Bolt Thrower split up for good.
The word is out. Before I could get a confirmation from Metal Blade it seems that the rumors are true: Bolt Thrower split up for good.
Their drummer Martin “Kiddie” Kearns passed away exactly one year ago, and the statement from their official page http://www.boltthrower.com/ along with a tweet from Metal Blade makes it barely surprising that their not on hiatus, and the anniversary just made it clear that the band is no more. Reads the statement:
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…
Note that nowhere in the statement it says that the band is over, but the “Bolt Thrower position was buried with him” leaves few margin for error.
Bolt Thrower was formed in 30 years ago in Coventry, England and soon they caught up with death metal sound.
Although Martin Kearns was no original member, he joined in 1994 and left the band sometimes returning in 1999.
(Daniel “Roderick” Death)