Massacre (death metal band)

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Also known as
  • Massacre X (2016–2017)
  • Gods of Death (2017–2019)
OriginTampa, Florida, U.S.
GenresDeath metal
Years active1984–1987, 1989–1992, 1993–1996, 2007–2008, 2011–2014, 2016–present
LabelsEarache, Century Media
MembersKam Lee
Michael Borders
Scott Fairfax
Rogga Johansson
Jonny Pettersson
Brynjar Helgeton
Past membersFormer members

Massacre (briefly known as Massacre X and Gods of Death)[1] is an American death metal band. They were formed in 1984 by Allen West, Bill Andrews, and Mike Borders, soon after vocalist Kam Lee joined. The band has reunited several times with varying line-ups, most recently in late 2016.


Massacre were formed in 1984 by Allen West (guitar), Bill Andrews (drums), Mike Borders (bass) and soon joined by Kam Lee. After their first demo their line-up settled with Rick Rozz (formerly of Mantas, an early incarnation of Death) on guitar, and bassist Terry Butler. They disbanded and re-united again several times. In 1987, Rozz, Andrews and Butler joined Death,[2]. After being fired by Death in 1989, Rick Rozz reformed Massacre with Lee and they managed to get a deal with Earache records, finally managing to release their 1991 debut album From Beyond, followed by an EP a year later (featuring Cronos of Venom).[2] After the release of the EP the band split up again. Rozz reformed the band in 1993 and released a new album Promise in 1996.[2] That same year, Kam Lee left the band during post-production of Promise due to being dissatisfied with the songs and his performance. Kam Lee, Terry Butler and Steve Swanson along with Sam Williams and Curtis Beeson temporarily reunited as Massacre in 2006. Butler, Lee, Beeson and Williams then founded Denial Fiend with Blaine Cook replacing Lee and Rob Rampy replacing Beeson in 2008. In 2011, Butler and Rozz reunited for an anniversary tour of From Beyond beginning January 14 in Tampa, Florida.[3]


Butler and Rozz reformed Massacre in late 2011, with Mike Mazzonetto on drums and Ed Webb on vocals, and subsequently played the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise from Miami, Florida to Grand Cayman in January 2012. In March 2012, under the wing of lawyer Eric Greif – coincidentally Butler and Rozz's manager in Death – the band signed an international recording deal with Century Media Records, announcing a 7" release prior to their August 2012 appearance at the Wacken Festival in Germany and the release of their album in early 2014.

On December 11, 2014, it was announced that bassist Terry Butler and vocalist Ed Webb left the band. As the result, Massacre disbanded.[4]

Massacre reformed once more in December 2016[5] under the name Massacre X, in reference to it being the band's tenth line-up.[6] However, original drummer Bill Andrews threatened to sue the band over the use of the name, leading to them rebranding themselves as Gods of Death, in reference to their significance in the development of death metal.[1] Michael Grim went on to form the secretive death metal band known as Primordial Jizzum. The band eventually returned to using the original Massacre moniker in July 2019, with former bassist Michael Borders returning to the band.[7]

On September 9, 2019, it was announced that Rick Rozz and Mike Mazzonetto have both quit the band according to founding member Kam Lee. The band announced a new line-up three months later and plans to release a new studio album in 2020.[8] However, less than a year later, it was announced new members Taylor Nordberg and Jeramie Kling had left the band.[9] A week later, the band announced its latest line-up with new guitarists Rogga Johansson, Jonny Pettersson, and Scott Fairfax, as well as new drummer Brynjar Helgetun.[10]

On August 6, 2021, the band announced that their new album, Resurgence, would be released on October 22.[11]

Associated acts[edit]

Members and ex-members of Massacre have played in many notable bands, most notably Death, Obituary, Six Feet Under, Metalucifer, Hate Plow, Kreator, Nasty Savage, Primordial Jizzum, Zero Hour and Whiplash.

