Well this absolutely sucks. Bolt Thrower has just announced that they are officially done. The death metal pioneers released the following statement on their Official Website: “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…”
When Martin Kiddie Kearns died last year, we all questioned whether or not the band would continue, and now we have our answer. One of the most important and influential death metal bands all of time is no more. It’s as simple as that, and it’s devastating. Blast their discography below, and raise a last toast to Bolt Thrower!