Ex-Death Drummer Kam Lee Says Chuck Schuldiner “Ripped Off Possessed”

Metalheads have often argued about the origins of death metal and whether Possessed, who released “Seven Churches” in 1985, or Death, who released “Scream Bloody Gore” in 1987, deserve the credit for its creation. Now, during a recent appearance on the “That Metal Interview” podcast, ex-Death drummer Kam Lee offered his thoughts on the debate, saying that he believes Death frontman Chuck Schuldiner “ripped off Possessed.”

Lee said the following [via Blabbermouth]:

“I’ll admit this, and I’ll say this straight out, ’cause I know there’s an argument all the time, who was first — was it DEATH or was it POSSESSED? Well, I will tell you POSSESSED was first, and I will tell you why. Because Chuck heard what Jeff [Becerra] was doing and Chuck wanted to emulate Jeff. I was there — I was there in the beginning.

There was times when we were living here in Florida before Chuck moved to California, and Chuck and I both started off as tapetraders back in the day. And I remember, if you go back to before we were DEATH, we were called MANTAS. If you look at some of the hand-drawn logos of MANTAS, the MANTAS logo, there’s the logo with the devil’s tail on it, on the ‘M’. That’s completely stolen from the original POSSESSED logo, the devil’s tail.

I’ll say this now, ’cause [former DEATH manager] Eric Greif has passed, he’s deceased, but this is stuff that he didn’t want me to tell people. That’s why I was denied ever being interviewed for the DEATH movie, the DEATH documentary [‘Death By Metal’]. They denied me, because they didn’t want me to say these certain things, because how are you gonna sell a documentary about DEATH if I come on and tell everybody, ‘Nah, that’s not really how it was’? So they didn’t want me on there — they absolutely refused to talk to me on there. They didn’t want me to come up and say, ‘Oh, yeah, I was the one that drew the DEATH logo, not Chuck.’ They didn’t want me to tell everybody I’m the one that created that. And they didn’t want me to tell everybody, ‘Oh, well, Chuck ripped off POSSESSED.’ They wanted to sell it like Chuck created it, because they were selling a product. And if you’ve got somebody come and say, ‘Well, that’s not exactly how that product works.’ Kind of like the [fast food chicken restaurant chain] KFC. I’m sorry, but it wasn’t [KFC founder] Colonel Sanders that came up with a special recipe; some other guy came up with it. So that’s really what it was.”

Unsurprisingly, some have already taken issue with Lee’s comments including former Death guitarist Rick Rozz, who said the following on social media:

“SORRY CAN’T LET THIS ONE SLIDE MY FRIENDS, HMMM… BELITTLING THE DEAD, HOW LOW CAN YOU GO? SO… LET ME BE BLUNT, THE REASON THIS P.O.S. NARCISSISTIC, REVISIONIST WASN’T INCLUDED IN THE DEATH BY METAL DOCUMENTARY IS… IN A PRINTED INTERVIEW HE WARNS CHUCK THAT HE BETTER WATCH OUT OR HIS MOM WILL BE SONLESS ONCE AGAIN, REASON ENOUGH? OH… YEAH… AND AT LEAST CHUCK DIDN’T GET ON STAGE AT SHOWBIZ PIZZA IN WHITE SPANDEX WITH LEPPARD SPOTTED LEG WARMERS LIP SINKING TO I WANNA BE SOMEBODY BY W.A.S.P. THAT’S REALLY DEATH METAL BARNEY, TRUE COLORS UNTIL THE END. CHEERS & PEACE”

Left To Die (Gruesome, Ex-Death, Etc.) Planning To Perform Death’s “Leprosy” In Full On Summer Tour

Left To Die, the band featuring Terry Butler (Obituary, ex-Death), Rick Rozz (ex-Death, ex-Massacre), Matt Harvey (Gruesome, Exhumed), and Gus Rios (ex-Malevolent Creation), are planning to perform Death’s “Leprosy” in its entirety on their upcoming summer tour. Dates for that trek have yet to be revealed.

Butler commented:

“After the recent Chuck [Schuldiner] tribute shows that Matt, Gus, and myself did, Rick posed the question, ‘Would anyone want to see some ‘Leprosy‘ shows?’ With a resounding ‘yes!’, the masses had spoken. Matt and Gus threw their hats in immediately and, in my opinion, they were the only real choice to bring this thing to life. Left To Die coming your way soon!!”

Rozz added:

“It’s going to be an absolute honor and pleasure to play these 34-plus-year-old songs on stage with Terry after all these years, along with the talents of Matt and Gus. It’s gonna be brutal!”

Massacre X Feat. Rick Rozz & Kam Lee Change Their Name To Gods Of Death

Massacre X, the revamped version of Massacre featuring Rick Rozz, Kam Lee, Michael Grim, and Mike Mazzonetto, have decided to change their name to Gods Of Death. This news comes after Bill Andrews previously said that Rozz and Lee had no right to use the Massacre name.

