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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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Locusta Announces November Shows

Ohio progressive black/death metallers LOCUSTA, who expanded their fan base with a successful US summer tour alongside Tennessee black/doom Argentinum Astrum, will perform two local shows this November opening for the likes of Possessed, Marduk, Withered, and Toxic Holocaust (11/5/10) and D.R.I., Deadsea and Salvage (11/18). Further info below.

Upcoming LOCUSTA shows are as follows:

11/5/10 Alrosa Villa – Columbus, OH w/ Possessed, Marduk, Withered, Toxic Holocaust
11/18/10 Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH w/ D.R.I,, Deadsea, Salvage

Guitarist Dru Silver comments, "A big thanks to anyone that came out to see us on the west coast. Anyone who had a hand in putting the shows together, gave us food or shelter, or helped us in any way, your support was invaluable. A special thanks to those who took a chance on our band even though they may have been unfamiliar with us. We hope to see all of you again soon.”

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Withered Comments On "Blackest Of The Black" Tour

Atlanta's Withered has issued the following statement about appearing on the upcoming "Blackest of the Black" tour with Danzig, Possessed, Marduk, and Toxic Holocaust:

"Withered is bringing our brand of extreme music and expression to a new audience this fall. The Blackest Of The Black tour is an opportunity that we just couldn’t pass up. It is also a blessing for us after learning the unfortunate news about Behemoth & Nergal. This turn of events will allow us to offer a glimpse of unique perspective to a fresh crowd as we kick off our third album release. Whether these fans are ready for us or not, we are definitely ready for them and expect to expand their horizons as well as our own on this new path."

The currently announced dates are as follows:

10/25 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theatre
10/27 - Little Rock, AK - The Village
10/29 - San Antonio, TX - San Antonio Live
10/30 - Houston, TX - Warehouse
10/31 - Dallas, TX - Palladium
11/02 - Knoxville, TN - Valarium
11/03 - Louisville, KY - Expo Five
11/04 - Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom
11/05 - Columbus, OH - Alrosa Villa (no DANZIG)
11/06 - Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Music Theater
11/07 - Chicago, IL - Congress Theater
11/09 - Minneapolis, MN - The Cabooze
11/10 - Fargo, ND - The Venue
11/12 - Denver, CO - Gothic Theater
11/14 - Spokane, WA - Knitting Factory Concert House
11/15 - Seattle, WA - Showbox SODO
11/16 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theater

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Danzig To Headline 2010 Blackest Of The Black Tour

Iconic metal/punk singer-songwriter Danzig has been announced as the headliner of the 2010 "Blackest Of The Black" tour. The "Blackest Of The Black" tour will hit select markets across the United States with support coming from Marduk, Possessed, Toxic Holocaust and Withered.

Here are the confirmed "Blackest Of The Black 2010" tour dates:

Oct. 25 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theatre
Oct. 27 - Little Rock, AK - The Village
Oct. 29 - San Antonio, TX - San Antonio Live
Oct. 30 - Houston, TX - Warehouse
Oct. 31 - Dallas, TX - Palladium

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Robb Flynn Records Tribute To Debbie Abono

MACHINE HEAD frontman Robb Flynn has recorded audio and video of an acoustic cover of BLACK SABBATH's "Die Young" song from the classic "Heaven and Hell" album for free download in tribute to the late Debbie Abono, who sadly passed away on the same day as legendary heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio. In a statement made at the beginning of the video (which was recorded the day after Debbie's passing and which can be viewed at this location), Robb says, "I don't know why I recorded this song, it doesn't really have relevance to Debbie or Dio, but I was sad and depressed and it was the only thing that made sense in the world."

There are no plans to officially release Flynn's version of "Die Young," but an MP3 version of the track is available for free download at the MACHINE HEAD web site, www.machinehead1.com.

Debbie Abono, a well-respected and much-loved manager and promotional machine behind some of San Francisco Bay Area's strongest metal bands (POSSESSED, FORBIDDEN, EXODUS, VIO-LENCE, SKINLAB), passed away on May 16 at approximately 9:59 a.m. PST after a battle with cancer. She was 80 years old. More...

