Beyond the Gates (Possessed album)

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Beyond the Gates
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 31, 1986
RecordedMarch 1986
GenreDeath metal, thrash metal
ProducerCarl Canedy
Possessed chronology
Seven Churches
Beyond the Gates
The Eyes of Horror
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic2.5/5 stars[1]
Kerrang!3/5 stars [2]

Beyond the Gates is the second 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. This became the band’s last full length album, up until the release of their third studio album ‘Revelations of Oblivion’, 33 years later.

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, nine-panel 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.

2."The Heretic"2:40
4."March to Die"3:12
6."No Will to Live"6:47
7."Beyond the Gates"2:55
8."The Beasts of the Apocalypse"3:13
10."Restless Dead"2:59
11."Dog Fight"1:23
Total length:36:46




  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.