Martin “Kiddie” Kearns, born on March 7, 1977 and died September 14, 2015, he was an English drummer, specializing in death metal, known for his association with Bolt Thrower.
Martin joined Bolt Thrower when Andrew Whale left in 1994.
Martin joined the band when he was seventeen years old, 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 was the first professional band in which he played, and, due to his age, his nickname was ‘Kiddie’.
Martin was known for his hard hitting style, probably due to having a significant John Bonham influence in his playing style.
Martin subsequently left due to personal reasons in 1998.
Band and fans alike were happy that he returned to Bolt Thrower in 2000.
Kearns 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.
Martin Kearns died unexpectedly at the age of 38 on September 14, 2015.