Pos­sessed

Seven Churches

Metal Hammer (UK) - - The 1980s -

(1985)

By to­bias Forge, ghost

“Most good mu­sic in metal, es­pe­cially in ex­treme metal, is made by very young, youth­ful in­di­vid­u­als. There is some­thing very dif­fer­ent to the fire and ex­cite­ment of a young mind that you don’t of­ten get by peo­ple that have ma­tured and, dare I say it, mel­lowed.

“Seven Churches is the per­fect en­cap­su­la­tion of youth­ful anger. The pro­duc­tion may sound a lit­tle un­re­fined to an au­di­ence of to­day, but that is how I like my metal to sound. When the pro­duc­tion of death metal be­gan to change in the mid-90s, that’s when I started to go, ‘Yuk!’ I hated it, and it’s why I find my­self re­turn­ing to al­bums like this.

“It’s hard to say what the in­flu­ence of this record is, be­cause I lis­ten to very lit­tle in the way of mod­ern death metal, so not only do I not hear the in­flu­ence in the few things that I do know of, I don’t have enough con­text to say that, yes, this is a record of great sig­nif­i­cance in metal’s his­tory. All I can say is that it still sounds feral and true and sav­age and full of life to this very day. And, if I’m go­ing to in­dulge in some­thing truly ex­treme, this would be one of my first ports of call!” The cult de­but al­bum that in­vented death metal

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