Archive for October, 2012

Live: Mnemic @ Whiplash Festival IV, Sandringham Hotel, Sydney – October 20, 2012


29 Oct

Lifemusicmedia.com recently published our photos and review from the Whiplash Festival IV, held at the Sandringham Hotel in Sydney on October 20, 2012. We now bring you the images and words here for your viewing and reading pleasure. Headlined by Denmark’s Mnemic, it was largely an excellent showcase of Australian metal. Read the unedited review below and CLICK HERE or on the thumbnails for the full image gallery:

Mnemic @ Sandringham Hotel, Octob 20, 2012     Mnemic @ Sandringham Hotel, Octob 20, 2012

Mnemic @ Sandringham Hotel, Octob 20, 2012     Mnemic @ Sandringham Hotel, Octob 20, 2012

So let’s set the scene of the Sydney leg of the Whiplash Festival: It’s been a 35-degree day of hot winds and sweaty butt cracks, but there’s been nowhere quite as hot as the insides of the iconic Sandringham Hotel in Newtown. Sadly, the heat is not all related to the scorching Aussie metal found within. This old venue is a steaming hot, sweaty, stinking series of boxes with stages and you feel the oppression from the moment you walk through the front doors. If the venue has air-con, you wouldn’t know it.

The building is a scene of barely controlled chaos with music equipment stacked into almost every corner with no sign of security for any of it, besides the two security guards at the doors of the venue. As a result, we were unsurprised to hear that one band’s cymbals had gone walk-about before their set.

Don’t get this reviewer wrong. A pretty picture it isn’t, but there is the overwhelming positive aspect to the Whiplash Festival that remains: it’s an incredible showcase of Australian metal with bands traveling from every corner of this country to perform. That’s something that can’t be undervalued.
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Feature Car: Barry’s 1932 Ford Coupe


25 Oct

We shot Barry’s sweet 1932 Ford hot rod coupe in early 2011 and though it high time we brought you all some 1680-resolution desktop wallpapers to enjoy on your own PC or Mac. It’s a classic Ford-powered affair with plenty of subtle details, but nothing outlandish to distract your attention from the old-school cool feel he’s achieved here.

As always, you’ll find our photos on Flickr complete with EXIF data and lighting information, however these three shots were all shot using nothing my Mother Nature’s wonderful lighting from above in the late afternoon. Sorry to all the strobist fans out there.

CLICK HERE or on the thumbnails below to view and download the wallpapers.

Barry's 1932 Ford Coupe

Wicked Wednesdays: FREE High-Resolution Wool Textures 3


24 Oct

This will be our last wool texture-fest until after the new year, but never fear, we’ll have some more cracker shots coming your way after then. For now, you can enjoy another six totally FREE high-resolution texture images of wool – this time in knitted form. The wool is a combination of pure wool and wool/alpaca blends in a typical garter stitch (for all the knitting fans, and Google robots out there). The shots were taken with a Canon 7D (as always), with a single Speedlite flash bounced off a nearby wall for light.

As always, Hosking Industries high-resolution texture images are FREE for personal and commercial use. However, you may not resell, repackage or redistribute these textures or generally pass them off as your own for monetary gain etc. Use them in your design projects, but don’t use them for commercial gain.

Click on the thumbs below (or right-click and Save-As) to get the full resolution effect:

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Live: Cannibal Corpse, Psycroptic, Disentomb, Entrails Eradicated @ Metro Theatre – October 6, 2012


22 Oct

Originally published at lifemusicmedia.com, here are our photos and live review from the recent Cannibal Corpse gig at the Metro Theatre in Sydney on October 6, 2012. The American death metal veterans were supported by Australian metal bands Psycroptic, Disentomb and Entrails Eradicated. In typical Metro fashion, the lighting was abysmal. CLICK HERE or on the thumbs below to view the pics.

Cannibal Corpse @ Metro Theatre, October 6, 2012     Cannibal Corpse @ Metro Theatre, October 6, 2012

Cannibal Corpse @ Metro Theatre, October 6, 2012     Cannibal Corpse @ Metro Theatre, October 6, 2012

Australian death metal fans generally aren’t quite as lucky when it comes to high-profile gigs like their brethren who enjoy less-heavy strains of metal. You could probably blame the state of the music industry for the lack of international death artists all the way over here to our little patch of dirt in the middle of nowhere.

Therefore it’s a testament to the talent, determination and endless road miles put in by death metal legends Cannibal Corpse that Aussie fans have had the luxury of seeing the band live on our shores no less than three times in the last 10 years. However, despite the surprising regularity with which we have been able to enjoy Cannibal Corpse’s punishing live show, tonight’s gig at Sydney’s iconic Metro Theatre is no less special for it. The fact that the band is being supported by three Australian death metal acts tonight just adds to the impact.

First up is Western Australia’s Entrails Eradicated whose brand of super fast, super technical death leaves a half-full venue worth of punters with heads spinning. As if having two guitarists wildly sweep picking their way through a set wasn’t enough, their bare-footed, 6-string-weilding sweep picking bass player is enough to make this reviewer want to put the bass away and go become an accountant.
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Live: The Amity Affliction + Architects + Ghost Inside + Buried in Verona @ Big Top, Sydney – 29 Sept, 2012


17 Oct

Originally published on lifemusicmedia.com, here’s our review and photo gallery from the recent Amity Affliction gig at Sydney’s Big Top, Luna Park on September 29, 2012. The Australian metalcore band was supported by UK’s Architects, USA’s Ghost Inside and Australia’s Buried in Verona.

