I literally jumped off my seat when I saw my YouTube notification pop up. Try pinching yourself, cause hell yes, this ain’t no dream. It is damn real. POSSESSED, arguably the first death metal band, although there’s always this ceaseless debate whether Chuck Schuldiner’s DEATH should be crowned with that title, but for me POSSESSED has been the pioneers of this extremely raw and rugged genre. After releasing their debut on 1985, ‘Seven Churches’ and then following it up with a quick sophomore ‘Beyond the Gates’ the following year, POSSESSED have been dormant for almost an eternity, well that’s how long you feel when you’re their fan. But thou shalt not wait any longer.
POSSESSED are going to be back with a new album the next year, i.e. in 2018, via Nuclear Blast Records. Nuclear Blast released a teaser video which can be found below with a snippet of the demo of a song off their new material. Time to roll up your sleeves for some bay area brutality. Following is the press statement from the record label,
“POSSESSED – death metal originators sign to Nuclear Blast!
Nuclear Blast is proud to finally announce the worldwide signing and return of POSSESSED! Few bands have done more to push the boundaries of extreme metal than the legendary POSSESSED. Even fewer can create a unique style, which continues to set them apart from all others by being the very first in a genre they laid the foundation for. POSSESSED are by definition, the creators of death metal. Ever since they stormed onto the San Francisco metal scene in the early 1980’s, POSSESSED has been redefining and breaking the rules for metal. Nuclear Blast is very excited to be a part of that continued legacy.
Comments vocalist and founding member Jeff Becerra:
“POSSESSED are pleased and honored to announce our joining the Nuclear Blast family. Currently, we are hard at work writing new material for our upcoming first full-length release on Nuclear Blast. I want to give special thanks to everybody at Nuclear Blast, and to all of our supporters. This has been a long time coming and this is a very exciting time for us.” “
POSSESSED consists of –
Jeff Becerra – Vocals
Daniel Gonzalez – Guitars
Emilio Marquez – Drums
Robert Cardenas – Bass
Claudeous Creamer – Guitar