KAM LEE/BONE GNAWER "A Tough Bone to Chew" 

By Dr. Abner Mality

Mr. Kam Lee is not one to mince words. He gets right to the point with the subtlety of a hollow point bullet tearing through a tomato. And he has a lot to say, both good and bad!

No history of death metal can be written without mentioning Lee's contributions. He was there are the very inception of the genre, as the vocalist for Mantas...the band which later became Death. From there, he gained fame as the growling frontman of the band Massacre, whose record "From Beyond" is a seminal work in the extreme metal field. Unfortunately, acrimony and dissension has bedeviled many of Kam's projects, including Massacre. You will read his brutal opinions on that band in a little bit. 

In recent years, Kam's become associated with a couple of new death metal projects, Bone Gnawer and The Grotesquery. Right now Bone Gnawer has a new filthy platter out called "Cannibal Crematorium" and it's sure to please anybody who likes crude and groovy death metal. Although how long Bone Gnawer will be in business is also in question.

I hooked up with Mr. Lee and let the questions fly. He was equally unrestrained in his answers. Enter the lair of the bone gnawing beast and come heavily armed!

WORMWOOD CHRONICLES: Greetings, Kam and thanks for talking to us. Let’s start with the new Bone Gnawer album. It’s been awhile since the previous Bone Gnawer was out. What changes and improvements did you want to make on “Cannibal Crematorium”?

KAM LEE: Not too much has changed - basically we still keep to very basic and simple old school 90's style death metal formula... if it works - why change anything? We keep the hooks and barbs and go with the catchy riffs and the campy gore filled lyrics... this is what the essence of BONE GNAWER has always been.... it's the place we shall remain. 

WC: You've got a fantastic lineup of guest stars on “Cannibal Crematorium” like Dave Ingram, Vincent Crowley and Mark Riddick. How easy (or hard) was it getting them all to participate?

KAM: Everyone that appears on this album are all good friends and great fellow musicians. It was not hard at all getting everyone to join in on the cannibal feast. I am very honored and pleased with everyone's participation.

WC: Let me go way, way back now. Was there a specific  moment when you knew you had to become involved in extreme metal?

KAM: About the time we (Chuck, Rick, and I) created DEATH METAL! In 1983 in MANTAS/DEATH.

WC: Your singing style is extremely influential. Was it something you had to work on and evolve or did it come naturally to you?

KAM: It's naturally my rotten mean angry disposition and my complete hatred for mankind that gives me my signature growl.

WC: What were the glory days of the Florida death metal scene like for you? Is it a feeling that can ever be recreated?

KAM: The glory days sucked... it's not all the "hoopla" everyone thinks it was... Sure, it had it's fair share of good times... don't get me wrong, but overall... it was just pure shit, especially. when the "rock stars" and jock boy attitudes came into it. Florida scene is a joke... anyone who says it was all 'friends and buddies' is a fucking liar. It was all back stabbers and two faced cunts. Everyone in the scene are shit talkers - back stabbers, opportunistic assholes that smile in your face, and talk shit behind your back... it's a wonder no one ever murdered anyone. I can say some sure have good enough reasons to kill one another. But the good times... no, no way it could ever return to the good times. The internet killed the scene... youtube  ass raped it into a bloody cum covered cess pool by allowing thieves to steal music, and social media bludgeoned what was left of the corpse into oblivion. Only people still thinking any scene exists are those holding on to a long dead dream.

WC: Is the door now totally closed on Massacre? I know the band has had a wild rollercoaster ride of ups and downs?

KAM: Massacre is dead.

WC: You’re also known as a horror fanatic. Can you remember what got you started on that kick?

KAM: My dad got me into Universal Monster flicks when I was a kid... Halloween being my birthday... plus growing up in the 80's with some of the BEST horror films ever!!

WC: What’s your view of modern horror? To me, it seems much like modern extreme metal…very slick and digitized.

KAM: Most of it sucks. Most of it's just remakes and carbon copies of classic shit from back in the 80's and 90's. WHY?.Because both the music and the horror was the best... it's why the kids today try to remake it - reboot it, re-create it... because it was the best!

WC: Are you still involved in the band The Grotesquery? How would you characterize the difference between Bone Gnawer and The Grotesquery? 

KAM: The Grotesquery just released our third album this year as well. The difference is evident. If you just bullshit casually listen to it, you're going to say ignorant cunt shit like... "I don't hear the difference - it all sounds the same". That's the pussy ass shit answer  of a fucktard that didn't really care to listen to them - because they are  different in style and in lyrical content. Sure, it's some of the same musicians involved but that doesn't make it sound the same. It's only similar  on the surface, if you listen to all my bands - you will hear a distinct difference in every band I do.

WC: Any other projects you're involved with currently?

KAM: I've recently decided to go on indefinite hiatus. If I do decide to return EVER to doing this music thing, it will be awhile from now. I'm pretty much sick of the shitty scene and the fucking joke of the trolling idiots, the haters on social networking, the fact that no one has any fucking respect or integrity anymore. The thieves that wait for someone to post your album on Youtube just so they can steal it rather than help and support the musicians... everyone fucking thinks they are entitled to free shit, and just being taking advantage of all these years by assholes... it's all fucking bullshit.

WC:Do you have any musical influences outside of heavy metal and what would they be?

KAM: I'm open minded to a lot of styles of music... some dark industrial from the 90's psychobilly and horror punk music, and horror movie soundtracks. I prefer dark, moody and atmospheric music... anything that evokes a feeling of dread and despair and over all fucking HORROR!

WC:Any chance of Bone Gnawer playing live?

KAM: Nope.

WC:What would you describe as the highs and lows of your career so far?

KAM: Highs... every band project I've been involved in after 2008 and have done releases with - starting with BONE GNAWER, THE GROTESQUERY, THE SKELETAL, BROKEN GRAVESTONES, GRAVE WAX and CEMETERY CREEPS. Lows... my entire bullshit career before 2008.

WC: Any desire to get involved with music in a different way, as a producer, mixer or even starting a label?

KAM: I thought about that a few times... of maybe doing my own label. It's still up in the air.

WC: What would be your favorite horror author and horror stories?

KAM: Lovecraft and Poe... I actually prefer more atmosphere over blood and guts, to be honest. 

WC:Any idea where Bone Gnawer will go from “Cannibal Crematorium”?

KAM: At the moment as I said... all my bands on hiatus.

WC: If you could have dinner with any 3 people from history, who would they be?

KAM: BRUCE LEE, Eiji Tsuburaya, and Shotaro Ishinomori.

WC: Any “Spinal Tap” stories from your musical history that you could share with us?

KAM: I'm saving those for my book. I AM DEATH METAL: The Kam Lee Story.

WC:Last words for the fans out there?

KAM: Thanks to all those who have supported me all these years.