Today, we honor the passing of a great man. Martin Kearns, also known as Kiddie, was the drummer for the legendary Death Metal unit Bolt Thrower. The music they created together was steeped in warfare and Warhammer 40,000 mythos – raw and visceral. But the man himself was a good friend and an idol to many the world over. He will be deeply missed by the metal community and beyond.

R.I.P. Martin Kearns

Here are the words from the band in this time:

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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