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Veteran Metal Pioneer, Bob Muldowney, dies at 44

Veteran Metal Pioneer, Bob Muldowney, died Monday, Nov. 5th after suffering a year-long struggle with a Cardio Myopathy.

Muldowney was best known for his fanzine / magazine "Kick Ass" which helped expose, support and feature bands from Raven, Motorhead, Venom, The Rods, Tank, Exciter, & Riot, to the underground burgeoning thrash scene giving, in some instance,s the first coverage to Slayer, Megadeth, Midevil, and Anthrax. Muldowney was also one of the first journalists to expose the death metal scene in it's infancy, giving early press to Sodom, Hellhammer, Destruction & Bathory. It was Bob's love of true honest metal drove him to deliver a demo tape of a then unknown California band called Metallica into the hands of Rock & Roll Heaven store owner Johnny Z who was advertising with Kick Ass at the time.

Bob's brutally honest approach in his coverage helped Kick Ass develop a deep, loyal following who looked at his writings as "the metal bible". However, financial & distribution difficulties overtook the magazine and Kick Ass's last issue appeared the fall of 1986.

Prior to his passing, Muldowney & fellow Kick-Ass writer, Mike Hannon had begun work on a DVD history of Kick Ass magazine. Muldowney & Hannon have also re-exposed Kick Ass's history on this official myspace site:

http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=53412176.

A Funeral Mass will be held, Wednesdaym Nov. 7th at 9:45 AM at The Queen of the Most Holy Rosary RC Church, Roosevelt, N.Y. Interment is at Holy Rood Cemetery, Westbury, N.Y. Flowers should be sent this Tuesday, November 6th to Cecere-Pensa Funeral Home, 2283 Grand Ave., Baldwin, NY 11510. Phone: 516-223-4200, Fax: 516-223-9829, www.cecerefamilyfunerals.com

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