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Live Gallery: Cannibal Corpse + Hour of Penance @ Metro Theatre, Sydney – Sept. 11, 2014

16 Sep

Cannibal Corpse @ Metro Theatre, Sydney     Cannibal Corpse @ Metro Theatre, Sydney - Sept, 11, 2014

Cannibal Corpse @ Metro Theatre, Sydney - Sept, 11, 2014     Cannibal Corpse @ Metro Theatre, Sydney - Sept, 11, 2014

Enjoy our live review and image gallery of 29 photos from Cannibal Corpse‘s Sydney concert at the Metro Theatre on Sept. 11, 2014 – originally published at

When Cannibal Corpse last played Sydney two years ago at the Manning Bar, punters were left bruised, broken and scarred. If the line up for tonight’s show at the Metro is anything to go by, there’s sure to be a room full of battered corpses by the end of the night.

Italy’s Hour of Penance opened up proceedings with their brand of Behemoth-esque death that had the quickly-filling venue moshing. Having just been to our shores last year in support of Poland’s Behemoth, there were plenty of punters singing along enjoying the unrelenting riffing and punishing blastbeats – occasionally interrupted by crushing mid-tempo numbers like ‘Ascension’. By the time they reach their last track, the middle of the dance floor has opened up into a raging circle pit.


Live Gallery: Circles + Dawn Heist + Red Bee @ Bald Faced Stag Hotel, Sydney – Nov 9, 2013

18 Nov

Circles @ Bald Faced Stag Hotel, Sydney - Nov 9, 2013     Circles @ Bald Faced Stag Hotel, Sydney - Nov 9, 2013

Circles @ Bald Faced Stag Hotel, Sydney - Nov 9, 2013     Circles @ Bald Faced Stag Hotel, Sydney - Nov 9, 2013

We had the pleasure of finally seeing Melbourne modern metal band Circles perform in Sydney on November 9, 2013 at the Bald Faced Stag Hotel – supported by Dawn Heist, Red Bee and Beggar’s Orchestra. Below is our review of the gig and our image gallery or 35 photos, originally published on

CLICK HERE or on the thumbnails above to view the gallery.

Contemporary Australian metal was on show in a big way tonight at Sydney’s Bald Faced Stag Hotel in Leichardt. The small room has played host to a surprising number of high-profile acts over the last couple of years, including some of the last shows by Suicide Silence before Mitch Lucker’s untimely passing and a recent show by UK noise merchants Rolo Tomasi. Tonight, Melbourne djent exponents Circles hit the joint, promoting their debut full-length album, ‘Infinitas’.

Three other Aussie acts helped get the night’s proceedings underway, starting with local act Beggar’s Orchestra. The band kicks off to a pretty empty room, but thoroughly entertains the assembled group that clearly includes a large contingent of enthusiastic friends and fans with their unique mix of dynamic and dramatic songs. They’re good to watch, with some good stage presence and while the vocal harmonies get better as the set progresses, overall they’re a great addition to tonight’s line up.


Live Gallery and Review: Behemoth @ Manning Bar, Sydney – October 26, 2013

11 Nov

Behemoth @ Manning Bar, Sydney - Oct 26, 2013     Behemoth @ Manning Bar, Sydney - Oct 26, 2013

Behemoth @ Manning Bar, Sydney - Oct 26, 2013     Behemoth @ Manning Bar, Sydney - Oct 26, 2013

Hosking Industries was lucky enough to witness the onslaught that is a Behemoth live show last time the Polish group played Sydney in 2010 when they destroyed the Metro. Three years later and singer Nergal has beaten Leukemia into submission and clearly had something to prove when the band took to the Manning Bar stage at Sydney uni on October 26. Read our review below and enjoy 35 images from the show by CLICKING HERE or on the thumbnails above:

Having witnessed Poland’s blackened death metal legends Behemoth slay everyone in attendance on their Sydney date of their last Australian tour in 2010, you can bet we were more than a little excited when we learned of their upcoming 2013 tour dates. Fast forward to Saturday October 26 and we arrive at Sydney Uni’s Manning Bar to find that several hundred other excited Behemoth fans were already lining out the door and around the corner.

First up on tonight’s three-band line-up is Sydney’s own Exekute; a young death metal group that clearly has a bright future if tonight’s tight performance is anything to go by. While lacking a little in terms of stage presence, the band more than makes up for the short fall with a barrage of rapid fire, brutal riffs and plenty in the audience seem already very familiar with their tunes.

Touring nationally with Behemoth is Italy’s Hour of Penance who is next on stage, upping the ante in terms of presence and brutality, even if the mix leaves things sounding a little one dimensional. Guitarist Giulio Moschini whips more windmills than your typical Dutch flour mill and singer Paolo Pieri turns out to be the second of three diminutive vocalists tonight who prove good things come in small packages, packing a mighty growl that gets the crowd fist-pumping for more.


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 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.


Promo Shoot: Sydney Singer/Songwriter Lily Fisher

23 Apr

Lily Fisher Promo Photo Shoot

We recently had the pleasure of conducting a photo shoot with Sydney singer and songwriter Lily Fisher. We travelled up to the scenic national parks of Sydney’s north shore area to help reflect some of the environmental themes in Lily’s lyrics.

CLICK HERE or on the image above to see six images from the shoot. Some images were taken using only natural light, while others used a few small flash guns to provide the main and rim lighting. Photography enthusiasts can check out the lighting and EXIF info on each image by visiting our Flickr page.

We’d definitely recommend checking out Lily’s music. You can keep up to date with her gig dates and listen to her recorded music by CLICKING HERE. Or, you can scroll down to view a video of her live performance.

If you or your band need fresh promo photos, contact us today for an obligation-free quote. We’re happy to service the greater Sydney and Newcastle regions. (more…)

CD Review: Annihilator – Self Titled Album for

16 Jun have just published my review of Annihilator’s latest self-titled album. Check the excerpt below and click the album art and hyperlink to read the full review:

…this – their 13th studio album to date – easily qualifies as their finest effort in the last 20 years or so. A self-titled album, ‘Annihilator’ is brimming with speedy, precise riffage that effortlessly melds old-school thrash with more modern technical metal that will surely have you damaging neck muscles in the bedroom, car or public transport…

CLICK HERE to read the full review.


Audio Interview: Ben Talks to Jeff Martin for

15 Apr

CLICK THE LINK below to listen to my interview with Jeff Martin, the former front man of the awesome Canadian group The Tea Party and now prolific solo artist, also heading up a newer group called The Armada.

Jeff recently became an Australian resident and has toured here many times over the last 20 years with his various musical endeavours. Embarking upon a national tour in May, I caught up with Jeff to discuss the upcoming tour, The Armada, The Tea Party and his friendship with Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page – among many other things.

Check it out! (The transribed version will be online next week)