The pioneering rock and metal journalist and long-term contributor to Classic Rock, Prog, Metal Hammer and Louder, Malcolm Dome, has passed away at age 66.
Dome had an illustrious and celebrated career which stretched back to working for Record Mirror magazine in the late 70s and Metal Fury in the early 80s before joining Kerrang! at its launch in 1981.
Dome had an illustrious and celebrated career which stretched back to working for Record Mirror magazine in the late 70s and Metal Fury in the early 80s before joining Kerrang! at its launch in 1981. Among other things, Dome is credited with inventing the term “thrash metal” while writing about the ANTHRAX song “Metal Thrashing Mad” in 1984. He would later become a founding member of RAW rock magazine in 1988.
In the early 1990s, he was the editor-in-chief of Metal Forces magazine and participated in the horror film magazine Terror, and then returned to Kerrang! As a spell. With the launch of Classic Rock magazine in 1988, he participated in the magazine’s sister magazine, Metal Hammer, and has been a contributor to Prog magazine since its inception in 2009.
“Malcolm was a great friend to me from the very first time I met him as a writer just starting out, as he was for many other writers as well,” says Ewing. “The word legend gets bandied around far too often these days but Malcolm most certainly was. He had an encyclopaedic knowledge about music and was one of the most genuinely widely loved and respected men I know. I will miss him terribly.”