Band members[edit]

Current members[edit]

  • Kam Lee – vocals (1984–1987, 1989–1996, 2006–2007, 2017–present)
  • Michael Borders – bass (1984–1986, 2019–present)
  • Scott Fairfax – guitars (2020–present)
  • Rogga Johansson – guitars (2020–present)
  • Jonny Pettersson – guitars (2020–present)
  • Brynjar Helgetun – drums (2020–present)

Former members[edit]

  • Bill Andrews – drums (1984–1993)
  • Rick Rozz – guitars (1984–1987, 1989–1996, 2011–2014, 2017–2019)
  • Allen West – guitars (1984–1986)
  • Mark Brents – vocals (1984)
  • J.P. Chartier – guitars (1984)
  • Scott Blackwood – bass (1984)
  • Rob Goodwin – guitars (1986–1987)
  • Terry Butler – bass (1987, 1990–1993, 2006–2007, 2011–2014)
  • Butch Gonzales – bass (1990–1991)
  • Joe Cangelosi – drums (1990)
  • Steve Swanson – guitars (1991–1992, 2006–2007)
  • Pete Sison – bass (1994–1996)
  • Syrus Peters – drums (1994–1996)
  • Sam Williams – guitars (2007–2008)
  • Curtis Beeson – drums (2007–2008)
  • Dave Pybus – bass (2007)
  • Mike Mazzonetto – drums (2011–2014, 2017–2019)
  • Ed Webb – vocals (2011–2014)
  • Michael "Big Nasty" Grim – bass (2017–2019)
  • Taylor Nordberg – guitars (2019–2020)
  • Jeramie Kling – drums (2019–2020)



Studio albums[edit]

  • From Beyond (1991)
  • Promise (1996)
  • Back from Beyond (2014)
  • Resurgence (2021)



  • Aggressive Tyrant (1986)
  • Chamber of Ages (1986)
  • The Second Coming (1990)


  • Tyrants of Death (2006, Iron Pegasus)
  • The Second Coming (2008, Hell's Headbangers)


  1. ^ a b "RICK ROZZ And KAM LEE's New Band Changes Name From MASSACRE X To GODS OF DEATH". Blabbermouth. April 25, 2017. Retrieved July 21, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Colin Larkin, ed. (1999). The Virgin Encyclopedia of Heavy Rock (First ed.). Virgin Books. p. 284. ISBN 0-7535-0257-7.
  3. ^ "BLABBERMOUTH.NET – MASSACRE To Play One-Off Show In Tampa Prior To European Tour". Archived from the original on September 13, 2012. Retrieved August 7, 2013.
  4. ^ "MASSACRE Disbands Following Split With Bassist TERRY BUTLER And Vocalist ED WEBB". December 11, 2014. Retrieved December 11, 2014.
  5. ^ "MASSACRE Is Back! RICK ROZZ And KAM LEE Rejoin Forces". December 12, 2016. Retrieved December 26, 2019.
  6. ^ "MASSACRE X Feat. RICK ROZZ, KAM LEE: Live Debut Set For Germany's PROTZEN OPEN AIR Festival". March 17, 2017. Retrieved December 26, 2019.
  7. ^ "Reunited MASSACRE Signs With U.K.'s UNITED TALENT AGENCY". July 16, 2019. Retrieved July 16, 2019.
  8. ^ "MASSACRE Announces New Lineup, Begins Work On Fourth Album". December 16, 2019. Retrieved December 16, 2019.
  9. ^ "JERAMIE KLING And TAYLOR NORDBERG Exit MASSACRE After Less Than A Year". September 13, 2020. Retrieved September 13, 2020.
  10. ^ "MASSACRE Announce New Line-Up". Metal Addicts. September 21, 2020. Retrieved September 21, 2020.
  11. ^ "Resurrected Florida Death Metallers MASSACRE To Release New Album 'Resurgence' In October". August 6, 2020. Retrieved September 22, 2021.