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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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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!

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Live Review: Slash @ Hordern Pavilion for Reverb


02 Sep

SlashReverb street press have published my recent review of the Slash concert at the Hordern Pavilion on August 16, 2010.

CLICK HERE to read the review in Reverb, or follow on below to read the longer, unedited version:

“A loud, rumbling bass note shakes the foundations of the iconic Hordern Pavilion, making the hair on the back of your neck stand up. The darkened stage is adorned with little more than a cloth backdrop, painted with the artwork from Slash’s new eponymous solo album.

Originally booked for the Enmore Theatre, ‘The Cat in the Hat’ moved the night’s proceedings to the larger venue; ultimately selling that out too. All the surrounding pubs and cafes were choked with black-clad rockers of all ages and persuasions trying to sink a few before the gig.

Taking to the stage in his trademark top hat and muscle tee, Slash and co. Ripped straight into the opening number, ‘Ghost’ from his new album. Originally sung by Ian Astbury from the Cult, Alter Bridge frontman Myles Kennedy handled the vocal duties admirably. Indeed, he handled the entire two hour set’s worth of tracks – that included Guns and Roses hits like ‘Nightrain’, ‘Civil War’, ‘Rocket Queen’ and ‘Sweet Child ‘O Mine’ – incredibly well.

From afar, Slash doesn’t seem to have aged much in the last 20 years as he bops, sways and stalks across the stage from left to right. It isn’t until the sixth song that he finally addresses the full house with a simple, “How you doin’?”

It’s a diverse set that runs the gamut of Slash’s career to date and keeps the huge audience entertained from start to finish as each solo rings out loud across thousands of fists and devil’s horns thrust high into the air. A number of tracks from his new album are covered including ‘Back from Cali’, ‘Nothing to Say’, ‘By the Sword’ and ‘Starlight’. Despite none of the other guest vocalists from the album versions being present on the night, Kennedy does an excellent job of the material without once trying to parody the other singers. In fact, Kennedy’s stage manner seemed suitably restrained; ensuring all eyes were on Slash on his big night – one that Slash himself later admitted was being recorded for later release.

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Interview: Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society) for theAUreview.com


28 Aug

Zakk Wylde InterviewI interviewed Zakk Wylde of Black Labal Society (BLS) for theAUreview.com recently. I spent over 20 minutes talking to the metal guitar legend who played alongside Ozzy Osbourne for more than 20 years, as well as forming his own well-known band BLS and releasing a few excellent solo albums such as the mellow ‘Book of Shadows’. Below is an excerpt from the lengthy interview in which we discussed the new BLS album ‘Order of the Black’, the recording process, his departure from Ozzy’s band, guitar gear and much more. CLICK HERE to read the full interview.

“…Your life has been pretty eventful over the last 12-18 months with the blood clotting and having to go sober as a result of that. Has any of that, along with the departure from Ozzy’s band ended up on the new Black Label Society (BLS) album?

No. We were just laughing because it’s been four years since we did ‘Shot to Hell’ and we were like ‘It’s been four years already!?’ But then again, it’s been 22 years I’ve been with Ozzy and my daughter is 18, my son just turned 17 today and our little guy Hendrix just turned eight. So, like two of my kids are getting ready for college.

It’s just amazing how the time flies by and in the last four years it’s been like my family has been gluing me back together. I had throat surgery and wasn’t even sure if I was going to be able to sing again. Then I had an umbilical hernia and had to get that operated on. I mean, right after these surgeries I’d go right back out on the road again. It’d be like surgery, then tour, then surgery, then tour. Then I got the blood clot thing and then I was right back out on the road. Then the Ozzy thing went down and right after that my father passed away.

People were like ‘Dude, you’ve had a rough year’, and I go ‘Dude, that’s before lunch!’ (laughs) When you’re in Black Label you ask, ‘Are you sure you wanna put this vest on? Because a lot of burden comes with it’. You gotta be hard as nails and you gotta do what you gotta do. You gotta GI/FD – Get it Fuckin’ Done…”

CLICK HERE to read the full interview.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3LBfITvkBk

A Look Inside: My Office


10 Jul

Ben Hosking's Office Ben Hosking's Office

I was messing around with my flash last night, taking some photos around the house after spending the day painting a couple of rooms. I shot this image of my home office with my Canon 7D and 10-22mm super wide-angle lens. There’s about five different shots in here to get the lighting how I wanted it; all melded together in Photoshop.

The guitars pictured are Ibanez RGA121 Prestige, Ibanez MMM1, Ibanez TC420 Talman and ESP LTD V500. The amplifier is a highly modded Crate Vintage Club VC50212 tube model.

This is where I spend most of my day writing, designing or working pics. The desk faces a large window that unfortunately faces a high Colorbond fence. We’ve plented a bunch of Murraya hedge plants outside the window that should grow to cover the fence and look much nicer.

Click the image to see the full size version.

Memory Man


10 Jul

A shot from my first gig shooting live music, taken at the Oxford Art Factory in Sydney. Hadn’t shot any live music in about 10 years and back then it was all on 1600iso film; not digital.

Three Australian bands were playing: Kids of 88 and Howl, with Cassette Kids headlining.

Not my kind of music, but all three bands put on a pretty good show and gave me plenty of action to shoot.

Free Wallpaper: ESP LTD SC607 Electric Guitar


29 Apr


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Originally uploaded by HoskingIndustries

Another example from a series I shot, mucking around with light painting a few weeks ago. The only light source was a single LED torch. Shot with a Canon 450D and kit lens on a 25sec exposure at about f18 or 20.
Image is free for personal use.
www.hoskingindustries.com.au

FREE Wallpaper: Ibanez MTM1 Electric Guitar


15 Apr


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Originally uploaded by HoskingIndustries

A photograph I took this evening using only a single LED torch as a light source. The image is of an Ibanez MTM1: the signature model for the lead guitarist from the band Slipknot.
25sec exposure at f18.
Image strictly copyright. No commercial use. Personal use is fine.
www.hoskingindustries.com.au

Free Wallpaper: ESP LTD V500 Guitar – Light Painting Exercise


12 Apr

Originally uploaded by HoskingIndustries

Another in our series of light-painted electric guitar images from Hosking Industries.
This image shows an ESP LTD V500 electric guitar, photographed with only an LED torch as a light source with a Canon 450D and the stock kit lens. The result of some experimentation late at night after a few beers. Shooting at 25sec @ f18.
Image is free for personal use. Commerical use is prohibited.
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Free Wallpaper: Ibanez RGA121 Guitar – Light Painting Exercise


07 Apr

This is a photo I took of one of my guitars recently – an Ibanez Prestige RGA121.
Only light source was an LED torch using a 25sec exposure at f18. Shot on a Canon EOS400D with the kit lens.
The amplifier is a frankensteined Crate Vintage Club 212 50watt tube amp. It was a combo that I had separated into a head and closed-back cab.
Image strictly copyright. No commercial use. Private use recommended!
More images to come.