Martin Kearns

Martin Kearns
Martin Kearns - 01.jpg
Background information
Also known as Kiddie
Born (1977-03-07)7 March 1977
Died 14 September 2015(2015-09-14) (aged 38)
Genres Death metal
Instruments Drums
Years active 1994–2015
Labels Metal Blade
Associated acts Bolt Thrower

Martin Kearns (7 March 1977 – 14 September 2015) was an English drummer, specializing in death metal, known for his association with Bolt Thrower since 1994. He joined the band at age 17 after playing in several local bands in Coventry, playing anything from metal to reggae; he had been playing pub gigs since the age of 14.

Bolt Thrower

Martin Kearns

Kearns subsequently left due to personal reasons in 1998, he returned to Bolt Thrower in 2000. Martin was the longest standing drummer for Bolt Thrower. He recorded drums on both the Honour-Valour-Pride album, and on Those Once Loyal, the latter of which has been met with widespread critical acclaim from magazines such as Rock Sound, Rock Hard and Metal Hammer.[citation needed]


Kearns died unexpectedly at the age of 38, on 14 September 2015.[1] The band posted on Sputnikmusic that Kearns reported breathing troubles and lightheadedness during a practice session, and, after trying to relax with a shower and nap, was found to have died peacefully in his sleep from a heart attack.[2] The following year, the remaining members of Bolt Thrower eventually decided to dissolve the band rather than replace Kearns, with frontman Karl Willetts stating, "I can confirm that Bolt Thrower are definitely over for good. There will be no reunion tours etc... no compromise."[3]


Drum kit use for the recording of Those Once Loyal.

Studio albums:


  1. ^ "Bolt Thrower Tour Cancelled Due To Tragedy". 17 September 2015. Retrieved 18 September 2015.
  2. ^ "Sputnikmusic Bolthrower".
  3. ^ "Bolt Thrower Officially Splits Up: 'There Will Be No Reunion Tours'". 16 September 2015. Retrieved 16 September 2015.

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