Posts Tagged ‘critique’

Image Gallery: Alter Bridge + Living Colour @ Sydney HiFi – Feb 25, 2014


16 Mar

Alter Bridge + Living Colour @ Sydney HiFi - Feb 25, 2014     Alter Bridge + Living Colour @ Sydney HiFi - Feb 25, 2014

Alter Bridge + Living Colour @ Sydney HiFi - Feb 25, 2014     Alter Bridge + Living Colour @ Sydney HiFi - Feb 25, 2014

We were fortunate enough to watch Alter Bridge‘s recent headlining side show gig at Sydney’s HiFi Bar, supported by the legendary Living Colour. After photographing the typical first three songs, we then had the privilege of watching the rest of the show from within the photo pit! CLICK HERE or on the thumbnails to view our 33-photo image gallery and read our review below:

It almost seems absurd that a chart-topping US rock band like Alter Bridge should be playing a venue as small as Sydney’s HiFi. So, it makes sense that tonight’s show – a Soundwave sideshow – should be completely sold out. Indeed, the line of punters stretches from the front door, around the side and turns back on itself to the front door. The Tremonti (AB’s guitarist) tattoo taking one guy’s entire lower leg tells us that he’s probably been here most of the day waiting.

Funk rock legends Living Colour open up tonight’s festivities, celebrating 25 years of their iconic album ‘Livid’ with a room already full of eager audience members. Each musical legends in their own right, guitarist Vernon Reid, bassist Doug Wimbish, drummer Will Calhoun and singer Corey Glover are equal parts tight and loose all at the same time in a magical way that makes almost no sense and total sense all at once.  It’s no wonder AB front man Myles Kennedy later proclaimed that one of the primary reasons we were seeing them tonight was so they could play a gig with them and that it “was a dream come true”.

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Live Gallery: Korn + Rob Zombie + Mushroomhead @ Luna Park Big Top, Sydney – Feb. 24, 2014


13 Mar

Korn + Rob Zombie @ Luna Park Big Top, Sydney - Feb 24, 2014     Korn + Rob Zombie @ Luna Park Big Top, Sydney - Feb 24, 2014

Korn + Rob Zombie @ Luna Park Big Top, Sydney - Feb 24, 2014     Korn + Rob Zombie @ Luna Park Big Top, Sydney - Feb 24, 2014

Lifemusicmedia.com published our image gallery and live review of the Korn and Rob Zombie double-header at Luna Park’s Big Top in Sydney on Feb 24, 2014 – supported by Mushroomhead. The show was a side show to the annual Soundwave Festival. CLICK HERE or on the thumbnails to check out our gallery of 38 images and read our review below:

What a freakin’ line up! Tonight’s Soundwave sideshow has sold out Luna Park’s Big Top and had punters lining up around the venue since 9am. It’s hardly surprising when you have Nu Metal legends Korn and comic super villain Rob Zombie headlining the same bill.

Opening tonight’s festivities are the masked crazies Mushroomhead. While their sound may not completely live up to their evil image, they offer an interesting three vocal assault, combining rap, screams and melodic vocals over a thickened bed of crushing riffs and soaring choruses. Tonight’s performance quickly whips up the early crowd, with all three singers launching into the crowd at one point.

This reviewer was on hand at the Hordern Pavilion many, many moons ago when Korn first toured this country. They band was a total revelation at the time, leading the way for an army of rip-off nu metal bands. The last time we saw them was on the ‘Life is Peachy’ tour, possibly also before some readers were out of nappies. So, it was with some excitement that we watched them stride onto the spacious Big Top stage to deafening applause and kick right into a career-spanning set that opened with an electric rendition of ‘Falling Away From Me’.

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Live Gallery: Clutch + Don Fernando @ Metro Theatre, Sydney – Feb. 20, 2014


02 Mar

Clutch @ Metro Theatre, Sydney - Feb. 20, 2014     Clutch @ Metro Theatre, Sydney - Feb. 20, 2014

Clutch @ Metro Theatre, Sydney - Feb. 20, 2014     Clutch @ Metro Theatre, Sydney - Feb. 20, 2014

Lifemusicmedia.com recently published our photo gallery and review of the Clutch sideshow at Sydney’s Metro Theatre, as part of the annual Soundwave cavalcade. Check out our 30-image gallery and read the review below. CLICK HERE or on the thumbnails above to jump to the gallery:

It begins… The first Soundwave Sidewave shows hit Sydney’s venues in earnest, with Maryland, USA nitro-charged rockers Clutch getting into the swing of things early at Sydney’s Metro Theatre. Supported by Melbourne four-piece Don Fernando, it’s the first time the rock royalty have visited our shores since 2010 and as vocalist/preacher Neil Fallon and his beard proclaim, “Let’s make up for lost time!”

Having not heard of Melbourne’s Don Fernando previously, it was a nice surprise to find that they more than lived up to their self-proclaimed status as being “tight as fuck, no bullshit”. The band’s taught, driving rock and roll grabbed the early crowd’s attention as they pummeled through a decent 45-minute set of four-to-the-floor tracks. Even their slower, more Kyuss-like moments lost none of the crushing energy of the faster numbers. Be sure to catch them at the Cherry Rock festival in Sydney in May.

