Possessed – Seven Churches (1985)

Another record that is vying for the place of first ever death metal record. Whether it wins or not, Seven Churches is a classic record, one deserving the attention of any metalhead, and not just for its historical status. On Seven Churches, Possessed end up mixing styles of proto-death metal with thrash and something that’s a bit more reminiscent of what Repulsion would do on Horrified. Take all this, and give it an almost blackened feel, and its easy to see how important this album to the development of extreme metal in many of its forms.