Death Metal pioneers POSSESSED are set to begin work on a new studio album next year
In a recent interview with Capital Chaos TV, POSSESSED frontman Jeff Becerra provided insights into the ongoing songwriting sessions for the band’s forthcoming album, slated to follow their 2019 release, “Revelations Of Oblivion.”
He said: “I’m in the process of writing the new album which should have came out already, but the pandemic held us up as it did everybody else. I’m just finishing up the lyrics now and then we should record in 2024.”
Discussing a potential release date for the new POSSESSED album, Jeff said: “I was speaking to Jaap Waagemaker from Nuclear Blast and we have decided to record in 2024. I’ve also been working with Kragen Lum from Nuclear Blast and the band HEATHEN. I plan to set the recording date as soon as possible. Of course, you never know what’s gonna happen so it’s best to strike while the iron is hot. So far, this new album is very different. I hope that people will enjoy it in a different way than each of the previous albums. Of course, I’m no stranger to doing anything differently.”
The history of POSSESSED is marked by a significant hiatus, as the band originally disbanded in 1987, leaving behind a brief yet profoundly influential legacy. Notably, their 1985 album “Seven Churches” remains a standout in their catalog. After internal tensions following the release of the 1987 EP “The Eyes Of Horror,” the band went their separate ways, with guitarist Larry Lalonde moving on to join Bay Area tech-thrashers BLIND ILLUSION and later PRIMUS. Meanwhile, Becerra, guitarist Mike Torrao, and drummer Mike Sus pursued different musical paths.
Two years post-POSSESSED‘s dissolution, Jeff Becerra faced a life-altering incident—an attempted armed robbery that left him partially paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair. This event contributed to a challenging period marked by struggles with drug and alcohol abuse.
In 1990, POSSESSED saw a revival initiated by Torrao, featuring an entirely new lineup. However, this incarnation of the band released only two demos before disbanding in 1993. In 2007, Jeff Becerra took the reins to reform POSSESSED with a new lineup, ultimately resulting in the release of the band’s first studio album in 33 years, the aforementioned “Revelations Of Oblivion.”
As the band progresses with the creation of their next musical offering, fans eagerly anticipate the continuation of POSSESSED‘s journey, guided by Jeff Becerra‘s resilience and dedication to the legacy of this iconic metal outfit.