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Live Gallery: Periphery + Animals as Leaders @ Metro Theatre, Sydney – Feb 1, 2014


11 Feb

Periphery + Animals as Leaders @ Metro Theatre, Sydney - Feb 1, 2014     Periphery + Animals as Leaders @ Metro Theatre, Sydney - Feb 1, 2014

Periphery + Animals as Leaders @ Metro Theatre, Sydney - Feb 1, 2014     Periphery + Animals as Leaders @ Metro Theatre, Sydney - Feb 1, 2014

Lifemusicmedia.com recently published our photos and review of Periphery‘s gig at the Metro Theatre in Sydney on February 2, 2014. They were supported by Animals as Leaders. Below is our full review of the show, along with link to our gallery of 26 images on Flickr:

Even before Animals as Leaders take to the Metro stage, the venue is rapidly filling with excited, guitar-crazy punters. There are scores of Periphery shirts circulating and it’s almost impossible to find more than one of the same design – a testament to the band’s proactive approach to merchandise and self promotion.

Despite this, it’s clear that just as many of the assembled throng are here to see Tosin Abasi and co. perform their unique brand of instrumental, 8-string rock fusion. For what is really an odd instrumental line-up (both Abasi and fellow guitarist Javier Reyes playing 8-string Ibanez guitars and drummer Matt Garstka), the mix rings true and clear and the band do an excellent job of recreating tracks from their first two albums – announcing to the eager crowd that they’ve just finished work on album number three. Watching Abasi and Reyes navigate their large fret boards with such ease and confidence definitely makes you feel insignificant – Reyes’ incredible, simultaneous bass line and melody counterpoint work was particularly breathtaking.

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Live Gallery: Steel Panther + Buckcherry + Fozzy @ Hordern Pavilion, Sydney – Dec 7, 2013


16 Dec

Steel Panther @ Hordern Pavilion, Sydney - Dec 7, 2013     Steel Panther @ Hordern Pavilion, Sydney - Dec 7, 2013

Steel Panther @ Hordern Pavilion, Sydney - Dec 7, 2013     Steel Panther @ Hordern Pavilion, Sydney - Dec 7, 2013

Lifemusicmedia.com recently published our live photo gallery and review of Steel Panther’s headlining gig at Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion, on December 7, 2013. They were supported by fellow US bands Buckcherry and Fozzy. Read our review below and CLICK HERE or on the thumbnails above to check out 41 images from the show.

Steel Panther have graced Australian shores numerous times over the last handful of years, each time moving to larger and larger stages around the country. However, when we first heard about the mock-hair metal band’s move to Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion for their ‘Spread the Disease’ tour, we thought it might have been a little optimistic.

But arriving just in time to see first support act Fozzy take to the large Hordern stage, fronted by WWE wrestler Chris Jericho, with a line of people waiting to get into the venue that seemed to stretch on forever, it was obvious that filling the big shed would prove no problem tonight. With their southern-tinged brand of high energy rock ‘n’ metal, Fozzy easily whips the early punters into a frenzy of sweaty bodies despite the venue being half empty.

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Live Gallery: Between the Buried and Me @ The Metro, Sydney – Nov 16, 2013


03 Dec

Between the Buried and Me @ Metro, Sydney - Nov 16, 2013     Between the Buried and Me @ Metro, Sydney - Nov 16, 2013

Between the Buried and Me @ Metro, Sydney - Nov 16, 2013     Between the Buried and Me @ Metro, Sydney - Nov 16, 2013

Hosking Industries got to witness the sonic gumbo that is Between the Buried and Me at Sydney’s Metro Theatre on Saturday November 16, 2013. Not existing fans of the band, it was a surprising and impressive show of dexterity and songwriting. Indeed, all three bands (including Melbourne’s Ne Obliviscaris and Indiana’s The Contortionist) were unique, complex and entertaining in their own unique ways. Please take the time to read our full report below which was originally published via lifemusicmedia.com:

Tonight’s line up at Sydney’s Metro Theatre was nothing if not unique. Each of the three bands possess highly distinct sonic aesthetics that set them apart not only from one another, but the rest of the current metal scene. It promised to be an interesting night of heavy metal and we’re sure no one left disappointed.

Melbourne’s Ne Obliviscaris brought their own enthusiastic crowd to open the night’s festivities. Not only did the six-piece (including a singing violinist in the form of Tim Charles) receive plenty of applause when they announced they were working on their second album, but the band wasted no time whipping the early crowd into a healthy mosh. Indeed, when Tim put down his violin and launched into the crowd for a mid-set crowd surf, the punters were only too eager to oblige. No doubt their mix of extreme progressive metal (complete with some black metal overtones and lush, extended instrumental sections) won them a number of new fans tonight as well.

