BOLT THROWER, one of death metal’s most iconic bands, has come to an end, one year-on from the tragic passing of drummer Martin ‘Kiddie’ Kearns.
Today marks the one year anniversary of the tragic passing of Martin ‘Kiddie’ Kearns and today the band has announced they will not continue without their fallen comrade. Via the band’s official website, they released a statement which confirms that the band will not continue. Also, sources close to CLRVYNT confirmed the breakup with one of the reps to the band.
“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…
“We are not now that strength which in old days moved earth and heaven; that which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts, made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.”
– Tennyson – 1833″
Vocalist Karl Willetts‘ Twitter page has been flooded with tributes and the vocalist tweeted the following picture showing friends celebrating the life of Martin ‘Kiddie’ Kearns.
I would just like to say thanks for kind words and support shown today by you all. I really appreciate it. ❤️❤️❤️❤️ pic.twitter.com/1dkFzdewtC
— Karl Willetts (@Willettsio) September 14, 2016
RIP Martin ‘Kiddie’ Kearns 07/03/1977 – 14/09/2015
RIP BOLT THROWER