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Possessed

Formed: 1983
From: San Francisco, CA, United States
Last Known Status: Regrouped

Latest Possessed News

Below is our complete Possessed news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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Possessed Posts New Music Video Online

For the first time in three decades, Possessed have released a new album entitled Revelations Of Oblivion. Today the band premiere the official music video for new song 'Graven'. The video was directed by Scott Hansen of Digital Thunderdome (Willie Nelson, Deicide, Carnifex, Prong) and stars renowned Swedish actor, Peter Stormare (Fargo, Prison Break, The Big Lebowski). Watch the video below.

Jeff Becerra comments, "We are extremely excited to release our new music video for the song 'Graven'. This is actually our very first cinematic music video. I want to say thank you to my good friend Peter Stormare for everything and for being such an amazing inspiration. Of course, thank you to my band mates. And to Nuclear Blast." More...

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Cadaver Premiere New Song & Music Video

Norwegian death metal veterans of Cadaver premiere their first new song and music video in 15 years called "Circle of Morbidity", taken from their upcoming new album "Edder & Bile", which will be out in stores later this year. Mainman Anders Odden is joined by drummer Dirk Verbeuren (Megadeth, ex-Soilwork, etc.). The new single features a guest appearance from Possessed vocalist Jeff Becerra.

Check out now "Circle of Morbidity" below.

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Possessed Premiere New Song & Live Video

Possessed premiere their second single called “Shadowcult” from their impending new album “Revelations Of Oblivion“ in the form of a live video shot during the band’s 2017 appearance at the ‘Bloodstock Open Air‘ festival in the UK. “Revelations Of Oblivion“ will land in stores on May 10th and will be the Possessed's first new release in over three decades.

The full live set will be featured in a limited edition box set edition of the outing on both CD and Blu-ray.

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Possessed Posts First Documentary Episode Online

The first name in death metal, Possessed, recently revealed the title of their first album in over three decades, "Revelations Of Oblivion." The album will be released on May 10th via Nuclear Blast Records.

Today, the band releases the first trailer for "Revelations Of Oblivion." Watch below as they discuss the creation of death metal.

The band comments, "Right from the get go, we wanted to create the heaviest music that we possibly could - in the world - something that represented what we wanted to hear rather than what was being sold as metal back then."

Possessed has also today announced their return to UK shores for this summer. The godfathers of death metal will play a one off show at London's Underworld on the 6th June in support of their first album in 33 years "Revelations Of Oblivion."

Harbinger of blasphemy Jeff Becerra comments "We are very much looking forward to coming back to London once again. UK shows are always something that me and my guys are excited about and to be out here touring the new album, "Revelations Of Oblivion" along with our original album material is going to be better than ever. Hoping to see all of you at our London show, up in the front row and ready to destroy! In Fire & Hell, Jeff Becerra" More...

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Possessed Posts New Visualizer Video

Possessed, arguably the world's first death metal band, has posted a new visualizer video online for the song, "No More Room In Hell." You can check it out below. The song comes from the band's forthcoming new album, "Revelations Of Oblivion," which will be released on May 10th through Nuclear Blast Records and is their first release since the 1987 EP, "The Eyes Of Horror" and their first full length since their 1986 sophomore album, "Beyond The Gates."

Tracklisting:

1. Chant Of Oblivion
2. No More Room In Hell
3. Dominion
4. Damned
5. Demon
6. Abandoned
7. Shadowcult
8. Omen
9. Ritual
10. The Word
11. Graven
12. Temple Of Samael

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Possessed Reveals New Album Release Date

Death metal pioneers Possessed has revealed that the title of their long awaited new album will be, "Revelations Of Oblivion." Furthermore, the group has also released the artwork for the album, which can be seen below, as well as confirming that the record will be released through Nuclear Blast Records on May 10th. The album has long been anticipated by fans and will be their first full length album since their sophomore, "Beyond The Gates" in 1986, which was follows by the Joe Satriani produced EP, "The Eyes Of Horror" in 1987 before disbanding that same year.

Tracklisting:

1. Chant Of Oblivion
2. No More Room In Hell
3. Dominion
4. Damned
5. Demon
6. Abandoned
7. Shadowcult
8. Omen
9. Ritual
10. The Word
11. Graven
12. Temple Of Samael More...

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Possessed Premiere New Track "Abandoned"

Death metal godfathers Possessed premiere a new song titled "Abandoned" which is their second new recording in 25 years.

Check out now "Abandoned" below.

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Create A Kill Pre-Release Full-Album Streaming

Create A Kill - founded by two ex-Malevolent Creation drummers, Gus Rios (now on guitar) and Alex Marquez (now on vocals), with Daniel Gonzalez (Possessed) on second guitar - premiere the pre-release full-album stream of the band's upcoming album "Summoned To Rise", which will be out in stores July 13th via Bandcamp.

Check out now "Summoned To Rise" in its entirety below.

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Possessed & Belphegor Kicking Off European Tour

The godfathers of the death metal genre Possessed and Austrian blackened death metal veterans Belphegor will be kicking off their European tour next week, supported by America's finest black metal export Absu. Co-Headliners Belphegor and Possessed will be rotating each night playing 1 hour sets, do not miss this tour of legends!

