Dome was known for coining the term “thrash metal” and his 1980 book Encyclopedia Metallica has long been thought to have inspired Metallica’s name upon their formation.
The journalist had been writing about rock and heavy metal since 1979. In addition to publishing several books on artists including AC/DC, Metallica and Led Zeppelin, Dome also edited and/or contributed to a number of music magazines including Record Mirror, Metal Hammer, Kerrang!, Classic Rock, Metal Forces, Louder and Prog.
Lars Ulrich of Metallica wrote in a tribute: “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.”
Former Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi said: “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.”
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. https://t.co/9chlIVjSMm
— Lars Ulrich (@larsulrich) November 1, 2021
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. – Tonyhttps://t.co/Te8hippkxB
— Tony Iommi (@tonyiommi) November 1, 2021
Elsewhere, Ozzy Osbourne, who formerly fronted Black Sabbath wrote: “Words cannot express how sorry I feel to hear about the passing of Malcolm Dome. Rest In Peace. God Bless.”
Words cannot express how sorry I feel to hear about the passing of Malcolm Dome. Rest In Peace. God Bless
— Ozzy Osbourne (@OzzyOsbourne) November 1, 2021
Dome also wrote sleeve notes for various album reissues, including those by German thrashers Kreator whose frontman Mille Petrozza wrote: “Shocked to hear about Malcolm Dome’s passing today. Malcolm wrote all liner notes for the recent @kreatorofficial reissues, including ‘Enemy Of God’ and ‘Hordes Of Chaos’, still on the horizon.
“We talked on Skype for hours and Malcolm knew more about my band’s past, than I could remember myself. He was a true music lover and one of the funniest people out there. Working with Malcolm never felt like actual work.”
Prog editor Jerry Ewing co-wrote a number of books on rock and metal bands with Dome including Encyclopedia Metallica. He said in his tribute [via Louder]: “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.
“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.”
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.https://t.co/TugyUrnaDU
— Frank Turner (@frankturner) November 1, 2021
Extremely sad to hear about the passing of legendary journalist/writer Malcolm Dome. He was a lovely, gentle man and time spent with him was always time well spent. We'll all miss him, a huge loss to the music world.
— THERAPY? (@therapyofficial) November 1, 2021
So sorry to hear of the passing of Malcolm Dome.
I knew Malcolm for forty plus years, he loved his music, was an accomplished writer and a fervent football man, so we had a lot in common.
I, and all he knew, mourn him. My deepest condolences to his family & many friends. RIP. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/i9gw7jnKjk
— Bernie Marsden (@Bernie_Marsden) November 1, 2021
So sad to see Malcolm Dome has left us. He was an amazing writer, a passionate supporter of UK rock music and a great sport, even after we trashed his desk at the Kerrang! offices.
Another very dark day for UK rock music. I will miss him so much. 💔
— Ginger Wildheart (@GingerWildheart) November 1, 2021
Dome is credited with inventing the term “thrash metal” while writing about the Anthrax song ‘Metal Thrashing Mad’ in February 1984. Before that point, bands including Anthrax and Metallica had labelled their music “power metal”.
He is also remembered for his work on Total Rock Radio, which launched as Rock Radio Network in 1997.