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Bolt Thrower
It has been about a year since the passing of Bolt Thrower vocalist Martin “Kiddie” Kerns, and yesterday the band followed up the grave announcement with yet another blow to the UK death metal world. The band has officially called it a day. The official statement from their website is as follows:

“On behalf of ourselves and Kiddie’s family, we would like to thank everyone for their thoughts and support over the last 12 months. Together with Kiddie’s family we made the conscious decision to keep his unexpected death a private matter, and to take time out to deal with it all.
When Kiddie joined us back in 1994, although he was only 17, he instantly improved Bolt Thrower as a live band, and no one was more loyal to, and prouder to be in Bolt Thrower than him.

We spent over 20 years together, touring the world, with 3 different vocalists, but he was so much more than just a drummer to us. So when we carried his coffin to his final resting place, the Bolt Thrower drummer position was buried with him. He was, and will now forever remain THE Bolt Thrower drummer, our Powerhouse and friend Martin “Kiddie” Kearns.

As for the rest of us, Bolt Thrower has been our way of life for 30 years, never driven by money, fame or ego, but by our own personal principles and values that have guided us through life, and which bonded us as friends long before Bolt Thrower was even formed…”

While this may be the end of an era, hopefully it won’t be the last we hear from the remaining members. You can still check out vocalist Karl Willets other band Memoriam, who recently signed a deal with Nuclear Blast Records and released the Surrounded by Death single through Decibel as part of their Flexi series. Either way, I wish them all the best in life, or any/all future projects that may stem from this closing chapter.

Bolt Thrower‘s last studio album, Those Once Loyal, was released through Metal Blade Records back in 2005. They released the live album Live War in 2010, as well as the box set Eternal War in 2014.

Bolt ThrowerPress release based on a public statement by Bolt Thrower.