Check out all dates of the “Evil Over Europe”-Tour below:

Possessed (Rotating Headliner)
Belphegor (Rotating Headliner)
Absu
From Hell
Cold Raven (02.12-10.12)
Sariola (11.12-20.12) More...

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First Bands Announced For Bloodstock 2017

Bloodstock is thrilled to announce a bumper batch of Ronnie James Dio main stage bands for 2017, including the Friday night headliner, Amon Amarth.

Chief berzerker Johan Hegg declares: "What's up UK! On August 11th 2017, we are invading Bloodstock! It's going to be a fucking awesome party, with immense bloodshed and you better be there!"

Landing the special guest slot on Friday are power metal kingpins Blind Guardian, Bay Area thrash beasts, Testament, and hardcore kings Hatebreed. Also hitting the Ronnie James Dio main stage over the weekend are Tennessee deathcore beasts, Whitechapel, seminal death metallers Possessed, and flying the flag for English heavy metal, Bloodstock favorites, Hell. More...

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Bloodstock Announces First Wave Of Bands For 2017

Promoters for Bloodstock announced the a bumper crop of acts to play on the Ronnie James Dio main stage for the 2017 edition of the annual festival, including the Friday night headliner! Bloodstock will be held at Catton Park, Derbyshire on August 10-13, 2017.

Prepare your drinking horns!! Swedish overlords, Amon Amarth will be sailing the Viking longboat on to the Catton Park shore as Friday night’s headline band! Chief berzerker Johan Hegg declares, "What's up UK! On August 11th 2017, we are invading Bloodstock! It's going to be a fucking awesome party, with immense bloodshed and you better be there!"

Landing the special guest slot on Friday are power metal kingpins, Blind Guardian. The set will be a UK exclusive for 2017.

By Area thrash beasts, Testament are set for a Friday slot. The band just issued the crushing nww album, "Brotherhood Of The Snake" a week ago via Nuclear Blast.

Hardcore kings, Hatebreed make a welcome return to Catton Park on Saturday, August 12th.

Also landing a spot on the Ronnie James Dio main stage over the weekend are Tennessee deathcore beasts, Whitechapel, seminal death metallers, Possessed and flying the flag for English heavy metal, Bloodstock favorites....Hell. More...

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Cold Raven Joining Possessed / Belphegor Tour

Cold Raven will be embarking on "The Evil Over Europe" double-headliner tour featuring Possessed and Belphegor, with additional support from Absu.

Dates for the trek are available below. Cold Raven is also currently writing new material for a next album, so stay tuned for more details in the near future.

02.12 - Paris (Fra) “Glazart” (no Absu)
03.12 - Brescia (ITA) “Circolo Colony”
04.12 - Zurich (SUI) “Dynamo”
05.12 - OFF
06.12 - Kosice (SVK) “Collosseum”
07.12 - Ljubljana (SLO) “Kino Siska”
08.12 - Ostrava (CZE) “Barrack Club”
09.12 - Wroclaw (POL) “Alibi”
10.12 - Berlin (GER) “Nuke Club” More...

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Possessed, Belphegor & Absu Touring Europe

The godfathers of the death metal genre Possessed and Austrian blackened death metal veterans Belphegor will be touring Europe coming December, supported by America's finest black metal export Absu. Co-Headliners Belphegor and Possessed will be rotating each night playing 1 hour sets, do not miss this tour of legends!

Check out all dates of the “Evil Over Europe”-Tour below:

Possessed (Rotating Headliner)
Belphegor (Rotating Headliner)
Absu
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OpEd

1985-1995: The Golden Age of Death Metal

Death should be credited with creating death metal, at least the old school style we recognize now, as they birthed the infamous Tampa, Florida sound. Bands such as Autopsy and Obituary—two of the forerunners—would not exist without Death. Death is not the true father of death metal, though. That distinction goes to Possessed. The California Bay Area group not only played a style of brutal, vicious metal, with loads of Satanic imagery, they also coined the term “death metal” on the “Seven Churches” album.

Around 1985, albums similar to “Slowly We Rot” (Obituary) and “Mental Funeral” (Autopsy) simply did not exist. Thrash was the fasted, craziest music around. Of course Possessed has already been mentioned, but the influence of Slayer, who obviously influenced Possessed, can not be under recognized. Where Possessed was different was they used a rougher production. Dark Angel, whose drummer, Gene Hoglan, would go on to be one of the most heralded drummers in the metal biz, certainly showed a good dose of Slayer in their sound. In the beginning, Slayer was nothing more than a faster, nefarious, more solo-oriented Venom protégé. More...

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Cripple Bastards To Play Obscene Extreme Fest

Italy's Cripple Bastards has been confirmed for the upcoming Obscene Extreme Festival. The following press release was also issued about the appearance:

"You could say this is a 'grindcore hat-trick' as it is the third OEF appearance in 2014 for Italian hate mob Cripple Bastards after headlining the insane Obscene Extreme Asia in Tokyo and Obscene Extreme Australia in Melbourne earlier this year. But if you really want to see the Bastards play at home, then Obscene Extreme Trutnov is the grounds for the final massacre. They have been blasting the shit on stage since the festival's birth back in 1999 and raised the most infernal stage diving pits for countless times through the years that followed.

