Former MASSACRE/DEATH frontman Kam Lee, who will be touring Europe this fall with both MASSACRE and his new band DENIAL FIEND, has issued the following statement in response to requests from fans for MASSACRE to do some U.S. dates:
"MASSACRE will NOT be touring the U.S. and that is FINAL!
"This has nothing to do against our U.S. fans, as we do appreciate all the fans (what very few we have) here in the U.S., but you have to understand from a business stand point this is not even possible. MASSACRE can not get the correct kind of SUPPORT in the U.S. to even attempt a tour with out taking substantial financial losses. NO PROMOTER in the U.S. will even look at us at this moment. Shit, as a matter of fact — no promoters in the U.S. ever gave a fuck about MASSACRE in the past... and the only reason they would even look at us now would be to EXPLOIT us in an opportunisic way.
"MASSACRE is NOT back together as a working band, but only agreed to tour Europe in order to push DENIAL FIEND!!"
MASSACRE's lineup for the upcoming "Re-Animated" European tour — which is scheduled to kick off October 26 and last through November 18 — will consist of DENIAL FIEND members Sam Williams (guitar), Curt Beeson (drums; NASTY SAVAGE), along with ex-MASSACRE members Terry Butler (bass), Steve Swanson (guitars) and Kam Lee (vocals). The material covered on the tour will consist only of songs from 1991's "From Beyond" and "Inhuman Condition" EP.
In addition to MASSACRE, the "Re-Animated" tour will feature appearances by DENIAL FIEND, JUNGLE ROT, ASHURA (France), EXTERMINATOR (Belgium), SUICIDAL ANGELS (Greece) and EXTREME NOISE TERROR (U.K.; last three shows only).
"Re-Animated" tour dates (venue details to be announced):
Oct. 26 - Berlin (GER) K17
Oct. 27 - Denmark
Oct. 28 - Denmark
Oct. 29 - Osnabrück (GER) N 8
Oct. 30 - Glauchau (GER) Alte Spinnerei
Oct. 31 - Germany
Nov. 01 - Adelsheim (GER) Live Factory
Nov. 02 - [to be announced]
Nov. 03 - München (GER) Metropolis
Nov. 04 - Althofen (A) Kulturhaus
Nov. 06 - Austria
Nov. 07 - Erstfeld (CH) Transilvania Live
Nov. 08 - Italy
Nov. 09 - Athens (Greece) An Club
Nov. 10 - Milan (Italy) Transilvania Live
Nov. 11 - France
Nov. 12 - Paris (France) La Loco
Nov. 13 - Saarbrücken (GER) Garage
Nov. 14 - [to be announced]
Nov. 15 - Belgium
Nov. 16 - London (UK) Carling Acadamy Islington
Nov. 17 - Dublin (IRE) Voodoo Lounge Day of Suffering
Nov. 18 - Leeds (UK) Rio's
Kam Lee previousy stated about the upcoming tour: "This will be a joint tour with DENIAL FIEND and should not be considered a 'reunion' tour but rather an extension of what 'true' MASSACRE is, and should be considered a 'fan appreciation' tour! It's my way of saying thanks to all the MASSACRE fans for the support all these years... for keeping the 'Ancient Cult Death' sound and style alive all this time!"
MASSACRE bio courtesy of BNR Metal Pages: One of the earliest of the Florida death metal bands of the eighties, MASSACRE's early history is closely intertwined with that of DEATH. MASSACRE was formed around 1984 by Allen West (later of OBITUARY) and Bill Andrews, followed by the arrival of soon-to-be-leader Kam Lee and guitarist Rick Rozz, both of whom had served with Chuck Schuldiner in the earliest stages of DEATH. A lineup of Lee, Rozz, Andrews, and Terry Butler eventually stabilized, but before they could record, all but Lee left the band to record with Schuldiner in DEATH on that band's "Leprosy" album, forcing Lee to disband MASSACRE. Around 1989 Lee decided to start up the band again with Rozz and WHIPLASH drummer Joe Cangelosi. An album was recorded, by the name of "Second Coming", but was never released. Eventually came the return of Butler and Andrews, who had stayed with DEATH long enough to play on "Spiritual Healing", and in 1991 MASSACRE finally released an album, "From Beyond". An EP quickly followed, but it would be several years before another album would appear, in the form of 1996's "Promise". Featuring a different rhythm section, the album was not well received and they folded for good soon afterward.
Watch video footage of MASSACRE performing in Bradford, England on September 22, 1991: