MARAZENE MACHINE: Darkest Chapter In Bands History Detailed In Ongoing Tribute To Fallen Drummer

Posted: October 29, 2010 in Marazene Machine, music, news, tour dates
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MARAZENE MACHINE multi-instrumentalist and co-founder Dietrich Thrall has posted the third part in an ongoing tribute to Kristopher “Kristov” Kemp, who passed away in January of 2009 after a three year battle with colon cancer, at his official blogzine www.It’

With the publishing of the third chapter, which coincides with the fallen members birthday (10.28), DieTrich delves into some of the darker behind-the-scenes moments while the independent band struggled to survive and explains the reason why the band decided to go public with the struggle:

“For a long time Kris had made it clear he wanted his health situation to remain a private and family matter. I rarely spoke about the situation with anyone other than Kris or close friends. But when he found he was unable to participate with our Fall ’07 tour plans I suggested that Kris’s struggle was one that people should be aware of because (unfortunately) cancer is so prevalent. I was convinced people would understand and relate. Also because I thought his unique and individual struggle should be understood. That he was fighting something so overwhelming. I wanted to let Kris know that he wouldn’t be alone in facing this fight.”

The tribute also details one of the bands darkest moments during which the struggling drummer would quit the band and how the band coped with this under the immense pressure:

“The rigors of the road coupled with a little too much of the general clautrophobic nature of touring and a run-in with a band member that I was also having problems with at the time, which is all too typical for bands, proved to be a little too frustrating for Kris. It didn’t help that the night before in Milwaukee his truck, which had been hauling all of our gear, had been broken into. It also didn’t help that the majority of items missing from the truck were his. It was a karmic bitch-slap that seemed out of place considering everything going on in his life. He informed me via a phone call on Sunday, November 11th at around 3PM that he was no longer interested in performing with the band for the final show or any show thereafter. The show he refused to play was our welcome home Chicago show.”

In another key passage, DieTrich notes a level of acrimony the band experienced first-hand hand while trying to prevent the band from falling apart:

There was and continues to be, without a doubt, persons out there that loved to watch every minute of our struggle and who wanted to see our band fold under the pressure. But no amount of negative energy can tear down what Kris, Nikk, and myself have done and everything we have done is merely prologue to what we as MARAZENE MACHINE hope to achieve in the coming months and years.

Said DieTrich about the latest revelations:

“I still feel as though I’m coming to terms with different aspects of the struggle as I’m sure most people are. It hasn’t been a peachy ride but it’s something that you learn to appreciate more as time goes by – meaning – in remembrance, the subtleties – the things that I think I was supposed to learn from – seem to glow a little brighter around the edges. And I think to myself – this is what I was supposed to take from this experience. This is what is important.

In moving forward as Kris wanted us to do – I try to reach for that core sense of purpose that we initially strived for.

A fourth and final chapter is expected to be published in late January.

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