Bolt Thrower, a British metal band, has announced their official break up.
A year after the band’s drummer, Martin “Kiddie” Kearns, had passed away peacefully in his sleep after becoming ill during rehearsal, the band has split up. Since the drummer’s death, the band had not talked about future plans because they needed time to think about what to do.
The band’s frontman, Karl Willetts, confirmed the split to Metal Hammer, saying: “Yes, I can confirm that Bolt Thrower are definitely over for good. There will be no reunion tours etc… no compromise.”
The band had made a long statement about Martin and the band, and how the band would never replace him. In this statement, the band had said “We spent over 20 years together, touring the world, with three different vocalists, but he was so much more than just a drummer to us. 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.” The band concludes the statemet by saying “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.”
Months before the death of the band’s drummer, the band was set to play at Amnesia Rockfest in June.