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Monday, December 08, 2008

RIP Adrian "The Energizer" Bromley



Five minutes before I got on the horn with Rob Halford this evening, I learned of the unfortunate passing of a friend, editor and colleague, Adrian "The Energizer" Bromley. He was only 37 years young.

Adrian hired me to write for Unrestrained magazine earlier this year and prior to that, we got to know each other when he repped The End Records. I feel like Adrian was my connection to Crisis and Subterranean Masquerade after my buddies at the label initiated contact on those and many more of their high-caliber artists. Adrian recently started his own publicity house, Ixmati Media, and it already hurts to look at the pile of albums I've yet to spin and review under his banner.

For my getting to know Crisis alone, Adrian, thank you. For calling me on Saturdays with excitement about something I wrote for you, thank you. For agreeing to let me interview Atsuo of Boris for you, a hell of a thank you; that was an enrichening experience. Ditto for Lemmy; I can't thank you enough for opening a spot at zero hour for me to get him for Unrestrained. Thank you for letting me bring you Jon Schaffer of Iced Earth, Ihsahn and everybody else to those pages I've been a part of for so short a time in the grand scheme, but feel like I've been a part of much longer.

For being a brother of metal, mega thank yous. I'm very upset to learn of your passing and will see you again on the other side. Rob passed his condolences to you and your family; that's about as metal as anything I've ever been privilege to...

9 comments:

The Mule said...

That was a nice tribute, Ray. All of us at U! are still in shock over Adrian's passing. He was a helluva guy and a true original.

Scott Alisoglu said...

Very, very well written, Ray. I'm as stunned as you and am also grateful Adrian invited me to write for Unrestrained, a true honor for me. We've lost one of our own and it is so, so sad.

Scott Alisoglu

Ray Van Horn, Jr. said...

appreciate those words from you guys and I'm still in a bit of shock...I may not have been in his immediate circle, but there was enough back and forth between us for me to call him friend... very sad

David Amulet said...

A great personal tribute--well done. It honors his memory and gives us a small window into the man.

Jay H. Gorania said...

Adrian made a tremendous impact. Enough can't be said about him, Ray.

Tom said...

Adrian was a lifer...I'm still in shock. His work will always live on, a true sign of the man himself.

Ray Van Horn, Jr. said...

I too am still shocked. Another of his Ixmati clients trickled into my mailbox and that was hard to stomach. I interviewed The Amenta a few years back and I was unaware they were working with Adrian. Damn.

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