Amity Affliction, September 29, 2012     Amity Affliction, September 29, 2012

Amity Affliction, September 29, 2012     Amity Affliction, September 29, 2012

“Tonight’s all-ages gig meant it was an early start for punters hoping to check out all four bands playing The Big Top at Sydney’s Luna Park. While the eager crowd wrapped its way around the Luna Park grounds in serpentine fashion, patiently waiting for the doors to open, it seems as though most of the other press outlets missed the memo on playing times, with the photo pit looking rather barren for opening act, Buried in Verona.

Playing to a half-full venue, the Sydney sextet appeared a more polished, confident band than when this reviewer last caught them supporting Sweden’s Soilwork at the Manning Bar at the tail end of 2010. They’re plagued by the usual opening-act muddy mix, which is exacerbated by the three-guitar attack that’s the fashion these days. And while the clean vocals (courtesy guitarist Richie Newman) have improved a lot, every time singer Brett Anderson tries to sing along it all falls apart.
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Feature Car: Dave Hart’s 1953 Chevrolet Lead Sled Sedan


15 Oct

Along with Dave Hart’s awesome 1933 Ford tourer that we showed you last week, we also shot his 1953 Chev’ lead sled for the same issue of Heavy Duty Hot Rods magazine (aka Modified Street Hot Rods), which goes on sale any day now. Dave also built this machine himself in the shed at home, including the weekend roof chop and long, lapping flame job.

The Chevrolet is used as Dave’s wife’s daily, proving once and for all that car like this shouldn’t be kept in the shed. Backing it up is a 2009 350ci small-block and T350 and as you can see from the pics, this beast is visually loud. Clearly it’s the way Dave likes things to be.

As always, we’ve got a selection of desktop wallpaper-sized images for you to view and download for your own computer. For the photogs, you’ll find our EXIF data on each image as well. Just CLICK HERE or on the thumbnails below to jump.

Dave Hart's 1953 Chevrolet Lead Sled Sedan

Dave Hart's 1953 Chevrolet Lead Sled Sedan     Dave Hart's 1953 Chevrolet Lead Sled Sedan

Feature Car: Dave Hart’s 1933 Ford Tourer


09 Oct

Issue 18 of Heavy Duty Hot Rods (aka Modified Street Hot Rods) magazine is due on stands any day now and includes our feature story and photo shoot on two of Dave Hart’s awesome home-built hot rods, one of which is pictured below: his flamed 1933 Ford Tourer. Dave has been building custom rods and bikes since he was young and his skills with all facets of car building are prevalent in this roofless wonder.

Powered by a 462ci big-block Chevrolet V8, every element of this car has been painted, polished or chromed; including the undercarriage. Currently for sale, you can read all about the car in issue 18 of the magazine. Be sure to check it out. For now, enjoy six FREE desktop wallpaper images of the car by CLICKING HERE or on the thumbnails below. You’ll also find our lighting information and EXIF data on our Flickr page.

Dave Hart's 1933 Ford Tourer

Dave Hart's 1933 Ford Tourer     Dave Hart's 1933 Ford Tourer

Feature Car: Andrew McClelland’s 1928 Ford Tourer


05 Oct

Issue 18 of Heavy Duty Hot Rods (aka Modified Street Hot Rods) is about to hit the stands and includes three photo shoots by Hosking Industries, including the one we did on Andrew McClelland’s awesome retro 1928 Ford Tourer, shown here. Resplendent in its undercoat grey paint and boasting plenty of understated pin striping, the flathead-powered open-cab rod gets plenty of attention.

Andrew and his Drag-Ens club mates built the rod in a short time frame for their annual Valla Rod Run, that the club puts together on the NSW north coast. Here, Andrew’s daughter scored the job of cruising the funky flattie along the cruise route all weekend, grabbing a trophy for her efforts.

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As always, we’ve got a selection of desktop wallpaper-sized images for you to view and download for your own computer. For the photogs, you’ll find our EXIF data on each image as well (no real strobist stuff this time around, except the engine shot). Just CLICK HERE or on the thumbnails below to jump.

Andrew McClelland's 1928 Ford Tourer

Andrew McClelland's 1928 Ford Tourer     Andrew McClelland's 1928 Ford Tourer

Alison May Fildes for Evolution Custom Ind.


04 Oct

We were recently commissioned to photograph the gorgeous Alison May Fildes to showcase two new t-shirt designs from Evolution Custom Ind. in Brookvale NSW, Australia. Seeing that we already had to shoot the excellent Evolution workshop for a feature in Performance Garage magazine (stay tuned for that), we jumped at the chance to get Alison in front of our cameras.

Lighting and camera buffs will find our lighting and EXIF data on all images over on our Flickr page and the landscape images can be used as desktop wallpapers, in 1680-resolution. CLICK HERE or on the thumbs below to check ’em out and be sure to check out Evolution’s Facebook page at the link above.

Alison May Fildes

Alison May Fildes  Alison May Fildes  Alison May Fildes

Wicked Wednesdays: FREE High-Resolution Wool Textures 2


03 Oct

I know, I know, right? Two weeks in a row with six high-resolution texture images absolutely FREE?! Boy, do we look after you lot, or what.

When we snapped our brains out taking photos of various balls of wool in various states of being balls of wool, we were lucky enough to grab what we needed for about a month of texture images. So, that means we’ll be able to bring you around another two weeks of these great shots in full resolution. This week’s shots are all of a series of balls who’s yarn changes colour as the ball winds down, for dramatic and cool effects on whatever you’re knitting. It’s like a rainbow of colour on your clothes!

As always, Hosking Industries high-resolution texture images are FREE for personal and commercial use. However, you may not resell, repackage or redistribute these textures or generally pass them off as your own for monetary gain etc. Use them in your design projects, but don’t use them for commercial gain.

Click on the thumbs below (or right-click and Save-As) to get the full resolution effect:

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