Metallica‘s Lars Ulrich and Ozzy Osbourne are among the many members of the metal community paying tribute to beloved English rock journalist Malcolm Dome, who passed away recently at age 66.
Dome, who wrote for publications including Kerrang! and Classic Rock magazine, is credited with the first use of the term “thrash metal,” which came to describe the sound of metal giants including Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax.
“Extremely sad to hear of Malcolm Dome’s passing,” Ulrich tweeted. “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.”
Osbourne wrote, “Words cannot express how sorry I feel to hear about the passing of Malcolm Dome. Rest In Peace. God Bless.”
Here are a few other tributes to Dome:
Iron Maiden: “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.”
Mötley Crüe: “Sad to hear about the passing of Malcolm Dome. He was such an important figure for all things rock and metal and championed so many bands over the years. RIP Malcolm.”
Tony Iommi: “Malcolm was a lovely guy, he interviewed me many times and was always positive about the music. He was one of the first journalists to totally get metal. We even worked together last year when he helped me sort out my Wikipedia entry. Sadly missed.”
Geezer Butler: “So sad to hear of the passing of Malcolm Dome, one of rock and metal’s great journalists. It was always a pleasure giving interviews and generally having a chat. RIP Malcolm, you will be missed.”
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