Bolt Thrower Vow to “Pay Off Debt” to Late Drummer Martin “Kiddie” Kearns

  • Axl Rosenberg

Bolt Thrower broke up following the untimely death of their drummer, Martin “Kiddie” Kearns, in 2015… but does that mean they’re never gonna release anything ever again? This new message on their website seems to suggest otherwise:

Today would have been Kiddie’s 40th Birthday, it’s a day of sadness, but also of great memories, and we hope you’ll join us and raise a glass to an absent friend.

We take comfort in the knowledge that his bloodline, and legacy as a father, will live on through his sons Leon and Max, his legacy as a man lives on in the hearts and minds of everyone who had the honour and privilege to call him their friend, and his legacy as an amazing drummer will live on through his music.

But sadly due to various circumstances, Kiddie only ever got to release 2 albums with Bolt Thrower, despite being in the band for 20 years and playing hundreds of shows, and we owe his unswerving loyalty and drumming legacy so much more.

This is a debt we’ll start to pay off soon…

Here’s to you Kiddie!


What form could this fulfillment of debt take? Metal Injection speculates that it could be a live album or demos from the never-to-be-completed follow-up to 2005’s Those Once Loyal. Both possibilities seem plausible to me. But honestly at this point anything to give us Bolt Thrower fans a little bit of closure would be swell.

You’ll know more when we do.

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