Archive for October, 2010

Wicked Wednesdays: FREE High-Resolution Concrete Textures


27 Oct

Oops! We’d been planning to get out and shoot some fresh texture images for you for today’s Wicked Wednesday post, but totally forgot – leaving little more than a few hundred random textures with no discernible theme. That just wasn’t going to cut it, so we ran out of the office and started shooting.

What we returned with was a collection of six high-resolution texture images of concrete surfaces. They include plain aged concrete and grass, cracked concrete, stamped concrete and a stamped surface with a drain included.

As always, all texture images are FREE for personal and commercial use unless otherwise stated. However, resale, repackaging and redistribution on sites and mediums other than our blog and Flickr page is prohibited.

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Interview: Serj Tankian (System of a Down, Solo) for theAUreview.com


26 Oct

Read the entire Serj Tankian interview

theAURreview.com recently published my interview with System of a Down singer and now solo artist Serj Tankian. The interview was conducted via email in a simple Q&A format and discusses a number of topics including his new album ‘Imperfect Harmonies’, his record label Serjical Strike, the Axis of Justice and much more.

Read the entire interview with Serj Tankian by CLICKING HERE.

Photo Gallery: Soilwork at Manning Bar – October 22, 2010


25 Oct

I went along to the recent Soilwork concert at the Manning Bar in Sydney last Friday night one behalf of Lifemusicmedia.com. I was there to photograph the Swedish band’s gig with support band Buried in Verona.

Soilwork play a form of metal called melodic death metal and formed in Helsingborg in the 1990s. Their latest album, ‘The Panic Broadcast’ is a killer slab of metal and sees the band really return to form after one or two less impressive releases possibly a result of founding guitarist Peter Wichers’ absence.

Click the link or the thumbnails below to view the entire gallery or CLICK HERE to listen to my interview with Soilwork singer ‘Speed’, also on Lifemusicmedia.com.

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CD Review: Bring Me the Horizon – ‘There Is a Hell…’


25 Oct

Read the entire BMTH CD reviewLifemusicmedia.com have just uploaded my CD review of Bring Me the Horizon‘s latest album ‘There Is a Hell, Believe Me I’ve Seen It. There Is a Heaven, Let’s Keep It a Secret’. BMTH’s third full length release, the new disc is sure to win over a legion of new fans and convert a lot of former haters who’ve previously written them off for ‘not being metal’ or any other ridiculous reason.

Read the excerpt below and click the link to read my full review at Lifemusicmedia.com:

“…‘There Is a Hell…’ is brimming with diversity and sonic texture before unknown to the band; including the addition of female vocals, keyboards, six minute-plus epics with extended atmospheric sections and production that could see your lunch returning to the surface. It’s got fast bits, it’s got slow bits and yet it seldom loses its groove. BMTH’s are really coming into their own now as they leave the deathcore nest and start pulling out more progressive audio annihilation…”

CLICK HERE to read the full review.

Wicked Wednesdays: FREE High-Resolution Hood Ornaments


20 Oct

OK, so this week’s textures aren’t exactly ‘textures’. They’re more like stock photos; but we figured all you design freaks out there could make just as good use of these as anything else we’ve given you to date! So here they are: six high-resolution automotive hood ornaments.

They’re from all kinds of classic vehicles: from early 1920s Chevrolet sedans and an early Holden to a 1930s Willys, 1930s Ford and a mid-1950s Ford as well. We can’t guarantee they all started on the vehicles they were photographed on, so for trainspotters, you may pick up some historical inaccuracies. However, for everyone else, we reckon these will prove to be a pretty interesting history lesson.

As usual, all our texture images are FREE for personal and commercial use, however resale, repackaging and redistribution are all prohibited. So don’t go using them on CD or DVD collections, web compilations or pass these originals off as your own.

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Wicked Wednesdays: FREE High-Resolution Australian Coin Textures


13 Oct

OK, so we’ve provided you with your fair share of natural stone, rusted metal and heavy patina city textures of late. So, now for something a little different! While shooting random stuff around the office a few months ago we grabbed the petty cash tin and rattled off a few shots of our Australian coins. This week we bring you six different shots of the Australian currency for your personal or commercial use.

All six images were shot on a Canon 7D using a 580EXII Speedlite bounced off the ceiling above; meaning the light is nice and even.

As usual, while our texture images are FREE for personal and commercial use, you may not resell, repackage or redistribute these images for your own commercial gain.

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Wicked Wednesdays: FREE High-Resolution Abstract Textures


06 Oct

We’d been building up quite a collection of rather random images of late that we couldn’t seem to fit into any other category. This week’s collection consists a series of six high-resolution abstract, random images that you might find interesting enough to use somewhere in your photography or artwork.

Items include a red saturated brick texture from inside a night club, out of focus shadows, a studio-lit strainer, fly screen door, close-up of a plasma TV screen and a door mat. As always, Hosking Industries texture images are FREE for personal and commercial use. However, resale, repackaging and redistribution are all prohibited.

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Photo Gallery: Exodus @ Manning Bar – October 2, 2010


04 Oct

I attended the Exodus gig at the Manning Bar on the campus of the university of Sydney on Saturday October 3, 2010 – shooting it for Lifemusicmedia.com. Exodus is one of the seminal ‘Bay Area’ thrash bands from the USA that were around since the birth of thrash. Kirk Hammett from Metallica was actually in Exodus before he joined Metallica in the early 1980s.

Supporting acts on the night were Subtract from New Zealand and Switchblade from Australia. Switchblade played a form of technical death metal with a rather clean cut image. All the band members were wearing matching black work shirts with their logo on the sleeve. Kinda reminded me of early Staind, when they all were black Dickies or Ben Sherman shirts.

I will probably also be reviewing the gig, but for now enjoy the photos!

CLICK HERE or on one of the four thumbnails below to view the entire gallery:

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