R.I.P. Malcolm Dome, Veteran Music Journalist Who Coined the Term “Thrash Metal” Dies at 66

The UK journalist primarily covered metal and hard rock

Journalist Malcolm Dome dies
Malcolm Dome, via YouTube

    Malcolm Dome, a longtime music journalist who primarily covered metal and hard rock, has died at the age of 66. The veteran writer is credited with coining the term “thrash metal” in an article about Anthrax in 1984.

    The UK journalist got his start in the 1970s, writing for Record Mirror and Metal Fury magazines, before landing with Kerrang! upon its launch in 1981. His passing was reported by the website Louder, which encompasses the magazines Prog, Classic Rock, and Metal Hammer, all of which Dome contributed to during his lengthy journalism career.

    In 1981, Dome put out a book called Encyclopedia Metallica, which may have inspired the legendary metal band’s name. More directly, he referred to Anthrax’s music as “thrash metal” while writing about the band’s song “Metal Thrashing Mad” in an article for Kerrang! magazine. Of course, that term would go on to describe Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, and countless other bands.


    Dome was also the Editor of Metal Forces magazine and a major contributor to Total Rock Radio. In addition, he wrote or co-wrote several rock books, including ones focused on AC/DC, Metallica, and Led Zeppelin. A selection of his works can be found at his author page on Amazon.

    His impact on music journalism is evident in the tributes that have poured in since news of his passing was revealed. Iron Maiden tweeted, “We are all very much saddened and shocked to hear about the passing of our friend Malcolm Dome. He was fearless, intrepid, passionate and forthright as a journalist and latterly a broadcaster and we respected him immensely.”

    Ozzy Osbourne wrote, “Words cannot express how sorry I feel to hear about the passing of Malcolm Dome. Rest In Peace. God Bless.”

    Metallica’s Lars Ulrich remembered Dome by writing, “Extremely sad to hear of Malcolm Dome’s passing. Not only was he an incredible talent who helped guide my relationship with heavy music, but he was also a great person. Today, I’m thinking of the fun, memorable times we spent together back in the day.”

    Motörhead’s Phil Campbell added, “Very sorry to here that Malcolm Dome has left us. He was a champion of great rock music and a supporter of ⁦Motörhead all the way through to [my own band] Phil Campbell and the Bastard Sons. RIP Malcolm.”


    Frank Turner wrote, “Totally gutted to hear of Malcolm Dome’s passing, far too early. He was a supporter of Million Dead from the get-go, always a friendly, charming and kind face, incredibly knowledgeable and a legendary journalist. A sad day for music.”

    We here at Heavy Consequence thank Malcolm Dome for helping to pave the way for metal and hard-rock journalism. Our condolences go out to his family and friends during this difficult time. More on his career can be found in a tribute on the Kerrang! website.

    See Dome discuss the differences between bands breaking in the US and UK in the video clip below, followed by a handful of Twitter tributes.


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