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Bolt Thrower drummer dies at 38

September 17th, 2015

The long time Bolt Thrower drummer Martin “Kiddie” Kearns has passed away. Bolt Thrower has issued the following statement

“With the heaviest of hearts, and still numb from shock, we have to share the very sad news that on Monday 14th September Bolt Thrower lost our powerhouse drummer, Martin ‘Kiddie’ Kearns.

After the first rehearsal for our upcoming tour of Australia, Kiddie suddenly felt unwell which continued throughout the night, and the next day he passed away peacefully in his sleep.

He was a fantastic Dad, husband, son, friend, but to us he was always ‘Kiddie’, the same 17 year old Coventry kid whose drumming style and personality blew us away when he first walked into our rehearsal room 20+ years ago.

Kiddie enriched our lives, and the Bolt Thrower sound. He leaves a massive hole in the lives of everyone who knew him and will be very sorely missed by many.

Karl, Jo, Baz, Gav & the loyal BT crew”

Sadly for us this means cancelling the upcoming Australian tour given these tragic and unforeseen circumstances.

We’d like to thank everyone who has supported the tour in some way, words cannot describe how disappointed we feel for all of you who were so excited to finally see Bolt Thrower perform again on Australian soil.

We’ll be contacting ticket holders for all shows over the next few days about their options for obtaining a refund.

Black Conjuration Fest in Adelaide will go still ahead on the scheduled dates but we appreciate your understanding and support as we figure out how to move forward during this most difficult time.

RIP Martin ‘Kiddie’ Kearns
07.03.77 – 14.09.15″

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Damnation Festival 2014

November 26th, 2014

Damnation Festival

@ Leeds University, Leeds

2nd November 2014

Review by Caitlin Smith & Ben Spencer

Photography by Graham Hilling

Damnation 2014

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Tuska Open Air – Suvilahti Helsinki Finland

August 29th, 2013

Tuska festival




The Tuska Open Air Festival is definitely a real metal festival institution amongst all other metal festivals in Europe. This current area, Suvilahti, almost located in the heart of Helsinki, only a few kilometers away from the downtown, is the new home for Tuska for the second time. Suvilahti is more like an industrial environment with burning and hot asphalt underfoot. Tuska faced a serious battle to pull the audience as another festival named Rock The Beach was arranged on the same weekend in the Helsinki area. The line-up of that festival mostly pulled the normal radio friendly audience whereas the die-hard metal freaks arrived at the Tuska Open Air Festival. Tuska however managed to pull about 25.000 visitors during the weekend. That was pretty good as the line-up did look good, not that tempting to pull a mainstream audience.

Nightwish and Testament, and of course the legendary Danish King Diamond were headliners, but of course a few cult metal bands like Bolt Thrower, Lama, had to be  witnessed. The festival was an nice success although the event wasn’t sold out. was present to check out a lot of bands and enjoy the metal in different forms.

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February 18th, 2013


REALM OF CHAOS, the classic 1989 album from British death metal legends BOLT THROWER, has been remastered with Full Dynamic Range audio and is available now on CD/DVD and limited edition vinyl LP.

REALM OF CHAOS is the band’s second full-length album and their Earache Records debut, which cemented the band’s position in 1989 among the heaviest of the underground scene.  The album features new artwork from the original artist, JOHN SIBBICK.

The album has been specially remastered from the original tapes using Full Dynamic Range (FDR) mastering, allowing the music’s nuances to shine through, giving the whole album a more ferocious and dynamic sound and enabling the listener to immerse themselves in the full audio heaviness like never before.

For more information about Full Dynamic Range audio, go to

The REALM OF CHAOS Full Dynamic Range CD includes a bonus DVD featuring a full, previously-unreleased live performance from the legendary 1989 “Grindcrusher” tour.  The album is also available on limited edition vinyl.

