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Rest In Metal…We Salute BOLT THROWER Video Essay

The year was 1986, and the band BOLT THROWER was formed in Coventry, England. For 30 years they toured the world, unleashing their own brand of unforgiving DEATH METAL. This week, they called it quits a year after the death of their drummer Martin “Kiddie” Kearns. I feel so lucky that I got to see them live, because they totally blew my fucking mind. BOLT THROWER was one of the few bands that could bring the Punk & Metal heads together in unity! CVLT Nation like to salute them with this huge live footage video essay. Their legacy will fucking live on forever, until we all are head banging in HELL!




Bolt Thrower made this statement:

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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…



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“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

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  1. Ryan

    September 22, 2016 at 5:32 am

    They were due to play in Brisbane not 5 days before he died.. so never ever will see them 🙁

  2. Matt Estrup

    September 17, 2016 at 6:09 am

    Thanks for all of the killer music!

  3. Allen Lee Scott

    September 16, 2016 at 3:58 pm

    R.I.P my first show was Bolthrower with Sacrifice, Massacre around ’90/91

  4. Ceadda S Grizzly

    September 16, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    The Manowar album covers are a little much, but eh, it was the 80s

    • Allen Lee Scott

      September 16, 2016 at 3:56 pm

      Think more D&D RPG artwork than ManOWar… a lot of us kids in the mid80’s were first introduced to the band that way… I think the dice game was Warhammer.

    • Ceadda S Grizzly

      September 16, 2016 at 3:58 pm

      Fair enough… band still rips though.

    • Allen Lee Scott

      September 16, 2016 at 3:59 pm

      I never liked Manowar… fair enough

    • John Perrier

      September 17, 2016 at 12:04 am

      Boltthrower art is all warhammer or 40k art

  5. Robert Rios

    September 16, 2016 at 3:12 pm

    So many years of intense music… what a great ride

  6. Ella Vey

    September 16, 2016 at 1:45 pm


  7. Isaac James Baker

    September 16, 2016 at 12:12 pm

  8. Jonny Streety

    September 16, 2016 at 8:14 am

    They’re a big personal favorite of mine.

  9. Cole Martinez

    September 16, 2016 at 8:00 am

    Wrote some of the best riffs if not best in death metal

  10. Isaac James Baker

    September 16, 2016 at 5:40 am

    RIP Bolt Thrower! I had the tremendous pleasure of seeing them at MDF a few years back. Incredible show. They’re sound is my favorite of all DM bands.

    • Leonard Reibstein

      September 16, 2016 at 12:07 pm

      Most epic pit ever!!!

    • Isaac James Baker

      September 16, 2016 at 1:19 pm

      Do you remember how it was scorching hot – then pouring rain, and so hot under that tent that sweat condensation started forming on the underside of tent top and then falling back down as sweat/rain on everyone? That was nuts.

  11. Howard Aitchison

    September 16, 2016 at 4:37 am

    Great music with unquestionably the best band name of all time.

  12. Ollie Bombard

    September 16, 2016 at 3:50 am

    Jared !!!

  13. Eddie Canul Rodríguez

    September 16, 2016 at 3:40 am

    Mihailov Uicab Canto ya no más Bolt Thrower 💀😪

  14. Heinz Hines

    September 16, 2016 at 2:09 am

    Most badass band ever period

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