Possessed (Venom album)

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Possessed
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Studio album by Venom
Released April 1985
Recorded Early 1985
Studio Moorhall in SussexEngland by the Manor Mobile
Genre
Length 42:57
Label Neat
Producer Venom and Keith Nichol
Venom chronology
At War with Satan
(1984)At War with Satan1984
Possessed
(1985)
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
(1986)Eine Kleine Nachtmusik1986
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal 5/10[2]
Metal Forces 8/10[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. Title Length
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. Title Length
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.