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 15, 2014

Sunday Triple Play - 6/15/14 Noise Therapy for Dads Father's Day Edition

Let's face it, dads, the job ain't easy.  We all wanna rage from time-to-time, since raising chitlins is more ingrained the female DNA than ours.  We sometimes have to work a bit harder to get our acts together when our children drive us bonkers.  It's no lie; kids are hard to like at times, especially (as a generalized statement) with the piss-poor raising values from the younger generations of parents. 

I'm an old dog daddy to a six-year-old.  Just like when I was pissed off as a teenager, I turn to music to purge those rotating feelings of anger and anxiety when all I want to do is jump into a hole and hope everything annoying blows over when the role of fatherhood sends things to flash point.  There's no such luxury, obviously, so I take it upon myself, as a father to lay down some crazy racket (usually in the car) so I can go a little wacko and then come back to the table with all my cards lined up. 

For all you dads out there, you know what I'm talking about.  You may or may not jive with these three noise bombs, but they're all pushed to edge, exuberant, honest, raw, loud as hell and hopefully you'll take their intended vibe.  They're the sounds of rebellion, because we, as fathers, need to always remember what young angst feels and sounds like once our collective brood hits that critical teen junction in life.  We can stay empathetic accordingly, and in the process, go freaking nuts ourselves for a little bit.

Cheers, dads...

The (International) Noise Conspiracy - "The Reproduction of Death"

Refused - "New Noise"

Reverend Horton Heat - "Psychobilly Freakout" Live at Studio 22, 2001

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