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Sigh Vocalist Appears In Heavy Metal Cookbook

Dr. Mikannibal of Japanese metallers Sigh is sharing her Habanero Gyudon recipe with the world in the new cookbook "Hellbent For Cooking: The Heavy Metal Cookbook." The book, which was put together by Annick "Morbid Chef" Giroux, is now available from Bazillion Points Books. "Hellbent For Cooking" features 101 entries from 32 countries and includes entries from bands such as Thin Lizzy, Anthrax, Destruction, Possessed, Obituary, Accept, Doro, Gwar, Toxic Holocaust, EyeHateGod, Saint Vitus, Amebix, Melechesh, Cauldron, Uriah Heep, and more. About 30% of the entries are vegetarian. More info on the cookbook can be found at this location.

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Video Interview With Possessed Available

Hellametal has posted a new video interview online with vocalist Jeff Becerra of California death metallers Possessed. The video, which can be viewed below, was shot on November 1st, 2009 at the DNA Lounge in San Francisco, California. More...

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Possessed Announces Tour Dates

Californian pioneers of death metal Possessed has announced some shows for next year.

The tour dates are as follows:

Apr. 19 - West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
Jun. 05 - San Marcos, CA @ Jumping Turtle
Jun. 06 - Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven

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Possessed Frontman Jeff Becerra Seriously Ill

Jeff Becerra, frontman of the legendary band Possessed, has been taken seriously ill while the band were on tour. Becerra has been in a wheelchair for over 18 years as a result from a street robbery where he was shot and subsequently paralyzed. Apparantly while the band was on tour, a pressure sore became infected which spread to his bones and he was left unable to move. He was rushed to a hospital in Helsinki, Finland where the band were touring at the time but was flown to Paris, France, only to be told that the French doctors did not want to deal with such a sick American and flew him to Los Angeles, California. Jeff is now recovering at his home after spending 20 days in the hospital on strong antibiotics.

If you would like to send any letters, cards etc. to help Jeff at this time, please send them to:

Jeff Becerra
c/o Dark Realm Records
8210 Firestone Blvd,
Downey, CA 90241

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Tyrant Scheduled For Hole In The Sky Festival

Swedish cult Metallers TYRANT are set to appear at the upcoming annual Hole In The Sky Festival happening from August 27th - 30th, 2008 in Bergen, Norway.

Here's the itinerary:

Wednesday 27/8 - Skinned Alive @ Garage
Dismember
Toxic Holocaust
Urgehal
OLD
Inquisition

Thursday 28/8 - Metal Command @ Garage
Exodus
3 Inches of Blood
Dead to This World
Tyrant
Lobotomized More...

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Possessed Announces Hollywood Show

Death metal legends Possessed have announced that they will be performing a show at Hollywood's House Of Blues Sunset Strip. Tickets are available at this location.

The band features original vocalist Jeff Becerra and is also comprised of members of Sadistic Intent.

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Possessed To Play Mexico In March

eactivated California death metal pioneers POSSESSED have scheduled two dates in Mexico in March:

March 14 - Monterrey, MEX @ Ibex Rock Bar
March 15 - Mexico City, MEX @ Circo Volador

As has been the case with all of POSSESSED's recent appearances, the group's lineup for the Mexican shows will consist of sole original member Jeff Becerra (vocals) backed by members of California's SADISTIC INTENT.

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Possessed Add Mokena Show

POSSESSED, featuring sole original member Jeff Becerra (vocals) backed by members of California's SADISTIC INTENT, has scheduled the following dates:

Feb. 29 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
Mar. 02 - West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
Apr. 11 - Mokena, IL @ The Pearl Room

Tickets for the Mokena show can be purchased through EnterTheVault.com exclusively until December 28, at which point they will become available via all usual ticketing outlets.

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Possessed Announce More US Tour Dates

San Francisco Bay Area death metal legends POSSESSED, featuring original vocalist Jeff Becerra alongside members of SADISTIC INTENT, have announced the following U.S. tour dates:

Nov. 24 - Springfield, VA - Jaxx
Nov. 25 - New York, NY - B.B. King Blues Club
Feb. 29 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
Mar. 02 - Hollywood, CA - House of Blues

Tickets for the Seattle and Hollywood shows are available exclusively through EnterTheVault.com until October 18 at which point they will be sold through normal ticketing outlets.