Get the REALM OF CHAOS Full Dynamic Range edition now in Europe at or get the European import in North America at

The REALM OF CHAOS Full Dynamic Range edition is also available now on iTunes at

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BOLT THROWER announce “Return To Chaos” US tour

February 14th, 2013

Bolt Thrower have continued their ‘quality not quantity’ approach to playing live and that has definitely paid off. In 2010 they played a number of shows and festivals across Europe, and from playing more intimate underground shows (in keeping with their roots), they can also pull off playing to a festival crowd of 30,000 people. That’s why, as they reached and moved beyond their 25th Anniversary, Bolt Thrower are still at the top of their game.

Finally, after only a handful of North American dates in the past few years, limited to Maryland Deathfest, Bolt Thrower has announced the Return To Chaos tour! The band will perform seven shows across the US in May. The confirmed dates are listed below, and include Maryland Deathfest, Chaos in Tejas, as well as club shows in Pomona, CA, Seattle, WA, Chicago, IL, and more.

Bolt Thrower adds: “And it’s our pleasure to announce that for all the club shows we’ll be sharing the stage with our fellow compatriots Benediction; and for the Pomona and Oakland shows we’ll also be joined by the mighty Autopsy!”

05/23 Baltimore, MD Maryland Deathfest
05/25 Pomona, CA The Glass House w/ Autopsy and Benediction
05/26 Oakland, CA Metro Operahouse w/ Autopsy and Benediction
05/28 Portland, OR Star Theater w/ Benediction
05/29 Seattle, WA Neumos w/ Benediction
05/31 Austin, TX Chaos In Tejas
06/01 Chicago, IL Reggies w/ Benediction

More Bolt Thrower vinyl for has been pressed for North America! Those who missed out on Those Once Loyal, Honour Valour Pride, and Mercenary last time around can now order vinyl on

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BOLT THROWER vinyl re-issues available for pre-order in the US, and out now in Europe!

November 2nd, 2011

On Janaury 17th, 2012, Metal Blade will re-issue the three BOLT THROWER albums Mercenary, Honour Valour Pride and Those Once Loyal on vinyl. All three albums are Gatefold LPs in coloured vinyl! Make sure to pre-order your copies ASAP since orders are going fast: Metal Blade Records Europe released their versions on October 21st/24th, and can be ordered now!

BOLT THROWER comments on their 25th Anniversary: “Anniversaries are kind of easy to achieve. For a band, just don’t split up and you’ll reach one, whether it’s 10, 20 or 35 years. And this year we’ve reached ’25 years of not splitting up’!

We managed to stop others from making a big fuss about it, and didn’t give in to the numerous offers and suggestions on how we should cash in on it! But it has made us appreciate the opportunities we’ve been given since 1986, and that we’ve been able to do everything we wanted to do without compromising in any way. We’ve been lucky enough to have played a lot of killer shows with great bands and met a lot of very cool people over the years, and we think that’s the stuff that deserves some kind of celebration.

So, we want to organize a Bolty Birthday Bash, where we can reunite with some of these bands and invite you, the people who have supported us over the last 25 years. We were hoping to have everything worked out by now, but it turns out organizing a free show comes with its own unique problems, but we’ll get there in the end! Well, that’s all we can say for now, there will be more news to come soon, so keep checking back.”

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Bolt Thrower- Barry Thompson and Karl Willetts

May 14th, 2006

Interview by Arto Lehtinen

Transcription by Gemma Ellis (Thanks!)

Last year, the long time British death metal war mongers Bolt Thrower released a brilliant album called THOSE ONCE LOYAL. The band kicked off a long European tour that for the first time ever saw Bolt Thrower finally visit Finland. It was a plesant suprise to have the opportunity to talk to both Karl and Barry before they unleashed one hell of a gig at Nosturi in front of over 500 maniacs.

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Bolt Thrower, Amoral, HellBox : Nosturi, Helsinki, Finland

April 25th, 2006


The 18th of April 2005
Nosturi, Helsinki Finland

Review and pics by Arto Lehtinen

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