Mario Comesanas, Remembered. R.I.P.
One year ago today, Sirius XM Liquid Metal DJ and former Revolver Promotions Director Mario Comesanas passed away due to an aggressive form of leukemia with which he had only been very recently diagnosed. He was just 30 year old.
Comesanas started his broadcast career at WSOU in his home state of New Jersey, spinning not only metal and hardcore but also local emo bands like Thursday and My Chemical Romance, both of whom he championed early in their careers. He joined the Sirius XM team in 2002 as one of the original satellite metal DJs.
Four years later he was hired by Revolver as our Promotions Director. He got the magazine involved in events like New England Metal Fest, Rock and Shock, and the Black N Blue Bowl/Superbowl of Hardcore, as well as spearheading our “Bootleg” program, through which we debuted exclusive music from bands such as Throwdown and Walls of Jericho online. In 2008, he was our tour manager on the inaugural Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, running the Revolver tent on the whole tour, a job he would do again in 2009 and 2010. It was while working on last year’s Mayhem that he met his fiancée Liz.
Amid it all, Comesanas was always making his own music, as the frontman of his longtime death-metal band December Aeternalis and, right before his death, as the vocalist of new hardcore group Low Road, who had just finished recording their debut with producer—and the guitarist of one of his favorite bands, Life of Agony—Joey Z.
We at Revolver remember him as a fun-loving colleague (who was always up for a “smoking” break), a fierce mosh-pit ally (Sick of It All shows will not be the same), a passionate fellow defender of the heavy-music faith, and just an all-around awesome, chill, big-hearted dude. Rest in peace.