Monday, April 6, 2015

KHAOTIKA, WORMREICH Van Crash; 3 Musicians & Fellow Metalheads Killed, 8 Injured

One of the fallen was Nicholas R. Crisostomo (Khaotika), 25, of Round Hill, Virginia, along with Ian A. McKinney, 30, of Madison, Tennessee; and Paul. J. Truesdell, 29, of Mableton, Georgia (both were members of Wormreich).

They were killed at the scene of the crash while they were traveling through Jackson County, Georgia, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Excerpted from AJC:

... the van toting 15 members of the bands Khaotika and Wormreich was on I-85 southbound near Maysville Road on Monday around 7 a.m. when it veered off the road. Authorities believe the driver, identified as 27-year-old Khaotika member and Athens resident Sergio Quesada, fell asleep at the wheel before the vehicle plowed into a tree.

Three people were pronounced dead at the scene, which was about 65 miles northeast of Atlanta: Nicholas Crisostomo, 25, of Round Hill, Va.; Ian A. McKinney, 30, of Madison, Tenn.; and Paul J. Truesdell, 29, of Mableton.

Crisostomo was listed as a member of Khaotika, an Atlanta-based group whose Facebook page describes its music as “melodic occult metal.” McKinney and Truesdell were believed to be members of Wormreich, a Huntsville, Ala.-based band whose Facebook page describes its music as “black metal.”

Eight other people were injured in the crash, the state patrol said, and, as of Monday afternoon, three were in critical condition. Those injured were: Matthew A. Shaner, 31, of Silver Springs, Md.; Jasmine Zarinebaf, 19, of Naperville, Ill.; Kamilla Hayes, 44, of Norcross; Patricia Shoemaker, 49, of Jonesboro; Christopher Pezzano, 45, of Toney, Ala.; Christopher E. Pyle, 27, of Owensboro, Ky.; James C. Berile, 25, of Leesburg, Va.; and Stephen K. Shoemaker, 53, of Jonesboro.

Some victims were taken to Athens Regional Medical Center, while others were transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center, authorities said. It was unclear which were considered in critical condition. Rifkin, the promoter, said Monday afternoon that many of those injured were still in surgery.

Monday night’s show at The Basement, a venue on the lower level of East Atlanta Village’s Graveyard Tavern, was called off because of the deadly wreck.

Khaotika and Wormreich were on a short tour together, playing in Chicago on Friday, St. Louis on Saturday and Spartanburg, S.C., on Sunday. They were scheduled to play Monday night at The Basement, a venue on the lower level of East Atlanta Village’s Graveyard Tavern.

“Tonight’s show at The Basement is cancelled,” a post on the venue’s website said. “The van carrying Wormreich & Khaotika was involved in a serious accident on the way to Atlanta. Our thoughts are with those involved & their families.”

By Monday afternoon, a benefit concert was already scheduled for April 13. It will be held at The Basement.

A fundraising page, dubbed “Memorial for Fallen Metal Brethren,” had also been set up. More than $3,500 had been raised.

“Everybody in the community’s especially touched,” Rifkin said, “because it really could have been any one of us.”
Many of you reading this knew Crisostomo well or had fond memories of seeing both Wormreich and Khaotika. The grief among the metal community is palpable, and my heart is absolutely broken for these men who had so much life left to live.

A tragedy is never so painful than when one's life is cut too short.

That said, I know they have their places reserved in the halls of Valhalla, paradise, the beyond or whatever form takes shape for you when you ponder the afterlife.

They left a potent and powerful mark on those who knew them, heard them perform, or shared in their triumphs and hardships from afar, and that is indication enough of them being amazing people who will endure in their music for eternity.

May that thought bring comfort to the friends, family, and fans that are hurting profoundly at this sudden loss.

Please, please donate to their fundraising campaign. Give whatever you can. If you can't give anything, send them some kind words instead.

And never forget that it only takes an instant for your life to change forever - or end entirely. You are never 100% safe in a car, so you should behave accordingly and drive as though your life depends on it, because it does.

Please be careful out there in this big, dangerous world. You are loved. You are admired. You are important. Your accomplishments matter. You matter. We will be sad if you leave us, so do what you can to stick around as long as you can.

And lastly, go give everyone you love in your life a hug, a kiss, a text message, whatever... just tell them, show them how much you care. Tomorrow is never promised and we cannot return to yesterday, so embrace now like it's the only thing you'll ever have.

Hail the travelers.

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