STOP, YOU’RE TEARING THIS FAMILY APART
1985. Seven Churches
is the debut album by band Possessed. The title of the album refers to the Seven Churches of Asia mentioned in the Book of Revelation. “The Exorcist” begins with producer Randy Burns’ version of Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells, arranged and performed as it was in the 1973 horror film of the same name.
the album was recorded during the Spring Break of 1985 when Pinole Valley High School juniors Becerra and LaLonde had ample time for studio production. Up until the release of the album, the band had practiced at manager Debbie Abono’s house in Pinole, but had formed in the El Sobrante/San Pablo area, which was the location of Torrao’s and Sus’ garage band.
In November of the same year, the band flew to Montreal, Canada for the WWIII Weekend Festival in support of the Seven Churches release, playing alongside Celtic Frost, Destruction, Voivod and Nasty Savage; the concert was Possessed’s first and largest arena appearance, with nearly 7,000 in attendance.
Seven Churches has been interchangeably described as “connecting the dots between thrash metal and death metal”, being “monumental” in developing the death metal style, and as being the “first death metal album”.
I love ‘Scream Bloody Gore’ by ‘Death’ over this album BUT that doesn’t mean this album isn’t great. It’s a classic and like most people who have heard it, it is highly recommended. Especially since it is not only an innovator, but it HELPED Death metal come into play (it did NOT create it like many say, because this is just Thrash Metal played to a more extreme demeanor.)
Jeff Becerra Mike Torrao Larry LaLonde Mike Sus
Pentagram 02 All Your Sins
The time has come you must repent
For all your sins you have spent
The rule to beckon now is here
The spark that loads your soul with fear yeah
Your life in chaos no control
The hand beneath it voids your goals
The kindling fire is now prepared
To meet the one who have dared
You can never win
Pay for all your sins
You can never win
Pay for all your sins like this
You’re gunna burn now!
Accelerated aging and organ damage with chronic alcohol abuse
The chemical we call “alcohol" is actually ethanol - one of many chemicals that are alcohols (which is any compound with a hydroxyl functional group).
It’s also one of the most ancient intoxicants; the fermentation of beer predates the domestication of horses (~6000 years ago vs. 5500 years ago), though the first recorded recipe (and definitive proof of intentional brewing) was not until 3900 BCE, in ancient Sumeria.
This illustration shows the accelerated aging, ulceration of the stomach, and cirrhosis of the liver in a man who has abused alcohol since he was a teenager. While the body has defenses against acute alcohol toxicity, such as vomiting the irritating alcohol from the stomach (as well as the negative mental associations we make with hangovers, of course), it does not have the same defenses against chronic excessive alcohol consumption. As one develops a tolerance for alcohol, and drinks more frequently, the brain becomes dependent upon it.
Alcohol is one of the few drugs that is absorbed directly through the stomach, for the most part. This can cause significant ulceration and scleroses (hardening) with chronic abuse. As the liver is where the alcohol and its by-products are processed, consistent abuse of the substance can cause significant organ damage.
Die Frau als Hausärztin. Dr. Anna Fitcher-Duckelmann, 1911.