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.