It had been a few years now since Kristiov died, I wish I had the chance to meet him in person. He was one of the first members of Marazene Machine to get a hold of me in 2006. I met Nikk in person for the first time in 2011 as I was just returned from my family reunion. The same year one of my friends from church when I used to go to First Assembly Of God in Wheaton had also passed away a few months earlier. I dedicated Dirty Black Winter to Kristov and to April Derleth. I am not sure if Kristov believed in God or not, but I had no idea when he was alive that he was actually sick from cancer.
This was the real tragedy in the Industrial Metal scene — the surviving members of Marazene Machine recorded a track after doing Livewire by Motley Crue, but losing Kristov to cancer was too hard for them to carry on so Dietech went on to do Beauty In the Suffering and Nikk started doing more work in the studio on his own. Nikk, Apathademon of Fragmentation and I were playing with an idea of forming a Aggrotech Heavy Metal band where all of us spoke of the idea separately but we were too busy with our own respective projects to make it happen. That was the problem I had when I was going to audition for the band Burn The Ship in 2006. Nikk would be playing an 8 string guitar, I would be doing rhythm guitar/the Metallica rasp vocals and Apathademon would handled the programming and the distorted vocals but it would been hard to get the practice space because Apathademon was in Mundeline, Illinois, Nikk was in Chicago, and I was south of Joliet. Nikk currently DJs at The Exit — and I wrote a novella that I dedicate the story to all my friends who had passed away.
think about Kristov as he was mutual friends with Gwen of Grigori 3 and friends with Fashion Bomb. When I reviewed Grigori 3, Fashion Bomb and Marazene Machine — I call them The Industrial Metal Three where they did the revival of Industrial Metal in Chicago. Marazene Machine had the darkly cynical lyrics, Fashion Bomb on the their second album did a Technical Metal version of Industrial, and Grigori 3 was the most spiritual of them. Fashion Bomb did a song about wanting to punch Christ on their first CD, Grigori 3 — the first person they thanked on Exile was God. I thought about Kristov the day I went to The Exit when I went on Easter and that was the first time in a few years that I stepped into a church. That was the day before I found out my grandmother left this world, I had to get away from going in and out of hospitals to visit my grandmother when she was in the hospital. It was driving me mad and it was putting me in states of depression, when my grandfather passed away — I felt like Casey Gordon after he contributed to Tabloid Purposes IV, he lost his inspiration. When I learned of Kristov’s passing it was around the same time when I read about Rick Macias of Sacred Warrior, that was part of the reason I wrote When Angels Wept Blood — the novella was immortalizing Sacred Warrior in literature. Rey is actually curious about what I do as an author — I sort of warned him I do write with explicit profanity, I told him not to read Bloodletting or Room For One More because those two were my two most blasphemous stories. Bloodletting and the story Haunting The Chapel were quite sacrilegious. I told Rey about appearing with Michelle Belanger and a Church of Satan member. The finished but unpublished novella that I wrote to be darkly humorous about the afterlife was my way of coping with the deaths of Kristov, Rick, and a former classmate who died in 2011 — I had a lot of guilt when this former classmate died because the last thing I called him was a bastard. I picked up the CD by Bloodline Severed that was showcased on the Bombworks Records sampler at the same time as I picked up Marazene Machine’s CD. I wish I bought Marazene Machine’s CD when it first came out but I was too broke at the time and when I did have money it went to my medicine for bronchitis. When I got in touch with the guys — I was just joining Naked Snake Press. I am friends with the guys but not as close as I am with the members of Grigori 3, Sacred Warrior or Neutral Red. Of the Bombworks roster, Bloodline Severed was the first of the bands I introduced to the secular metal scene in Chicago — they sent me their original version of the CD as it was produced from a home studio as Empyrean Sky does with their releases. I listen to Solemn Goodbye and I think of both Kristov and Rick.
Source: Myself and the Official Marazene Myspace page
Kristopher Kemp was born on October, 28th 1974. He spent most of his early years in the Naperville, IL area and attended Naperville High School.
KRISTOV, as he was known to his friends and fans, was a founding member of Chicago’s MARAZENE, whose accomplishments include the soundtrack to the MATRIX Revolutions and MATRIX: Recalibrated, as well as one self-released album, ‘MachiNation’. Kristov performed with Marazene from 2001-2007, participated in multiple National tours with MARAZENE from 2006-2007, and appeared in several videos for the band.
Kristov also toured Nationally with New York’s BILE in 2002.
Kristov was first diagnosed with intestinal cancer in May 2006 and had surgery to remove a cancerous growth and numerous lymph nodes followed by chemotherapy for much of the remainder of the year. Despite the intensive treatment, he continued to perform with Marazene as they toured the Midwest…
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