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Ex-DEATH/MASSACRE Guitarist RICK ROZZ Blasts ‘Narcissistic Revisionist’ KAM LEE Over CHUCK SCHULDINER Comments

Ex-DEATH and MASSACRE guitarist Rick Rozz has blasted his former bandmate Kam Lee as a “narcissistic revisionist” over the feedback the vocalist made about late DEATH frontman Chuck Schuldiner.

In a current interview with the “That Steel Interview” podcast, Lee, who was a member of an early model of DEATH in addition to the pre-DEATH band MANTAS alongside Schuldiner and Rozz, weighed in on the endless debate on who can lay declare to being the primary “true” loss of life metallic band: DEATH or POSSESSED. He stated partly (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “I will admit this, and I will say this straight out, ‘trigger I do know there’s an argument on a regular basis, who was first — was it DEATH or was it POSSESSED? Nicely, I’ll let you know POSSESSED was first, and I’ll let you know why. As a result of Chuck heard what Jeff [ Becerra, POSSESSED frontman] was doing and Chuck needed to emulate Jeff. I used to be there — I used to be there to start with.

“There was instances after we have been residing right here in Florida earlier than Chuck moved to California, and Chuck and I each began off as tapetraders again within the day,” Kam continued. “And I bear in mind, in case you return to earlier than we have been DEATH, we have been known as MANTAS. In case you have a look at a number of the hand-drawn logos of MANTAS, the MANTAS emblem, there’s the brand with the satan’s tail on it, on the ‘M’. That is fully stolen from the unique POSSESSED emblem, the satan’s tail.

“I will say this now, ‘trigger [former DEATH manager] Eric Greif has handed, he is deceased, however that is stuff that he did not need me to inform folks,” Lee added. “That is why I used to be denied ever being interviewed for the DEATH film, the DEATH documentary [‘Death By Metal’]. They denied me, as a result of they did not need me to say these sure issues, as a result of how are you gonna promote a documentary about DEATH if I come on and inform everyone, ‘Nah, that is not likely the way it was’? So that they did not need me on there — they completely refused to speak to me on there. They did not need me to come back up and say, ‘Oh, yeah, I was the one which drew the DEATH emblem, not Chuck.’ They did not need me to inform everyone I am the one which created that. They usually did not need me to inform everyone, ‘Oh, nicely, Chuck ripped off POSSESSED.’ They needed to promote it like Chuck created it, as a result of they have been promoting a product. And in case you’ve received someone come and say, ‘Nicely, that is not precisely how that product works.’ Form of just like the [fast food chicken restaurant chain] KFC. I am sorry, nevertheless it wasn’t [KFC founder] Colonel Sanders that got here up with a particular recipe; another man got here up with it. In order that’s actually what it was.”

Earlier right now, Rozz took to his Fb web page to share a hyperlink to the BLABBERMOUTH.NET story about Lee‘s feedback, and he included the next message: “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.”

Though DEATH is taken into account to be some of the vital and influential loss of life metallic acts of all time, the Florida-based band didn’t launch its debut album, “Scream Bloody Gore”, till 1987 — two years after the arrival of “Seven Church buildings” by California’s POSSESSED, whose bassist/vocalist, the aforementioned Becerra, is credited by some with initially creating the time period “loss of life metallic” in 1983.

Becerra instructed Antihero in 2017 that Schuldiner cited POSSESSED as a “main affect” in “numerous” journal interviews. However although DEATH was impressed by POSSESSED, “they ran with it and went in their very own path and created their very own vibe,” Jeff stated. “To go a step additional: Chuck used [’80s death/thrash producer] Randy Burns, who did ‘Seven Church buildings’ to do ‘Scream Bloody Gore’, his first album. He additionally did a canopy of [POSSESSED‘s] ‘The Exorcist’.”

Again in 2008, Lee was toying round with the thought of re-recording a number of the earliest classics from DEATH and MANTAS with varied visitor musicians. On the time, he wrote in a social media publish: “Prefer it or not… I am as a lot part of that historical past as Chuck was, and I would not suppose to do something to down play his involvement in these songs. The straightforward reality is that a lot of the songs on MANTAS/DEATH‘s ‘Loss of life by Steel’ demo ’83/’84, DEATH‘s ‘Reign of Terror’ demo ’84 and DEATH‘s ‘Infernal Loss of life’ demo ’85 — and plenty of rehersal tapes launched throughout this time — we’re each lyrically written be me, and sung by me. Sure, each Chuck and Rick wrote the guitar riffs, however I wrote the drum patterns to those songs and the lyrics to most of those tracks. That is the straightforward reality to it!”

The present lineup of MASSACRE, that includes Lee and bassist Mike Borders, launched its fourth full-length album, “Resurgence”, final October through Nuclear Blast. It marked MASSACRE‘s first LP to function Borders, in addition to the band’s first recording in 25 years to function Lee.

MASSACRE parted methods with Rozz and drummer Mike Mazzonetto in September 2019. On the time, Lee and Borders blamed the break up on “contract infringement violations,” “poor efficiency, incompetence, and lack of professionalism.”

In September 2020, drummer Jeramie Kling (VENOM INC., THE ABSENCE, GOREGÄNG) and guitarist Taylor Nordberg (THE ABSENCE, GOREGÄNG) introduced their departure from MASSACRE. A short while later, Kling and Nordberg stated in a press release that “what was offered as a democracy turned out to be a dictatorship with an excruciating lack of communication.”

(Y) SORRY CAN’T LET THIS ONE SLIDE MY FRIENDS, HMMM… BELITTLING THE DEAD, HOW LOW CAN YOU GO? SO… LET ME BE BLUNT,…

Posted by Rick Rozz on Wednesday, June 15, 2022

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