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Marazene Drummer Kristopher Kemp Passes Away

Kristopher "Kristov" Kemp, drummer and a founder of Chicago's very own MARAZENE has passed away due to complications with his fight with cancer.

Kristov's friend and bandmate DieTrich Thrall wrote an impromptu obituary which has been posted on the band's Myspace page and the text of which follows:

"On Monday, January 26th, Kristopher Kemp passed away due to complications from his fight against cancer. He was 34.

"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 participated in multiple National tours with MARAZENE from 2006-2007 and appeared in several videos for the band. [ which are posted on the bands youtube channel http://www.youtube.com/user/marazenemachine ]

"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 and Nationally with such acts as MUSHROOMHEAD, PSYCLON NINE, DEADSTAR ASSEMBLY, and THE HUMAN ABSTRACT.

"Kristov is survived by his parents, John and Marcia Kemp, his sister Erin Kemp, his nephew Liam, and his dog Petunia. Another dog, Schmoo, who recently passed away is looking forward to hanging out with Kristov once again as they both wait patiently for all his friends in this life to join him sometime in the future."

The following information re: Memorial services has been provided by the Kemp family:

Thursday, January 29th 5:30-8:00pm

Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home
44 South Mill Street
Naperville, Illinois 60540
Phone: (630) 355-0213

Everyone is welcome to attend.

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1. Saugat writes:

oh sh** feel sorry to hear that

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2. cole train writes:

ohh soo sorry

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3. Txmetalhead writes:

I had the pleasure of meeting Marazene once. They are nice guys. This must really be tough for them, right now. Rest in Peace - metal bro!!

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4. wilco writes:

rip brother
whats going on the last few days everybody seems to die
listening to pantera cowboys from hell

# Feb 3, 2009 @ 6:37 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. StabbingTheDrama writes:

Man, I'm really sad to hear that. My old band played with them in the past. Great guys and they put on a heck of a show! RIP Kristopher

We really need to find a cure for cancer, it's killing so many people.

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6. Blindgreed1 writes:

Wilco: Put a shirt on damn it! lol.

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7. marzene fan 24/7 writes:

R.I.P. Kristov!! You are missed! The band members are awesome ROCKERS!
KRISTOV might be gone...but through his music...he remains with us!
He will NEVER be forgotten. And to 'HE HE HE HE'...your comment seems inappropriate
(at a time like this). Why did you even post anything? What an insult!!
I beg to differ...MARAZENE (to me) are one the best Industrial Metal bands out there!
MARAZENE FAN ---FOR LIFE!!!

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