and then recorded a mini-album, "The eyes of horror", which became a producer guitar guru Joe Satriani. The release turned out pretty high quality ,although it completely absent branded chip group - " Satanism ". Musicians away from death metal sound towards the trash. Perhaps this was the reason for the collapse of the team - shortly after the release of "The eyes of horror" announced his retirement Becerra, Lalonde and Sas. Lalonde moved first in the "Blind illusion", and then organized the "Primus".Becerra was less fortunate - he was shot by two drug addicts and the result was half paralyzed.
Tarrano retained the title of "Possessed" and tried to continue with other musicians, who often changed. So, in 1991, the group consisted of Bob Yost (bass) , Ryan Walter (drums) and Mark Strausberg (guitar) . This structure has recorded a demo of two songs, after which Jost succeeded Paul Perry. This configuration has issued yet another demo and played the opening act for "Machine head". .. and disappeared from the musical horizon. Those. faded sign "Possessed", but their " deadly " business continued to many other death -squad.