NewsSeptember 17, 2015 10:48 AM ET7,999 views

Bolt Thrower drummer Martin Kearns dies

British death metal pioneers Bolt Thrower have announced the passing of drummer Martin Kearns, who died in his sleep on Monday at age 38. Here is a statement from the band:
"With the heaviest of hearts, and still numb from shock, we have to share the very sad news that on Monday 14th September Bolt Thrower lost our powerhouse drummer, Martin 'Kiddie' Kearns. "After the first rehearsal for our upcoming tour of Australia, Kiddie suddenly felt unwell which continued throughout the night, and the next day he passed away peacefully in his sleep. "He was a fantastic Dad, husband, son, friend, but to us he was always 'Kiddie', the same 17 year old Coventry kid whose drumming style and personality blew us away when he first walked into our rehearsal room 20+ years ago. "Kiddie enriched our lives, and the Bolt Thrower sound. He leaves a massive hole in the lives of everyone who knew him and will be very sorely missed by many."

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Mike 9/17/2015 8:43:04 AM

RIP

anonymous 9/17/2015 8:47:41 AM

Yes,R.I.P.

anonymous 9/17/2015 9:02:11 AM

one of death metals finest

anonymous 9/17/2015 9:24:31 AM

looks like he got in the way of said bolt

anonymous 9/17/2015 9:31:08 AM

RIP. Thanks for the music, Kiddie.

anonymous 9/17/2015 9:35:57 AM

RIP.

anonymous 9/17/2015 9:45:19 AM

WORLD EATTTTTTTTERR!

anonymous 9/17/2015 9:53:14 AM

RIP

anonymous 9/17/2015 10:33:35 AM

Condolences to the Bolt Thrower family. RIP.

anonymous 9/17/2015 11:23:29 AM

his beats on "the fourth crusade" were punishing.... R.I.P.

anonymous 9/17/2015 12:15:54 PM

"Looks like he got in the way of said bolt." Seriously? I'm not even going to play the "Omg don't joke about dead people!" card. That joke just sucked unmercifully, you try-hard douche. Maybe if he were struck by lightning, or killed in a freak hardware explosion, your shitty joke might be a little less shitty. Eat a bowl of AIDS, smegma hound. Also, RIP Martin Kearns.

anonymous 9/17/2015 1:12:47 PM

Going to listen to Bolt Thrower all day today

anonymous 9/17/2015 1:15:52 PM

I think sargent d has said not to listen to bolt throwers...im sorry guys death is a tragedy but u cannot forsake the scripture

genghisjohn 9/17/2015 1:49:18 PM

Goodnight, sweet prince RIP

anonymous 9/17/2015 2:23:45 PM

RIP Bolt Thrower rips

anonymous 9/17/2015 4:33:42 PM

fcking RIP. Hope they don't call it a day as a band though. They were about to tour Aus and while I would understand I'd still like to see them even without Kearns as shit as that is.

anonymous 9/17/2015 5:43:08 PM

Very sad. One the most underrated metal bands of all time. Glad I finally got to see them a few years back.

anonymous 9/17/2015 5:55:35 PM

RIP

anonymous 9/17/2015 7:21:29 PM

Wow, terrible news. RIP brother. Dude was so young...

anonymous 9/17/2015 7:33:24 PM

Sucks. The band that is. RIP dude at least he lived the dream.

anonymous 9/17/2015 10:50:43 PM

"Looks like he got in the way of said bolt." Seriously? I'm not even going to play the "Omg don't joke about dead people!" card. That joke just sucked unmercifully, you try-hard douche. Maybe if he were struck by lightning, or killed in a freak hardware explosion, your shitty joke might be a little less shitty. Eat a bowl of AIDS, smegma hound. Also, RIP Martin Kearns. Says the "I choose to get offended" try hard.

anonymous 9/18/2015 5:15:05 AM

do not joke or PC Principal will beat your ass and check your privilege

anonymous 9/18/2015 6:29:15 AM

smegma hound was super weak

anonymous 9/18/2015 10:34:56 AM

you're exactly right. i was offended. by how painfully obvious it was that some chode was trying to do the typical internet comment horseshit and make a joke on a thread dealing with someone who died. i wouldn't have given a shit if it was actually clever or funny...but it was neither.

anonymous 9/18/2015 10:37:48 AM

also, never threatened to kick anyone's ass or check anyone's privilege. just called some baby rapist out for making an attempt at being edgy.

anonymous 9/18/2015 10:40:12 AM

i also never said that you can't make jokes. i just said that the joke sucked and tried way too hard to be offensive. the only thing it was offensive to was comedic wit.

anonymous 9/18/2015 10:57:23 AM

lol wow dude u dont need like 1000 comments to explain yourself we get it you're gay for Kearns' bolt

anonymous 9/18/2015 11:08:49 AM

...yes.

anonymous 9/18/2015 11:09:03 AM

...i.

anonymous 9/18/2015 11:09:23 AM

...do.

anonymous 9/18/2015 11:11:26 AM

there's also a 500 character limit for each comment, so i had to break it up, shitdick.

anonymous 9/18/2015 11:15:10 AM

and why would it hurt my feelings to be gay? evolve, homophobic dipshit.

anonymous 9/18/2015 11:57:01 AM

I wasn't trying to hurt your fee fees, just saying what you couldn't own up to because you're trying so hard.

anonymous 9/18/2015 5:09:30 PM

I have a delivery for a large bag of dicks. Where should I put them in your mouth? Bitches!!

anonymous 9/19/2015 11:36:13 AM

Okay. Then why would I be ashamed to be gay? It's 2015. Again: evolve, homophobic dipshit.

anonymous 9/20/2015 2:23:08 PM

Wow. People are actually acting like human beings on this site when a musician passes away for once. I laugh at 80% of shit talking on here but disrespecting the dead is such a little Internet attention thriving bitch move. RIP. That's really rough.

anonymous 9/20/2015 2:42:40 PM

you really got him by calling him gay. Everyone's so gay hahahabababababababblah.

anonymous 9/21/2015 9:45:29 PM

Bolthrower Has Faded slowly After They Left Earache.I Remember This Kick Ass Band From In H.S..They Still Around?like slayer age.the first three albums rips!!




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