Ray Van Horn, Jr. is a veteran entertainment journalist whose writing and live photography has been featured in Blabbermouth.net, Dee Snider’s House of Hair Online, Fangoria.com, Horror News.net, About.com Heavy Metal, MetalManiacs, New Noise, Music Dish, AMP, Hails & Horns, Unrestrained,Noisecreep, Impose, Pit, The Big Takeover.com, Rough Edge.com, Pitriff and others. His blog The Metal Minute won a “Best Personal Blog” award in 2009 from Metal Hammer magazine and he wrote and produced his own hard rock e-zine, Retaliate.
He has contributed essays to UK author Neil Daniels’ Iron Maiden and ZZ Top biographies. Ray’s fiction has been published in various periodicals and anthologies, including his flash fiction piece “Off the Record” for Akashic Books’ “Mondays Are Murder” noir series. His recent short stories “Before the Ball” and “Widow” were featured in subsequent editions of Alex S. Johnson’s Axes of Evil anthologies. Ray wrote serialized original superhero fiction for Cyber Age Adventures and five of those stories appear in the anthology Playing Solitaire. He was the winner of Quantum Muse’s fiction contest in 1999.
Ray is a former NHL game analyst for The Hockey Nut and one-time host of the forum “Comic Books” at ReadWave. He has done beat reporting, photography and lifestyle articles for Metromix, an affiliate of The Baltimore Sun, Carroll Magazine, The Northern News and The Emmitsburg Dispatch.
Sunday, March 16, 2014
Most "Blab" Worthy Album From My Reviews for Blabbermouth Last Month
From my own home turf of Maryland...
"Maryland rockers Lionize celebrate superheroes, sci-fi, Micro Machines and ballistic missile hit parades in their music, making them kindred spirits to fellow statesmen and fuzz rawk warlords, Clutch. On their fifth album and first for the Clutch-backed Weathermaker Music, Lionize reportedly scrubbed through four notebooks of ideas and parts for thirteen songs. Pared down to the eleven groovy smacks comprising Jetpack Soundtrack, the trio enlisted the help of Clutch, Lamb of God and King Crimson producer Machine plus Jean-Paul Gaster himself to tighten up their songs. Suffice it to say, the dividends are huge."
I just loved Lionize's full-on energy and throwback funk and fuzz plugs on Jetpack Soundtrack. An album where "Galactus and Magneto bounty hunt for Han Solo" is right where I wanna swing my eardrums and hang awhile. Consider this my listenin' lock for the day.
Stay tuned for my full review of Jetpack Soundtrack over at Blabbermouth.