Seven Churches

Possessed - Seven Churches
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1985 Ratings: #23
October 16, 1985 / Release Date
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Budget Slayer.

Possessed's Seven Churches is known as the first death metal album ever, but honestly, while I can definitely see the influence and it's undeniable that they gave the subgenre its name with their track Death Metal, I really just don't see why this album in particular is seen as a death metal classic. All Possessed did here was make a Slayer album with less impressive instrumentals and worse recording quality. I mean, I know that Slayer were also a major influence on the ... read more
By name dropping the genre in the album’s closing track, Possessed invented Death Metal just as Venom invented Black Metal. The only difference was Possessed actually were Death Metal, through and through.

Naturally, this album is a bit messy, and the production isn’t the best. There are quite a few mistakes from the musicians you can pretty easily pick up on, and many instances where Becerra can’t get the words out in time and just screams nonsense. They were amateurs. But ... read more
Really good, but doesn’t deserve the hype it gets. Although, I have to give credit where it’s due, this album, primarily Larry LaLonde, pretty much created death metal.

Favorite - Pentagram (2)

Highlights - Seven Churches (5) and Satan’s Curse (6)
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Added on: April 11, 2016