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Opinion Piece: Strength in Numbers (Street Commodores Editorial Columns)


21 Aug

This is the 13th in a regular series of editorial pieces we’ll be posting here on the blog, originally written by Hosking Industries’ Ben Hosking for Street Commodores magazine and other magazines he’s completed opinion pieces for. This column appeared in issue 179 of Street Commodores:

Strength in Numbers (Written November 15, 2010)

If the modified car enthusiast ever wants to attain some level of rights in the community, it’s all about numbers.

It’s a problem that has plagued the many various modified car scenes since people began chopping, changing and cruising their cars even before WWII: that is, being looked down upon and marginalised by ‘the man’. Car fanatics have always been unfairly targeted by the authorities, had liberties stripped from them or had legislation imposed that would restrict the modifications possible – all under the banner of being safer for the community.

Sadly, more often than not it is the stupid acts of the tiny minority – and the knee-jerk reaction of officials to the resultant public outcry – that bring about ever-tightening laws and restrictions for the majority. It doesn’t matter that our hobby is worth billions to the economy. It doesn’t matter that larger car shows can bring millions in additional revenue to the communities that give them a home. It doesn’t matter that most of the more modified cars on the streets boast a higher level of engineering and specification than the factory ever offered.

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Live Gallery: Karnivool + Northlane @ Big Top, Sydney – August 4, 2013


13 Aug

Karnivool returned to Sydney this August to promote the release of their new album, ‘Asymmetry’. Hosking Industries was there to shoot and review the gig for lifemusicmedia.com and you can find a gallery of images and a full live review below:

Karnivool @ Big Top, Sydney - August 4, 2013     Karnivool @ Big Top, Sydney - August 4, 2013

Karnivool @ Big Top, Sydney - August 4, 2013     Karnivool @ Big Top, Sydney - August 4, 2013

Sydney only recently enjoyed a year-ending gig from Perth’s mighty Karnivool – comfortably selling out the Metro and captivating all in attendance. But, with new album ‘Asymmetry’ fresh on the shelves, we’ve been blessed with another breathtaking performance by the prog-rock/metal wunderkinds and we don’t see anyone complaining.

First up on tonight’s short bill is Sydney five-piece Northlane. Bristling with confidence off the back of the attention their recently released second album, ‘Singularity’, has been enjoying, the band quickly take control of the growing audience with their own brand of metal. With hints of djent and metalcore combining with singer Adrian’s hardcore-style vocal, Northlane waste no time in whipping the crowd into a frenzy – generating rabid enthusiasm from what is a short set.

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Live: Steve Vai @ Enmore Theatre, Sydney – 15 July, 2013


24 Jul

Steve Vai @ Enmore Theatre, Sydney - 15 July, 2013     Steve Vai @ Enmore Theatre, Sydney - 15 July, 2013

Steve Vai @ Enmore Theatre, Sydney - 15 July, 2013     Steve Vai @ Enmore Theatre, Sydney - 15 July, 2013

Having had the pleasure of seeing Joe Satriani in concert at the Enmore Theatre in Sydney a few years back, one of the things left on our bucket list was to see Steve Vai: the very guy Ben played air guitar to throughout his younger years with Vai’s Passion & Warfare album cranking out of his boom box. That was officially ticked off the list on July 15, 2013, when Ben photographed and reviewed Steve Vai’s gig at the Enmore for lifemusicmedia.com. You can read it below.

To see the images, CLICK HERE or on the thumbnails above.

In the sphere of instrumental music, few names stand as tall as Steve Vai‘s. With a career that really started to take off while under the tutelage of Frank Zappa and then a stint with both Whitesnake and David Lee Roth‘s band, his place in the pantheon of music icons was cemented with the release of his second solo album, ‘Passion and Warfare’, in 1990.

23 years later, Vai is still adding music to his catalogue as vital and urgent as any of his output in the ’90s. It was no surprise then, to find Sydney’s Enmore Theatre almost at capacity for the local leg of his tour in support of ‘The Story of Light’.

While there were perhaps more women and families in the crowd than this reviewer (and self-confessed Vai fan) would have predicted, the majority of punters were of the guitar-nerd persuasion. That’s OK though, given that there’s no more appreciative a crowd for this kind of music than the type that’s ready to air-guitar in public like no-one is watching.

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Opinion Piece: Blocked! (Street Commodores Editorial Columns)


22 Jul

This is the ninth in a regular series of editorial pieces we’ll be posting here on the blog, originally written by Hosking Industries’ Ben Hosking for Street Commodores magazine and other magazines he’s completed opinion pieces for. This column appeared in issue 175 of Street Commodores:

Blocked! (Written 27 July, 2010)

Sure, writing for magazines can be a bloody sweet gig. But every now and then, we all get a decent dose of writer’s block.

Despite the stresses and deadlines, the last seven or eight years have been the best in my working life – without question. Sure, before I moved to Sydney in 1999 I worked in the music industry with is about the most fun industry you can work in. Sadly though the pay is almost always shit and you’ll get kicked in the teeth by it plenty of times.

Working on magazines – on a subject I love, no less – is employment heaven. Now I’m doing it for myself, working from my home office, it’s even better! Except it can be a little hard sometimes, knowing your work is right there in the back room, just crying for some more attention. And I usually give it all the attention it can take – it can become an addiction.

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