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, February 21, 2016

Sunday Triple Play: 2/21/16

This week's edition of Sunday Triple Play has the theme of "What's Ray reviewing for Blabbermouth this month?"  While I have a big handful of albums to take on in February, I also have three videos on my plate:  Twisted Sister's docufilm "We Are Twisted F***ing Sister," The Jam's "About the Young Idea" and Rigor Mortis' "Welcome to Your Funeral:  The Story of Rigor Mortis Part 1." 

If you're a media reviewer, you know that's a ton of time invested in video material.  Thus far, I have two out of the three knocked out for the month, whew...  So with that, here's a clip from each of these bands I'm reviewing this month, including a song that's one of my personal theme songs.  You can probably guess it for yourselves, although if you say "Re-Animator," you probably know me better than I know myself, ya sickies.


Twisted Sister:  "I'll Never Grow Up, Now"

The Jam:  "Town Called Malice"

Rigor Mortis:  "Re-Animator:

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