Beyond the Gates

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This article is about the Possessed album. For the 1949 Franco-Italian film, see The Walls of Malapaga. For the 2005 film about the Rwandan Genocide, see Shooting Dogs. For the 1883 novel by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward, see The Gates Ajar.
Beyond the Gates
Studio album by Possessed
Released October 31, 1986
Recorded March 1986
Genre Death metal, thrash metal
Length 34:46
Label Relativity
Producer Carl Canedy
Possessed chronology
Seven Churches
Beyond the Gates
The Eyes of Horror
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]
Kerrang! 3/5 stars [2]

Beyond the Gates is the second and final album by death metal band Possessed. It took a different direction from their debut, Seven Churches. Compared to Seven Churches, Beyond the Gates has a more technical feeling and, due to poor production, a muddy sound. Reception was mixed, with some very disappointed by the album for the sound and production, while others were happy with the new direction of the band. Beyond the Gates became a sign of Possessed's decline, as they only released the EP The Eyes of Horror before they officially disbanded.

The vinyl release of the album featured an enhanced gatefold-style format: the "gates" of the front cover opened outward, exposing several flaps that opened further to reveal a large illustration of a line of demonic creatures approaching over a desert landscape. Lyrics were included on the inner sleeve.

In a recent Guitar World magazine, Possessed lead singer Jeff Becerra said Beyond the Gates was meant to be more of a commercial record, as their previous album had been banned from all major record stores, because of the upside down cross on the cover.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

  • All music written by Mike Torrao, except tracks 3, 5 & 9 (Larry LaLonde) & track 1 (Carl Canedy). All lyrics written by Jeff Becerra, except track 1 & 11 (Instrumentals)

Published By Take Out Music.

No. Title Length
1. "Intro"   1:23
2. "The Heretic"   2:40
3. "Tribulation"   4:48
4. "March to Die"   3:12
5. "Phantasm"   4:23
6. "No Will to Live"   6:47
7. "Beyond the Gates"   2:55
8. "The Beasts of the Apocalypse"   3:13
9. "Seance"   3:03
10. "Restless Dead"   2:59
11. "Dog Fight"   1:23
Total length:




  1. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Possessed Beyond the Gates review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-09-13. 
  2. ^ Miller, Paul (30 October 1986). "One Step Beyond...". Kerrang! 132. London, UK: United Magazines ltd. p. 23.