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, May 25, 2014

Sunday Triple Play - 5/25/14

Happy Memorial Day weekend, folks!

This week's triple play hits diverse stations (as you should expect from me), leading off with some John Bush era Anthrax and the savage opening number from Sound of White Noise, "Potter's Field."  I'm more a fan of Joey Belladonna in Anthrax, but Bush was a terrific addition during his tenure and this is one of Anthrax's best written tunes ever.  Meaty stuff with some of the most crushing riffs in metal you'll snap your neck to.

Next is probably my favorite trip hop/lounge song of all-time, "Pure & Easy" from The Dining Rooms.  I love this cut's groove, the echo chamber loop and the desert-dusted guitar plunking away.  Cooler than cool.  Last for this week comes from ska heroes The Specials and "Hey Little Rich Girl" from their left-of-center, experimental More Specials albumI've always dug their merge between ska and fifties rock 'n roll on this slick, catchy number, so dig in with some Two Tone before you fire up the grill later in the day. 

Nothing like a little extra bounce for a three-day weekend!


Anthrax - "Potter's Field"


The Dining Rooms - "Pure & Easy"


The Specials - "Hey Little Rich Girl"

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