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5.0 out of 5 stars The Start of Death Metal, 6 Sep 2006
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Craig McLaughlin (Preston, Lancashire) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Seven Churches (Audio CD)
Much has been said about Seven Churches. Released back in 1985, this would prove to be highly influential within the fledgling extreme metal underground. And for good reason. Seven Churches drips with a ferocity and power that sounds just as fresh today as it did back in the day (some call it the defining death/thrash release of the 80s -- but that title will always go to Slayer's Reign in Blood which is far superior in terms of musicianship and themes). High pitched growls, blasting drums, and shredding riffs define the whole experience. For years, Seven Churches was out of print and people went crazy trying to get their hands on a copy -- but it has returned. The pinnacle achievement in Possessed's short-lived career, no extreme metal collection is complete without it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars golly gosh,such ferocity, 19 April 2006
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sean paul mccann "mccanns23" (ireland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Seven Churches (Audio CD)
possessed released seven churches in 1985,now i know slayer and metallica were around then but this is something unique,it has to be the first death metal album,it is layered with speedy thrash and enough solos to send you into cartwheels if solos get you jumping,but the gutteral screams was a first to the scene,death metal voclas have gotten harsher since this of course but this is where it all began.

possessed threw down the blueprint for what was to come,i only heard this album recently,to my knowledge it was deleted for years,anyway i was amazed that this was recorded in 1985 when it sounds so relavant today,i imagine that even black metal was influenced by this band,certainly bathory have taken a thing or two from possessed,of that i have no doubt.

there are 10 songs here that drip of evil and fury,each instrument stands out,Jeff Becerras bass is very much audible throughout and the guitars and drums are,dare i say haunting,lyrically the band lean towards the occult and satan,the solos are very technical at times and all in all this is some album,a defining album,i never knew this band released something as seminal as this as few of todays metal bands mention them,but i know that possessed have released something very significant to our world of heavy metal baby!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Avatara's review of Possessed "The Seven Churches", 30 Sep 2010
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S. D. Brewster "Stephannie / avatara" (Selby North Yorkshire U.K.) - See all my reviews
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This is the Daddy of all Death Metal albums!!!!! When this album was released there was nothing else released that came anywhere close to it, in short this album set the standard that a handful have achieved but none have surpassed! 1985 was a very special year for extreme metal as Exodus "Bonded by Blood",Slayer "Hell Awaits", Celtic Frost "Emperor's Return" and "To Mega Therion", Kreator "Endless Pain", Deathrow "Rider's of Doom" to name a few must have Thrash/death metal albums were unleashed upon mankind!! None of these other records can match the power, Ferocity, speed and pure unabashed evil of "The Seven Churches". This album is an eviloutionary freak and nothing could prepare the metal world for this monolith of pure death metal. It is my humble opinion that there hasn't been an album since that can match this one on any level!!! In an ideal world if you were to look up Death metal in an encyclopaedia this is the album they would tell you to buy! The album starts off with the intro from the Exorcist movie (Mike Oldfields "The Sentinel")and it is blown away by what can only be described as unpresidented madness, speed, power and evil!! I heard this album when it first came out in 1985 on hifi headphones on full blast and it changed the way I saw music forever"! I was 13 years old at the time and it thrilled me immessureably, this is one of my top ten albums of all time! The lyrics are very dark and the atmosphere of the album is chilling to say the least. This is a must have for anyone seriously into death metal and it is not for the faint hearted, this album is absolutely killer and 100% death metal. Sadly not even Possessed could surpass this album as their follow up recordings seemed tame by comparrison, keep in mind that "Beyond the gates" and "The Eyes of Horror" are still streets ahead of their contemporaries. If you buy one death metal album in your life it should be this one!!!!Seven Churches [VINYL]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece, 1 Aug 2009
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D. Callaghan "The Isolated King" (Greater Manchester) - See all my reviews
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This album is truely a masterpiece, from the word go this album thunders with agression and energy and it would sounds just as fresh and amazing if it where released today. Its been a massivly influential album and was deleted for many years,I personally wouldnt hesitate in buying this album.
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