"26 years after their conception Cripple Bastards still hold the banner high as Italy's most hostile and aggressive grind/hardcore unit around. With one foot firmly in the past and all the vicious savagery of manic fast 80's hardcore extremity, Cripple Bastards are also charging forwards. With bloodshot eyes and a rabid 'get out and bite them' attitude, this band are ready to introduce their brand new 2014 full length 'Nero In Metastasi' on Relapse Records and they will consolidate their ongoing mission of bringing nihilistic, fuck-you-all, grinding hatred to every corner of an underserving mankind. Cripple Bastards will also be introducing for the first time ever on Trutnov's Battlefield their 5 piece line-up with new axeman Wild Vitto on second guitar which will only enhance their wall of hate/grind fury!"

The Obscene Extreme Festival 2014 will take place from July 16th - 20th, 2014, with full details available right here. The confirmed lineup includes the following bands: More...

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Brutal Truth To Play Obscene Extreme Fest

The Obscene Extreme festival will be taking place from July 16th - 20th, with ticket information available at this location. Now the festival has announced several new additions to the lineup, including Brutal Truth and Morgoth. The festival organizers comment:

"Few bands represent Obscene Extreme as fully as US grind legends Brutal Truth – they've weathered break-ups and line-up changes, but never once have they halted in their mission to keep pushing the bleeding edge of grindcore.

"Never complacent, each steamroller of Brutal Truth album has furthered their sound and moved the goalposts for the whole damn genre in the process. Now bassist, founding member and extreme metal champion Dan Lilker approaches his 50th birthday, he's stepping back from music and his baby - Brutal Truth - will be no more.

"When the band returned in 2006, it was Obscene Extreme the following year that welcomed them back as very personification of the festival. Now, seven years later we'll bid them farewell with one final performance. Obscene Extreme 2014 – this promises to be unforgettable!!!

"Another band that will be stepping out onto the Obscene Extreme stage this year will be fathers of the German death metal scene, the mighty Morgoth. Originally split in 1998 after only three albums - the coffin-lid hammering of 1991's ‘Cursed,’ 1993's forward-thinking ‘Odium’ and their most divisive albums ever, 1995's post-punk ‘Feel Sorry For The Fanatic.’ More...

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Possessed Parts Ways With Guitarist

American death metal pioneers Possessed has announced that they have parted company with their guitarist, Kelly McLauchlin. A statement from the guitarist reads as follows:

"Hey everyone. Due to my busy work/travel schedule with my audio-visual career, I will not be touring with Possessed on their upcoming South American tour. The band has found a replacement guitarist to do the tour, and although we are leaving the door open to fill in whenever possible, most likely this will be the end of my time with Possessed. I simply cannot commit to the band’s increasing tour schedule.

"As anyone can imagine, this has been a very difficult decision to make. In the past, I would have simply quit my job for an opportunity to tour with a legendary band like Possessed – a band which I grew up listening to since I was 16 years old. But, things are different now – and I have responsibilities, and bills to pay. More...

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Final Bands Announced for Barge To Hell Cruise

The Barge To Hell is just days away from departure and final band announcements are being made. The cruise sets sail Monday, December 3rd, 2012 from Miami, FL to Nassau, Bahamas and returns on Friday, December 7th, 2012.

Just announced are Novembers Doom, Vital Remains, Brujeria and underground acts Abiotic, Zanthropya Ex, and Dark Sermon. The organizers also report that both the German and Canadian incarnations of Necronomicon will be in attendance.

With the announcement comes some bad news that Six Feet Under has had to cancel their appearance due to a scheduling conflict with their studio and needing to have their new album delivered in time.

You can still book a trip on the Barge To Hell.

The lineup is as follows: More...

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Grave, Bonded By Blood Confirmed For Barge To Hell

Departing in less than a month, two more bands have been announced for the Barge to Hell: Grave and Bonded By Blood. The Barge to Hell sets sail Monday, December 3rd, 2012 from Miami, FL to Nassau, Bahamas and returns on Friday, December 7th, 2012.

The currently announced lineup is as follows: More...

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Lock Up, Nachtmystium Confirmed For Barge To Hell

With a month before boarding the Barge to Hell left, the organizers have announced two more bands: metal supergroup Lock Up, featuring Nicholas Barker on drums (ex-Cradle of Filth, Dimmu Borgir), Shane Embury on bass (Napalm Death), Anton Reisenegger on guitar (Criminal), and Tomas Lindberg on vocals (At The Gates, Disfear) and Nachtmystium.

Also announced was the cancellation of BELPHEGOR. Stated the organizers: "We tried our best to work something out, but regrettably must confirm that they won't be part of BARGE TO HELL. We will make sure that we have a suitable replacement."

The Barge to Hell sets sail Monday, December 3rd, 2012 from Miami, FL to Nassau, Bahamas and returns on Friday, December 7th, 2012.

The lineup is shaping up as follows, with a dozen more bands yet to be announced: More...

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