Kam Lee

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Kam Lee
Background information
Birth name Barney Kamalani Lee
Born (1966-10-31) October 31, 1966 (age 47)
Origin USA
Genres Death metal, thrash metal
Occupations Musician
Instruments Vocals, drums
Associated acts Death
Bone Gnawer

Kam Lee (born Barney Kamalani Lee) is an American singer. He is best known for his vocal contributions to an early incarnation of Death (called Mantas) in 1983–84,[1] and later joined Massacre in 1985, founded and formed by Bill Andrews and Allen West.[2]

Lee early on employed the vocal style called the death grunt or death growl, taking influence from the then Celtic Frost vocalist Thomas Gabriel Fischer (a.k.a. Tom G Warrior). Massacre recorded 2 demo tapes that were heavily distributed using the tape trading system but did not lead to a record deal. The band dissolved when members Rick Rozz, Bill Andrews and Terry Butler left to join a later inception of Chuck Schuldiner's Death; however, the subsequent citing of Massacre as influences by bands such as Napalm Death signified a great interest in the defunct act within the death metal community. This led to a reformation and the recording of the album From Beyond on Earache Records, made up mainly of reworking of the songs featured on the original 1985 & 1986 demo tapes.

Lyrically, Lee drew heavily from the stories of American author H. P. Lovecraft, and the album's cover art featured a painting by artist Ed Repka representing creatures from Lovecraft's imagination. Lee also played drums in both Mantas and Death as well as vocals. He has also been a member of many other short-lived bands. In 2006 he joined a band with Terry Butler (Death/Massacre/Six Feet Under), Sam Williams and Curtis Beeson called Denial Fiend of whom released their debut "They Rise" on October 16, 2007. In that same month, Massacre played their final gig in the United States on October 6, 2007. October 26, Massacre began their final tour dubbed "Re-Animated" in Berlin, Germany.

In 2009, Lee started the death metal band Bone Gnawer, with Rogga Johansson, Morgan Lie, and Ronnie Bjornstrom.[3] Later that year, Lee and Johansson would form another death metal band called The Grotesquery, along with members Johan Berglund and Brynjar Helgetun.[4]

Lee was cast as a serial killer in the 2011 independent horror film Deep Seeded.[5]


  1. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Biography: Death". Allmusic. Retrieved 18 March 2010. 
  2. ^ "Massacre". Encyclopaedia Metallum. 
  3. ^ "Former Massacre Frontman Kam Lee Talks About Bone Gnawer Project". Blabbermouth. August 19, 2009. Retrieved 18 March 2010. 
  4. ^ "The Grotesquery Signs With Cyclone Empire Records". Blabbermouth. November 13, 2009. Retrieved 17 January 2011. 
  5. ^ "Deep Seeded: Brutality unrestrained in new feature". Horror News. November 2, 2010. Retrieved 17 January 2011.