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Watch: POSSESSED’s JEFF BECERRA Joins MAX And IGOR CAVALERA On Stage To Perform ‘Death Metal’

POSSESSED frontman Jeff Becerra, who was shot in a theft in 1989, leaving him partially paralyzed and wheelchair-bound, joined Max and Igor “Iggor” Cavalera on stage final night time (Friday, June 17) on the Nice American Music Corridor in San Francisco, California to carry out the POSSESSED basic “Demise Steel”.

Previous to launching into the monitor, Max known as Jeff the “godfather of loss of life metallic” whereas Becerra mentioned that it was a “bucket-list” merchandise for his to share the stage with the Cavalera brothers and SEPULTURA founders.

POSSESSED initially cut up in 1987, abandoning a brief however extremely influential legacy, most notably their 1985 “Seven Church buildings” debut, extensively thought of to be the first-ever loss of life metallic album. Inside tensions after the discharge of 1987’s “The Eyes Of Horror” EP led to the band’s dissolution, with guitarist Larry Lalonde becoming a member of Bay Space tech-thrashers BLIND ILLUSION, then PRIMUS, whereas Becerra, guitarist Mike Torrao and drummer Mike Sus every going separate instructions.

Two years after POSSESSED‘s cut up, Becerra was the sufferer of a failed armed theft try, subsequently leaving him paralyzed from the chest down and sending him right into a spiral of drug and alcohol abuse. POSSESSED was reactivated by Torrao in 1990 with a totally completely different lineup, however solely launched two demos earlier than dissolving in 1993. Becerra then reformed POSSESSED in 2007 together with his personal lineup, which launched its first studio album in 33 years, “Revelations Of Oblivion”, in 2019.

In a 2019 interview with The Underground Steel Gamer, Becerra was requested concerning the restoration course of after being shot by two masked gunmen. “I have been in a wheelchair longer than I have been strolling,” he mentioned. “It is my regular. It wasn’t a lot of an accident — I acquired shot by two completely different weapons in a theft. I used to be doing concrete development. I labored one thing like 13 hours that day. I ended to get a pack of Camels [cigarettes] and I assume I flashed 100 [dollar bill] and on the way in which out, two guys in hoods, little ninja guys got here operating up with weapons: ‘Give me your whole fucking cash.’ I form of resisted; I ought to have simply given them the cash, however I used to be fucked, I used to be cornered. It isn’t the primary time I had a gun pointed at me and I knew they meant enterprise. We scuffled, there was no manner out of it and I ended up getting shot a few occasions. The primary man pushed a 9-millimeter to my chest [points to bullet hole]. It broke by way of the ribs and shattered the lungs and caught on within the backbone, so I nonetheless have a 9-millimeter slug caught on the vertebrate T3. I believe the second man was overlaying me from about 15 ft away, so there was nowhere to run. It was extra like a knee-jerk response as a result of the primary shot was ‘pow!’ and proper after, ‘pow!'”

He continued: “I form of foresaw that. I put my hand up in a defensive mode. It did not matter. The 22-caliber would have hit me within the brow, however as a substitute it clipped my finger off backward. You may see the way it’s nonetheless bent. It was like that [shows finger], however we did a bunch of rehab within the spring, in order that clicked off and that was squirting out blood like some Monty Python factor. I pinched my armpit and tourniqueted it and performed useless. [The shooter] got here as much as my brow and his gun jammed and he was slapping the aspect of his gun and making an attempt to drag the set off to complete the job. I assume they simply panicked and as they ran off, his gun un-jammed and so they had been simply firing over their shoulders: ‘Pow! Pow! Pow!’ all these bullets had been hitting round me and I used to be like ‘Oh, fuck!’ Then I scooted and hid below this Volvo, simply enjoying useless for about 45 minutes. This little woman got here by and he or she clearly was a drug addict, form of a crackhead woman and I used to be, like, ‘Hey, you bought to name 911.’ She mentioned ‘I can not. I dwell right here. These guys will fuck me up.’ I mentioned ‘I am going to provide you with ten bucks.’ She mentioned ‘Ten bucks?’ I reached in with my good hand, gave her a bloody ten-dollar invoice and about 45 minutes later, one solo cop got here up and he was like, he could not have been greater than 21, 23 years outdated. He was, like, ‘That is my first solo! I am freaking out. I can not consider that is occurring.’ I mentioned, ‘Name an ambulance.’ He was, like, ‘Oh, yeah…’ That was the primary time I used to be glad to see the police. He simply form of lined me till the ambulance got here and that was it.”

Becerra calls the following interval the “5 darkish years” in reference to a spiral of drug and alcohol abuse. “I actually did not deal with it nicely,” he mentioned. “I primarily tried to kill myself with medication and alcohol. I lived alone for 5 years and principally simply wrote and listened to a whole lot of demo tapes that had been despatched and acquired 1000’s of fan mail asking me to come back again. It was at all times the plan, however I wished to do the issues in life that I felt that I wanted to do as a person. I am not saying that is all people, only for me, I did not wish to get up and be 50 and all I ever had performed is play satanic loss of life metallic. I’ve at all times been form of afraid of faculty. I went to school and made straight As, alpha gamma sigma and webmaster and was one in all 20 gold robes. I did that. I acquired my four-year [degree] in three and a half years. I acquired married and had a few lovely children. Then I acquired divorced and that was time to convey POSSESSED again. I used to be already enjoying and touring by then and once you’re gone on a regular basis, it is exhausting to take care of a strong relationship. You bought to present lots to be in a loss of life metallic band. You simply acquired a do it. I am nonetheless actually tight [with her]. Me and my ex-wife are nonetheless finest mates. It was amicable. It is a win-win. I acquired two lovely children and a band and the whole lot.”

“Revelations Of Oblivion” was launched in Could 2019 by way of Nuclear Blast. The album was recorded at NRG studios and Titan Studios with Becerra as government producer and Daniel Gonzalez as co-producer for the album. Mixing and mastering was dealt with by Peter Tägtgren (HYPOCRISY, PAIN, BLOODBATH) at Abyss Studios in Sweden. For the art work, the band enlisted Polish artist Zbigniew Bielak (PARADISE LOST, DIMMU BORGIR, DEICIDE, GHOST, GORGUTS).

w/ Jeff Becerra on the MAX & IGGOR CAVALERA present in San Francisxo tonight!!!

Posted by David Rodriguez on Friday, June 17, 2022

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