Possessed (Venom album)

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Possessed
VenomPossessed.jpg
Studio album by Venom
ReleasedApril 1985
RecordedEarly 1985
StudioMoorhall in SussexEngland by the Manor Mobile
Genre
Length42:57
LabelNeat
ProducerVenom and Keith Nichol
Venom chronology
At War with Satan
(1984)
Possessed
(1985)
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
(1986)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal5/10[2]
Metal Forces8/10[3]

Possessed is the fourth album by English heavy metal band Venom. It is the band's last studio album to feature guitarist Jeffrey Dunn before his first departure from the band in 1986. At the time of its release, it received mixed reviews, even from critics who had liked Venom's earlier albums; Possessed was thought to be in another league as compared to the band's earlier works, even though much of the material on Possessed was written before the release of its predecessor, At War with Satan. It was the first Venom album recorded outside of Impulse Studios. The song "Possessed" is ranked No. 14 on the Parents Music Resource Center's "Filthy Fifteen", a list of the 15 songs the group found to be most objectionable.

The boy on the cover is the son of the band's drummer, Abaddon. The girl is the niece of producer Keith Nichol.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Cronos and Mantas, except for where noted.

Side one
No.TitleLength
1."Powerdrive"3:14
2."Flytrap"3:50
3."Satanachist"2:43
4."Burn This Place (To the Ground)"2:42
5."Harmony Dies"2:42
6."Possessed"4:52
Side two
No.TitleLength
7."Hellchild"2:40
8."Moonshine"3:19
9."Wing and a Prayer"2:47
10."Suffer Not the Children"3:07
11."Voyeur"3:01
12."Mystique"4:58
13."Too Loud (For the Crowd)"3:02

Personnel[edit]

Venom
Production
  • Keith Nichol - producer, engineer
  • S. Nichols, Mark Ammasmifff - engineers

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Venom - Possessed review". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2012-10-04.
  2. ^ Popoff, Martin (1 November 2005). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 2: The Eighties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. p. 396. ISBN 978-1894959315.
  3. ^ Doe, Bernard (1985). "Venom - Possessed". Metal Forces (10). Retrieved 2012-10-04.