Massacre X To Make Live Debut At Germany’s Protzen Open Air Festival

Massacre X, the revamped version of Massacre featuring Rick Rozz, Kam Lee, Michael Grim, and Mike Mazzonetto, have announced their first live show. The band will perform at at the Protzen Open Air Festival in Protzen, Germany on June 24.

Bill Andrews Says Rick Rozz & Kam Lee Can’t Use The Massacre Name

It was recently revealed that Rick Rozz and Kam Lee reunited to launch a new version of Massacre, along with The End’s Michael Grim and Mike Mazzonetto. The group were planning to go under the name Massacre X (silent X to signify their 10th lineup), but now Bill Andrews is saying that they can’t use the name.

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Andrews told Blabbermouth the following:

“In light of the recent news that a version of MASSACRE are back on the scene, I would like to remind the parties involved, Rick Rozz and Kam Lee, that I started MASSACRE in 1984. As was my right, the name MASSACRE has been trademarked internationally by myself and Terry Butler. The name MASSACRE CANNOT and WILL NOT be used without our permission.”

Rick Rozz & Kam Lee Relaunch Massacre

Rick Rozz and Kam Lee have reunited to launch a new Massacre lineup. The latest incarnation of the band includes them along with The End’s Michael Grim and Mike Mazzonetto. The group will go under the name Massacre X (silent X to signify their 10th lineup).

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Here’s a press release:

After the public announcement of the departure of previous Massacre bassist Terry Butler, and vocalist Ed Webb in 2014, which brought to a close a 4 year run of that lineup. Now nearly 2 years later a recent resurgence of the band has been reactivated, when The End bassist/vocalist Michael Grim (Death Before Dying) drummer Mike Mazzonetto (Massacre/Pain Principle) and guitarist Rick Rozz DeLillo (Mantas/Death/Massacre) have joined forces with original “From Beyond” vocalist Kam Lee (Mantas/Death/Massacre/Bone Gnawer/The Grotesquery) to reform this newest incarnation of Massacre. The band’s main objective is to rekindle the original sound, style, aggression, and passion that originally elevated the band to cult status in the rise of the death metal scene in the early 1990’s.

This recent reformation of the band is managed and represented by Gunter Ford at gunter@worldentertainmentinc.com and Alexander Ford at alexander@worldentertainmentinc.com

Booking in Europe Paul Ryan at UTI: Paul.Ryan@unitedtalent.com

Booking USA/Canada Mark Hyman and Andrea Roberts at ATI: Superbooking@aol.com and ati.andrear@gmail.com

Booking for the rest of the world: gunter@worldentertainmentinc.com

The management representation and booking agents in place are working on tours for the U.S.A, Europe, Latin America, and other areas worldwide. The bands plan is to tour the “From Beyond” album, along with a few old classics from Mantas/Death.

Footage of the band performing “Dawn Of Eternity” during The End’s December 9 Melbourne, Florida show can be seen below:

The End Sign With FDA REKOTZ

The End, the band featuring Rick Rozz (ex-Death/Massacre), Mike Mazzonetto (ex-Massacre), and Michael Grim, have signed a new deal with FDA REKOTZ. You can read more about that in the below press release:

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Hailing from Florida, FDA REKOTZ is proud to announce the signing with another Death Metal legend. THE END, the new band of Rick Rozz DeLillo (ex-DEATH, ex-MASSACRE), Mike Mazzonetto (ex-MASSACRE) and Michael Grim (also DEATH BEFORE DYING) inked a deal with FDA Rekotz for their upcoming EP “Age Of Apocalypse” and following debut full length (untitled yet).
Rick about the signing:
„I would like to thank you Rico (FDA) for having faith in The End, and giving us the chance to get our music out to the masses, and also to Mike and Michael for both your talents, and great friendships, salud… to making great metal music together, we have a supreme team, much love and respect, Until THE END…“
THE END formed 2015 in Altamonte Springs/Florida combines the classic Floridian Death Metal well known from the early 90s, bloodsoaked heaviness and modern influences with catchy as fuck hooklines. THE END is the demolition command of humanity !
“Age Of Apocalypse” will be unleashed and hit the stores in late summer !
THE END is near, more info soon…
Line-up:
Michael Grim (Vocals/Bass)
Mike Mazzonetto (Drums)
Rick Rozz DeLillo (Guitar)
THE END online:
https://www.facebook.com/theendflorida
next show:
5/13/16 – Winter Park/ FL. (usa)
WWW.FDA-REKOTZ.COM
https://www.facebook.com/FDAREKOTZ

The End Premiere “Crawling Back To Life” Lyric Video

The End, the new project featuring Rick Rozz (ex-Death/Massacre), Mike Mazzonetto (ex-Massacre), and Michael Grim, have premiered a lyric video for their new song “Crawling Back To Life.” This song is from the band’s debut EP, Age Of Apocalypse, which will be available in January 2016.

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Track Listing:

01. “Age Of Apocalypse”
02. “Crawling Back To Life”
03. “Silent Screams Of Death”
04. “Inhale The Plague”