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Possessed Announce US Tour Dates

San Francisco Bay Area metal legends POSSESSED have scheduled the following U.S. dates in November:

Nov. 24 - West Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
Nov. 25 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club & Grill

The Internet pre-sale started today (July 23) exclusively through EnterTheVault.com and will run until August 17 at which point tickets will be available through all normal ticketing services.

POSSESSED's lineup for the above-listed dates is expected to consist of sole original member Jeff Becerra (vocals) backed by members of California's SADISTIC INTENT.

Some time after POSSESSED's last release in 1989, Jeff Becerra was left paralyzed from the waist down in a shooting incident. In a 2002 interview with Battle Helm, Becerra was asked about the many different reports that had circulated about what happened to him — ranging from punishment from God to a carjacking. "That's all bullshit," he replied. "Firstly I don't believe in God. What happened is that a couple of crackheads robbed me when I was coming home from work and they shot me with a 9mm in the chest and a 21 in the hand. In some ways it was kinda stupid because I could've given them the money but it was the way they asked me and I told 'em to get fucked. They were caught that night and at their trial one of them said that the only reason they didn't finish me off was because they ran outta bullets. They went to prison but one of them somehow got released later and he managed to kill five more people..."

A limited-edition POSSESSED seven-inch single on multi-colored vinyl was released last year on Boneless Records in association with B.A.D.M./N.Y.D.M. Entitled "Ashes from Hell", the first 100 copies of the single came with a collector's pick.

Formed in the early '80s, POSSESSED released "Seven Churches" via Combat Records in 1985. They would follow with "Beyond the Gates" and the five-song EP "The Eyes of Horror" before disbanding several years later. A "best-of" collection, "Victims of Death", was released in 1993.

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Exodus and Possessed Albums To Be Re-Released

Monumentum Records, the extreme metal imprint of European hardcore label Reflections Records, will be re-releasing two seminal records, Possessed 'Seven Churches' and Exodus 'Bonded By Blood'. Both limited to 500 copies, they'll be out later on in the year on luxurious gatefold vinyl.

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Possessed European Tour Is Not Confirmed

Long-running California-based extreme metallers SADISTIC INTENT have commented on the reports that they will be touring Europe in July/August with a revamped version of San Francisco Bay Area metal legends POSSESSED - consisting of original frontman Jeff Becerra backed by members of SADISTIC INTENT. The following statement from SADISTIC INTENT was sent to blabbermouth.net:

"Apparently some one decided to make a flyer of the possible tour with POSSESSED (featuring original frontman Jeff Becerra backed by SADISTIC INTENT), SADISTIC INTENT, MORTEM, and PENTACLE. Although the tour is currently in a preliminary phase, we have not confirmed. After the word got out, we have received much e-mail from people in different countries with very positive feedback and we are grateful. However, we are not responsible for the premature tour announcement and if things don't go as planned, it is possible we will not be able to do this tour. As soon as we find out more information, we will make an official announcement. Nevertheless, thanks to all of you who have shown your support, it certainly is appreciated."

A limited-edition POSSESSED seven-inch single on multi-colored vinyl was released last year on Boneless Records in association with B.A.D.M./N.Y.D.M. Entitled "Ashes from Hell", the first 100 copies of the single came with a collector's pick.

Formed in the early '80s, POSSESSED released "Seven Churches" via Combat Records in 1985. They would follow with "Beyond the Gates" and the five-song EP "The Eyes of Horror" before disbanding several years later. A best of was released, "Victims of Death", in 1993.

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Possessed Frontman Guests On Kult Ov Azazel Album

Floridian black metallers KULT OV AZAZEL have issued the following update:

"Writing for the fourth release has begun. We have also summoned the immortal Jeff Becerra [ex-POSSESSED frontman] from the abyss to co-write and record guest vocals for a new track on the yet-untitled album. Also an exclusive track of POSSESSED's 'Holy Hell' will appear on this release with Jeff back at the helm on vocals. We're also pleased to announce that Crush Until Madness Records has retained the exclusive license to release 'The World, The Flesh & The Devil' on 12" vinyl with gatefold layout and poster."

KULT OV AZAZEL's third album, "The World, The Flesh & The Devil", was released in June 2005 via Arctic/Crash Music Inc. The CD was recorded and engineered by Shawn Ohtani, and was mastered by Erik Rutan at Mana Studios in Tampa, Florida.

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