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Friday, November 29, 2013

Ray Van Horn, Jr. Interviewed at The Ripple Effect

I was recently interviewed by Todd Severin from my good buddies over at The Ripple Effect. 

A few years ago I was invited to appear on a few of The Ripple Effect's podcasts, and it was my honor when Todd approached me again in October for a new interview where we discussed my doings in the music business, my passion for music and other various topics.

Check it out by clicking this link:


Thursday, November 14, 2013

Currently reviewing for Blabbermouth...


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Ronny Munroe of Metal Church with Ghost of War Live Photos - 11/8/13 - Rock Harvest II, The House of Rock, White Marsh, Maryland


So on the second day of Rock Harvest, I had the pleasure of interviewing west coast thrashers Attackhead (stay tuned for excerpts of that chat appearing here at The Metal Minute) and Metal Church vocalist Ronny Munroe. 

Ronny was in town as a special guest of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania's Ghost of War and together, they whipped out a mini-set of Metal Church classics, plus a fresh selection from the latter's new album, Generation Nothing. 

Be on the lookout in the immediate future for my review of Generation Nothing over at Blabbermouth.  In the meantime, enjoy a few shots from that banging tag-team between Ronny and Ghost of War:


Sunday, November 10, 2013

Megalist of current reviews by Ray at Blabbermouth

Since it's been a little while, here's a round-up of current reviews I have live at Blabbermouth:


Death Angel - The Dream Calls for Blood, Monster Magnet - The Last Patrol, Trivium - Vengeance Falls, Vista Chino - Peace, Phil Anselmo & The Illegals - Walk Through Exits Only, Devildriver - Winter Kills, Annihilator - Feast

Children of Bodom - Halo of Blood, Ashes of Ares - s/t, James LaBrie - Impermanent Resonance, Soulfly - Savages, Sepultura - The Mediator Between Head and Hand Must be the Heart, Carcass - Surgical Steel, Watain - The Wild Hunt, Hank 3's 3 - A Fiendish Threat, Doyle - Abominator

Gwar - Battle  Maximus, Trouble - The Distortion Field, Chthonic - Bu-Tik, Norma Jean - Wrongdoers, Revamp - Wild Card, A Storm of Light - Nations to Flames, Scale the Summit - The Migration, Eve to Adam - Locked and Loaded, Freedoms Reign - s/t, FaithXtractor - The Great Shadow Infiltrator, Dead - Idiots
Moonbow - The End of Time, Erihma - Reign Through Immortality, Katatonia - Dethroned and Uncrowned, Night Demon - s/t EP, Bone Cave Ballet - Will of the Waves, Ferocity - The Sovereign, Emblazoned - The Living Magisterium, Nephren-Ka - The Fall of Omnius, Masada - Hideous Rot EP, Infernal Opera - Emissary of Steel, Sworn In - The Death Card

Lair of the Minotaur - Godslayer EP, Crossfaith - Apocalyze, The Dead Daisies - s/t, Be'Lakor - Of Breath and Bone, Potential Threat SF - Civilization Under Threat, Admiral Browning - Give No Quarter, Reptilian Death - The Dawn of Consummation and Emergence


Judas Priest - Epitaph
Iron Maiden - Maiden England '88
Mudhoney - I'm Now:  The Story of Mudhoney
Rammstein - Videos 1995-2012

...and it doesn't stop there.  New reviews have already been submitted and will appear live in the immediate future.  Visit, as if I needed to link you all...

Ashes of Ares Live Photos - 11/7/13 - Rock Harvest II, The House of Rock - White Marsh, Maryland

My favorite album reviewed last month for Blabbermouth was, hands-down the debut album by Ashes of Ares, featuring former Iced Earth vocalist Matt Barlow, ex-Iced Earth bassist Freddie Vidales and one-time Nevermore drummer, Van Williams. 
I was honored to be invited down to the Rock Harvest II festival by Matt Barlow at The House of Rock in the Baltimore suburb of White Marsh.  The festival was a three-day benefit show for Fallen Blue, a charity organization for the families of police officers lost in the line of duty. As an active duty officer himself, Matt Barlow and Ashes of Ares put on a monster set as headliners of the opening night of Rock Harvest II, playing the self-titled Ashes of Ares album in its entirety.
For me, it was a terrific night getting to meet Matt, his wife and the Ashes of Ares crew, including touring bassist Dean Sternberg (also of Into Eternity fame) who was kind enough to buy me a beer at the venue.  Cheers, brother! 
The entire night was spent meeting musicians, publicists and making new friends plus scoring a copy of the expanded 18-song Japanese version of Iron Maiden's Maiden Japan.   I was flattered to meet numerous readers of Blabbermouth who came up to me and struck conversation.  A damned good first night of the festival and I want to thank Matt Barlow personally for having me down.
Stay tuned for photos of the second night of Rock Harvest II featuring Metal Church vocalist Ronny Munroe.            
Ashes of Ares is available through Nuclear Blast Records.  Get on it, already!  Also, please visit to learn more about Fallen Blue and to donate to the cause.


Thursday, November 07, 2013

"Your Rep Means Everything, Especially in the Music Business," an essay by Ray Van Horn, Jr. at ReadWave

Photo by Ray Van Horn, Jr.

Sorry to be incommunicado lately, readers!  I've had much going on lately, which I'll get into with future posts.  For today, I'd like to direct you to a quick little essay I have running at ReadWave.  It's a brief glimpse into the world of a rock journalist with what I hope carries an upbeat message. 

Click below to check out "Your Rep Means Everything, Especially in the Music Business"