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, June 1, 2014

Sunday Triple Play - 6/1/14

This week's Triple Play takes you back to the glory days of British hardcore with G.B.H. (or Charged G.B.H. as they've also been known) and one of their unsung classics, "Midnight Madness and Beyond."  I've had to review so many contemporary hardcore and metalcore albums lately and not a lick of 'em sound proper like this.  Dive in, mosh it up and try not to yell "Oi!" along your way.

Next is art savant, crossover specialist and badass femme fatale Grace Jones in her dub-splashed "Private Life" from her brilliant Warm Leatherette album, one of the rare records that I don't slag for having two covers, since both are amazing.  Finally comes the prog-ambient instrumental duo Zombi and their adventurous nineteen-minute sound scape, "Night Rhythms."  Trust me, this journey is worth each and every minute.  Though they sound like Tangerine Dream and Vangelis in spots on this one, Zombi frequently has the propensity to make you feel like you've stumbled into a John Carpenter flick.  One of my favorite groups on the scene today.

G.B.H. - "Midnight Madness and Beyond"

Grace Jones - "Private Life"

Zombi - "Night Rhythms"

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