Archive for November, 2010

Wicked Wednesdays: FREE High-Resolution Household Textures 2


24 Nov

This week we’ve raced around the house looking for some fresh textures and we found some beauties. I don’t think you’ll find anyone else offering a high-resolution texture of dried chamomile flowers, eh?! This week we’ve brought you a collection of six high-resolution images of different textures found around the home; but primarily around the kitchen including a chopping board, dirty tea towel, range hood aluminium mesh as well as my keyboard and a fabric cushion from the library.

As usual, all Hosking Industries texture images are FREE for personal and commercial use unless otherwise stated. However, resale, repackaging and redistribution through channels such as CD/DVD, websites etc is prohibited. So don’t go passing them off as your own.

Click the thumbnails (or right-click and Save-As) for the full-resolution experience:
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Image of the Day: Nissan S15 Drifting at Supernats 16


18 Nov

Nissan S15 Silvia Drifting

I’ve been getting a fair bit of panning shot practice in lately whilst shooting cars for feature spreads in various magazines (I’ll post some shots from those as they’re published). I got a ton of practice at the recent Supernats 16 event at Eastern Creek Raceway in Sydney, NSW Australia; where I scored this shot of an S15 Nissan Silvia drifting on the main circuit.

Click on the image for a FREE 1280-resolution desktop wallpaper!

Interview: Mitch Lucker of Suicide Silence for theAUreview.com


14 Nov

Suicide Silence Interview with Mitch Lucker

theAUreview.com have just uploaded my interview with Mitch Lucker, singer with the USA death metal band Suicide Silence. Formed in Riverside, California as a side project in 2002, Suicide Silence have polarised opinions with their unique slant on death metal. Lumped in with the deathcore crowd, singer Mitch Lucker is keen to separate themselves from fractious sub-genres; preferring to be known simply as a heavy metal band. Currently touring on the back of their brilliant ‘No Time to Bleed’ album, Ben Hosking speaks with the affable vocalist about touring, their upcoming new album and live DVD, growing up with a metal head for a father and working with famed producer Machine.

CLICK HERE to read the entire interview.

Wicked Wednesdays: FREE High-Resolution Tree Textures 2


10 Nov

We’ve been collecting an assortment of beautiful bark and tree textures over the past year and we could have easily brought you twice as many textures this week. But let’s save some for another day, eh? This week we’ve brought you a collection of six high-resolution images of different tree and bark surfaces including rough bark, smooth bark, bug-eaten bark and gnarly, knotted stuff, too!

As usual, all Hosking Industries texture images are FREE for personal and commercial use unless otherwise stated. However, resale, repackaging and redistribution through channels such as CD/DVD, websites etc is prohibited. So don’t go passing them off as your own.

Click on the thumbnails (or right-click and Save-As) for the high-resolution experience:
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CD Review: Sevendust – ‘Cold Day Memory’


04 Nov

Sevendust - Cold Day Memory‘Cold Day Memory’ marks the ultimate return to form for the Atlanta, Georgia quintet, after less stellar recent releases like ‘Next’ and ‘Alpha’. Given that these albums were written and recorded during a period when guitarist Clint Lowery had departed the group (returning for 2008’s ‘Chapter VII’); you’d be forgiven for believing he was the spark that lights the band’s song writing fire.

Lajon Witherspoon’s mammoth voice soars over the bottom-heavy riff-fest that Sevendust have become renown for – a combination that is finished off with choruses likely to stick in your brain long after the 12 tracks of ‘Cold Day…’ are over. It’s a typically layered listen, with the album opening with the epically heavy ‘Splinter’ and closer ‘Strong Arm Broken’. In between, tracks like ‘Unravelling’, ‘Last Breath’ and ‘Confessions’ are reminiscent of Sevendust’s early classics ‘Home’ and ‘Animosity’. It’s all killer and no filler.

CD Review: Disturbed – ‘Asylum’


04 Nov

Disturbed - AsylumLove them or hate them, Disturbed have forged out their own distinct sound over their last four studio albums – one that’s immediately recognisable. On their fifth and latest, ‘Asylum’, Disturbed certainly don’t reinvent their wheel; however they do well to continue the development of their song writing skills and there are a ton of hooks prevalent within.

The disc opens up with the rather subdued instrumental ‘Remnants’ that seamlessly morphs into the title track boasting fist-pumping signature Disturbed staccato riffing and singer David Drayman’s equally trademark grunts. It’s hard-driving metal for the masses with a slick and polished production that has enough of the edges rounded smooth to land it deep within the mainstream. This means it’ll probably be too safe for the more hardcore metal fans.

Ultimately, it’s more of the same from the Chicago quartet; but they do what they do very well and you’ll be rewarded for your purchase by epic, soaring choruses and catchy-as-hell riffage.

Wicked Wednesdays: FREE High-Resolution Ground Textures


03 Nov

We got plenty of hits from our high-resolution concrete series of texture images last week; so we thought we’d bring you a series of related ground surface textures this time around. Consisting six FREE high-resolution images including a thick layer of drying leaves and bark, chalky gravel, leafy exposed aggregate concrete, bright green lawn, mossy rock and rough rock surfaces; they’re sure to be helpful in your next design project.

As usual, all Hosking Industries texture images are FREE for personal and commercial use unless otherwise stated. However, resale, repackaging and redistribution through channels such as CD/DVD, websites etc is prohibited. So don’t go passing them off as your own.

Click on the thumbnails (or right-click and Save-As) for the high-res experience:
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CD Review: Dimmu Borgir – Abrahadabra


02 Nov

Dimmu Borgir - AbrahadabraAny connections that Dimmu Borgir had left to the Black metal scene have been ripped to shreds with the release of their latest album, ‘Abrahadabra’. The Norwegian group has been both loved and hated for their willingness – nay, compulsion – to continually push the boundaries of what makes up the black metal genre.

With this, their ninth studio album, Dimmu Borgir stretch their creative mettle to the point where they can now no longer be convincingly linked to the blackened realms of Norwegian black metal. ‘Abrahadabra’ is a 50-minute journey full of bombast, pomp and ridiculous levels of texture – no doubt helped by a 100-piece orchestra and choir that the band have put to good use.
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10,000 Hits! Bring on 20,000.


01 Nov

Our blog reached 10,000 hits tonight! Sure, the site as a whole has had more hits than that and our old blog had previously reached about 5,000 – but this… this feels like a momentous occasion.

Hosking Industries was founded on February 1, 2010 and life has been speeding up ever since. After working full time in the motoring media industry for seven years before going freelance, getting back into the creative nitty gritty of the industry was like a breath of fresh air. For too long I’d (I know, I keep using ‘I’, ‘Me’ and ‘My’ AND ‘We’, ‘We’re’ and ‘Our’) been delving deeper and deeper into the management side of things. I was really missing the creative element that goes with putting magazines together: writing, shooting and getting out into the scene to talk with car owners. Then there’s the music scene…

Even before I made my first steps into the motoring media industry in 2001 or 2002, I was having a blast interviewing most of my favourite metal bands, reviewing their CDs and going to their gigs so I could inform first the Newcastle and Hunter region public and later the fledgling interwebs – well, it was fledgling for me back in 1999. Do a quick search of our blog here and I explain my old street press 27wtelve in more detail. (more…)