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"It's been a pleasure flagging up all these different artistes. They deserved a decent send-off. As does TIMJ, so no histrionics from me. RIP will continue until September 25th. I will be back with this feature on "God's Jukebox" at http://www.godsjukebox.com/selections/username/Rest_In_Peace/. Best wishes to all."
Martin Kearns was born in Coventry, England, on March 7th 1977. He joined the band 'Bolt Thrower' in 1994 at the age of 17, after appearing with several local bands playing anything from 'metal' to 'reggae' (he had actually been playing pub gigs since the age of 14). Replacing co-founder Andrew Whale on drums, he put in a total of 18 years with the British 'death metal' legends - first from 1994 to 1997, and once again from 2000 until his death.
Kearns had left due to "personal reasons" in 1997, but these were put aside when he returned to 'Bolt Thrower' in 2000, and he became the longest standing of their drummers. As well as touring Europe with them in 1995 and 1996, in his second stint he contributed his talents to their albums "Honour – Valour – Pride" in 2001 and "Those Once Loyal" in 2005, the latter of which was met with widespread critical acclaim from industry magazines.
Martin Kearns died unexpectedly in his sleep in England on September 14th 2015, at the age of 38. Due to this bereavement, an Australian tour scheduled for this year has been cancelled by the group. http://loudwire.com/bolt-thrower-drummer-martin-kiddie-kearns-dies-38/
Good god, drummer in Bolt Thrower at 17. That's a dream gig.
( And playing in pubs at 14!)