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Malcolm Dome, a longtime music journalist who covered primarily metal and hard rock, has died aged 66. The veteran writer is credited with coining the term “thrash metal” in an article on Anthrax in 1984.
The British journalist made his debut in the 1970s, writing for Recording mirror and Metal fury magazines, before landing with Kerrang! when it was launched in 1981. His death was reported by the site Stronger, which includes magazines Program, Classic rock, and Metal hammer, to which Dome contributed during his long career as a journalist.
In 1981, Dome published a book titled Metallica Encyclopedia, which may have inspired the name of the legendary metal band. 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 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 has written or co-authored several books on rock, including those focusing on AC / DC, Metallica and Led Zeppelin. A selection of his works can be found at his author’s page on Amazon.
His impact on music journalism is evident in the tributes that have poured in since news of his death first broke. Iron Maiden tweeted: “We are all very saddened and shocked to learn of the passing of our friend Malcolm Dome. He was fearless, fearless, passionate and outspoken as a journalist and lately as a broadcaster and we respected him tremendously. “
Phil Campbell of Motörhead added: “I am so sorry that Malcolm Dome has left us. He was a champion of great rock music and a supporter of Motörhead until [my own band] Phil Campbell and the bastard sons. RIP Malcolm.
Frank Turner wrote: “Totally devastated to learn of the passing of Malcolm Dome, far too soon. He was a Million Dead supporter from the start, 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. To learn more about his career, see a tribute to the Kerrang! website.
See Dome discussing the differences between the breakup bands in the US and UK in the video clip below, followed by a handful of tributes on Twitter.