Possessed is an American thrash/death metal band formed in 1983 in California’s Bay Area, a traditional stronghold of thrash metal bands (see: Slayer, Metallica, Exodus, Testament, etc.) and disbanded in the early 1990s in 1993. It was one of the forerunners of death metal bands, as were Death and Morbid Angel, both from the state of Florida.

Formed in the 1980s, more precisely in 1983 in the San Francisco Bay Area, California. It can be considered one of the pioneering bands of death metal, even the group has a song named “Death Metal” (on the album “Seven Churches”).

It started with Mike Torrao (guitar) and Mike Sus (drums) as a garage band. Also in 1983, singer Barry Fisk, for some reason, committed suicide. Then Jeff Becerra (bassist/vocalist) came along to form Possessed. Jeff came from a local metal band with more commercial appeal called Blizzard. From the same band would come guitarist Larry LaLonde and manager Debbie Abono. They recorded their first album (on vinyl) in 1985, under the name “Seven Churches”, considered a great death metal classic and one of the first, if not the first album of its kind. Guitarist Larry LaLonde left Possessed to join the band Primus, where he had relative success.

Jeff Becerra, Jalometalli 2008
Basically, the band used to cover lyrical themes such as satanism, antichrist, occultism, hell, among other subjects. Very similar to black metal bands. In 1993 the band broke up.

In 2004 the legendary short-lived death metal band got a well-deserved tribute (Sevens Gates of Horror: A Tribute to Possessed) by Dutch label Karmageddon Media, including the participation of Jeff Becerra, who had been the band’s leader, vocalist and bassist. The tribute had heavy names like Cannibal Corpse (“Confessions”), Vader (“Death Metal”), Amon Amarth (“The Eyes of Terror”), among others.