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The 10 Greatest Old-School Death Metal Debuts!

Definitive death metal debuts dissected.....

Possessed – Seven Churches (1985)

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Strictly speaking, Seven Churches pre-dates death metal and subsequently takes the majority of its influences from established genres of the era, notably speed and thrash metal, but without it death metal may never have taken form and must be considered a definitive release in the history of death metal.

Released 2 years prior to Death’s Scream Bloody Gore debut, Possessed took a cut and paste approach to their music by incorporating the viciousness of Venom, the speed of Motörhead and the thrashing, atonal guitars of early Exodus and Slayer, eventually stumbling upon an innovative and primitive sound which allied thrash and death like no one else before them.

“The Exorcist”, “Burning In Hell” and “Seven Churches” are held together by Jeff Beccara’s unholy roar, simultaneously aping Lemmy from Motörhead yet producing a guttural tone that would go on to be the bread and butter of death metal.

Possessed take the honour of inventing death metal on their debut album, this is constantly up for debate but we’re standing by it; no Seven Churches, no death metal.

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1 Comment on The 10 Greatest Old-School Death Metal Debuts!

  1. Maelstrrom // June 26, 2018 at 11:09 pm // Reply

    Great list, besides the honorable mentions I would add Nespithe, The Red in the Sky is Ours, To the Depths In Degradation, and Ritual of Infinity. I would probably replace Ten Commandments with Onward to Golgotha

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