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Possessed

PossessedPossessed is an American death metal band, originally formed in 1983. Noted for their fast style of playing and Jeff Becerra’s guttural vocals, they are routinely called the first band in the death metal genre. After breaking up in 1987, and briefly reforming from 1990 to 1993, the band reformed under original bassist/vocalist Jeff Becerra in 2007, and has a new album in the works.

The band originated in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1983, when San Pablo and El Sobrante residents Mike Torrao (guitar) and Mike Sus (drums) started a garage band with vocalist Barry Fisk and bassist Jeff Andrews under the name Possessed...

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Best Bay Area Thrash Albums

Best Bay Area Thrash Albums

Best Bay Area Thrash AlbumsIn the early ‘80s, San Francisco’s Bay Area was the epicenter of the fastest, loudest, heaviest music in the world. Young, riff-hungry bands like Metallica, Exodus, Lääz Rockit, Possessed and Death Angel were pushing the genre’s boundaries, playing with more speed and dexterity than their metal contemporaries. They set the standard for American thrash. MetalRulz picks the scene’s 10 Best Bay Area Thrash Albums.


[10] Testament – The New Order (1988)

A lot of people would go with the debut, The Legacy, but they really came into their own with The New Order. It was less showboat, and to this day Disciples Of The Watch is one of the best songs they’ve written. This is where they found themselves...

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1986 : Best Year for Thrash Metal

Ten Albums of 1986 that put Thrash Metal on the Pinnacle

After Metallica’s Kill ‘Em All debut brought the frantic new genre to people’s attention in 1983, it felt like something was brewing, festering, growing in strength and potency. And then the whole thing exploded, ripping the faces of all and sundry. In 1986, you suddenly couldn’t move for amazing thrash records. You’d walk down the street and they’d leap at your head, hungry for brains. Take a look at the albums that made 1986 Best Year for Thrash Metal.

Most metal fans back then didn’t realise how spoilt they were, or how this 12-month period would mark a pinnacle in extreme music. Three decades on, though, many of the albums in this list have yet to be surpassed, even by the artists who recorded them...

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Venom

VenomVenom are an English extreme metal band that formed in 1979 in Newcastle upon Tyne. Coming to prominence towards the end of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Venom’s first two albums — Welcome to Hell (1981) and Black Metal (1982) — are considered a major influence on thrash metal and extreme metal in general. Venom’s second album proved influential enough that its title was used as the name of an extreme metal sub-genre : Black Metal.

Venom_Black MetalVenom’s original members came from three different bands : Guillotine, Oberon and Dwarf Star. Clive Archer, Eric Cooke, Tony Bray and Ian Kell formed a band called Venom while working at Reyrolles. Ian Kell was replaced in summer of 1978 and went on to play in folk band “Kropotkin Lied”...

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Death Metal

DEATH METAL (1985-present)

Death Metal is an extreme sub-genre of heavy metal music. It typically employs heavily distorted and low tuned guitars, played with techniques such as palm muting and tremolo picking, deep growling vocals and screams, aggressive, powerful drumming featuring double kick or blast beat techniques, minor keys or atonality, abrupt tempo, key, and time signature changes and chromatic chord progressions.

Death MetalBuilding from the musical structure of Thrash Metal and early Black Metal, Death Metal emerged during the mid-1980s. Bands such as Venom, Celtic Frost, Slayer, and Kreator, were important influences on the genre’s creation. Possessed and Death, along with bands such as Obituary, Autopsy and Morbid Angel, are often considered pioneers of the genre...

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