Posted on Leave a comment

Possessed (Bay Area Thrash / Death Metal Band) Classic Album – Seven Churches

POSSESSED 1985 - POSSESSED LINE-UP

Everything You Wanted To Know About The Band Possessed, but Were Afraid To Ask!

Possessed is a thrash/death metal band formed in 1983 in San Fransico. They are widely credited with inventing the term “Death Metal”. The band’s classic album is “Seven Churches” came out in 1985. Their subsequent albums, “Eyes Of Horror” and “Beyond The Gatesare also quite good.

Some Interesting Possessessed Facts:

Rather than regurgitating info on their Wikipedia page, here are some interesting facts you probably don’t know:

  • Metal Blade Records passed on Possessed (even they appeared on Metal Massacre). Combat Records would later sign the band.
  • Guitarist Larry Lalonde (who played on all three albums) went on to be the guitarist for Primus. Larry met Les Claypool in Blind Illusion, not long after Primus was formed.
  • Possessed is credited by many for coining the term death metal, which is a song on 7 Churches.
  • Jeff Becerra’s guttural vocal style is considered the first “death metal vocals” – which would later become a staple for bands like Obituary.
  • The “Eyes Of Horror” LP was produced by guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani.
  • Singer Jeff Becerra was shot in a robbery in 1989 and paralyzed for life.
  • Jeff Becerra still performs under the name “Possessed” as the sole original member. On stage, he sings in a wheelchair.
  • Larry Lalonde has been a staunch vegetarian since 1983.

Listen To The Full “7 Churches” Album Here On Youtube

RATHER THAT LISTING ON YOUTUBE – PICK UP A VINYL COPY

7 Churches Artwork and Logo

Seven Churches Tracklist

Tracklist

 The Exorcist – 4:50
Pentagram – 3:32
Burning In Hell – 3:07
Evil Warriors – 3:43
Seven Churches – 3:16
Satan’s Curse – 4:12
Holy Hell – 4:10
Twisted Minds – 5:10
Fallen Angel – 3:58
Death Metal – 3:12

Throwback 1985 (JEFF HANNEMAN & P) 

Possessed Line-Up

Jeff Becerra − vocals, bass
Larry LaLonde − guitar (also the guitarist for Primus)
Mike Torrao − guitar
Mike Sus − drums

RATHER THAT LISTING ON YOUTUBE – PICK UP A VINYL COPY

Posted on 3 Comments

Whiplash (Underrated Trash Metal Band From New York) – Classic Album “Power And Pain” 1986

whiplash thrash band from the 80s - old school

Everything You Wanted To Know About Whiplash But Were Afraid To Ask….

  • All 3 members of the classic line up were named “Tony”
  • Drummer Tony Scaglione was in Slayer briefly. If you blinked you might have missed it.
  • Peter Steele from Carnivore / Type O Negative did backing vocals on this album.
  • Singer / guitarist Tony Portaro can read music (not just tableture)

Whiplash: One of The Most Underrated Trash Bands Of All Time – Listen Here:

GET THIS RARE ORIGINAL 1986 VINYL ON EBAY WHILE YOU CAN

Power and Pain is the debut album from New Jersey thrash metal band, Whiplash. It was released in 1986 on Roadrunner Records and was followed up by 1987’s Ticket to Mayhem.

In 1998, Displeased Records rereleased Power and Pain, which included their second album, Ticket to Mayhem.

The album features members of New York City bands, Carnivore and Agnostic Front, on backing vocals.

All songs written by Tony Portaro. except where noted.

Title / Length

1. “Stage Dive” 3:09
2 .”Red Bomb” 5:18
3. “Last Man Al ive” 3:31
4. “Message in Blood”4:04
5. “War Monger” 3:18
6. “Power Thrashing Death” 4:13
7. “Stirring the Cauldron (lyrics and music by Tony Portaro, Tony Scaglione and Tony Bono)” 4:18
8. “Spit on Your Grave” 2:49
9. “Nailed to the Cross” 4:05

Total length: 34:45

Source: Wikipedia

Band Photos

Vinyl and Album Artwork

Best Track: “The Burning Of Atlanta”

Even though Power and Pain may be the album they are best known for the follow-up “Ticket To Mayhem” had my favorite track “The Burning Of Atlanta“.

Wan Learn To Play Burning Of Atlanta?

In case you were really impressed by “The Burning Of Atlanta” learn to play the song right from Tony Portaro on his youtube channel where he gives the occasional guitar lissen.

Band Line Up


Tony Portaro – vocals, guitar
Tony Bono – bass
Tony Scaglione – drums

Peter Steele and Louie Beateaux (Carnivore) – backing vocals
Vinnie Stigma and Rob Kabula (Agnostic Front) – backing vocals
Recorded at Systems II, Brooklyn, New York, USA
Produced by Norman Dunn (2)/ Engineered by Michael Marciano

Posted on 2 Comments

Agent Steel LP – Unstoppable Force 1986 Thrash / Speed Metal – Original Pressing

AGENT STEEL BAND IN THE 1980S

One of The Many Great Bands To Come Out On Combat That Remained Should Have Been Bigger

Unstoppable Force is the second album from the US speed metal band Agent Steel. It was recorded at Morrisound Recording Studios in Tampa, Florida from March – June 1986, and was digitally mastered in July 1986 at Criteria Studios in Miami, Florida. The album was released by Combat Records in March 1987. The 1999 reissue by Century Media Records contains the Mad Locust Rising EP, which some later reissues excludes the cover version of the Judas Priest song “The Ripper”. It was the last album before the band split up in 1988, only to reform in 1998 without John Cyriis and his consent, for the release of the 1999 album Omega Conspiracy.

Vinyl and Album Artwork

Band Line Up

Listen To The Full Album On Youtube

FROM OUR LIST OF METAL MANDS THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN BIGGER

Tracklisting

Side A


1.”Unstoppable Force”3:52
2.”Never Surrender”3:52
3.”Indestructive”3:30
4.”Chosen to Stay”4:46
5.”Still Searchin'”

Side B

6.”Rager”4:07
7.”The Day at Guyana” (Instrumental)6:38
8.”Nothin’ Left”4:23
9.”Traveler”3:49
Total length:39:10

Posted on Leave a comment

Metal Church “Self Titled”

METAL CHURCH FIRST ALBUM

THE FIRST AND ONLY METAL CHURCH ALBUM THE COUNTS FOR ME

Tracklisting

Side one

  1. “Beyond the Black”
  2. “Metal Church”
  3. “Merciless Onslaught” (instrumental)
  4. “Gods of Wrath”
    Side two
  5. “Hitman”
  6. “In the Blood”
  7. “(My Favorite) Nightmare”
  8. “Battalions”
  9. “Highway Star” (Deep Purple cover)
Posted on 1 Comment

Whiplash – “Power and Pain” (1986)

WHIPLASH THRASH BAND POWER AND PAIN

This Album Should Have Made Whiplash Huge and Remains A Classic To This Day

They say a picture is worth 1000 words – lets see if that is true!

The three Tonys from New Jersey