Archive for September, 2010

CD Review: Filter – ‘The Trouble With Angels’ for

28 Sep have just published my review of Filter’s latest album, ‘The Trouble With Angels’. It’s Filter’s fifth studio album since the group formed in 1995 and is definitely one of their stronger releases. Read the excerpt below and CLICK HERE to read the review in full at

…At least in this country, Filter has never attained the level of success that they deserve. Besides a couple of chart-bothering flirtations with tracks like ‘Hey Man, Nice Shot’ and ‘Take a Picture’ way back in the mid-to-late 1990s, Richard Patrick and company have travelled unfairly under the radar. Hopefully the Cleveland, Ohio group’s luck will change with the release of their fifth studio album, ‘The Trouble with Angels’…

CLICK HERE to read the full review at

Wicked Wednesdays: FREE High-Resolution Brick and Wall Textures

22 Sep

This week’s collection of FREE high-resolution texture images revolve around brick and wall surfaces, including clay brick, grunge painted brick, glass brick, sandstone and weatherboard timber cladding. Just the thing for your next design project.

As usual, all Hosking Industries texture images are FREE for personal and commercial use, however resale, repackaging and redistribution are strictly prohibited. So don’t use them on your website or CD/DVD collections.

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Wicked Wednesdays: FREE High-Resolution Stone Textures 3

15 Sep

The third in our series of high-resolution natural stone texture images; this week we bring you some more from the lovely Mount Tomah Botanical Gardens in NSW, Australia. You can find innumerable examples of beautiful stone and rock textures on the grounds of the Gardens, including sandstone, granite, marble-type stone and many more. We hope you enjoy the examples we’ve brought you this week.

As usual, all our texture images are FREE for personal and commercial use unless otherwise stated. However, you are not permitted to resell, repackage or redistribute these textures on your own site, CD, DVD or other distribution method.

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Interview: Bjorn ‘Speed’ Strid of Soilwork for

09 Sep

Soilwork audio interview with Ben have just published my recent interview with Bjorn ‘Speed’ Strid of Sweden’s Soilwork

Formed amongst the heady days of the Gothenburg death metal scene in Sweden in 1995, Soilwork quickly became known as one of the most original and progressive bands in the genre. Their prolific work ethic has seen them release eight studio albums and tour the world relentlessly over the last 15 years. Their new album, ‘The Panic Broadcast’ continues to develop on their progressive talents by including elements of funk, pop rock and symphonic genres; yet the music never fails to pummel with sonic brutality.

We chatted about their new album, influences, the 1990s Gothenburg scene, working with Devin Townsend, Bjorn’s upcoming 1970s rock side project ‘Night Flight Orchestra’ and much more.

CLICK HERE to listen to the entire 20-minute interview.


Wicked Wednesdays: FREE High-Resolution Patina Textures 3

08 Sep

We attended the 2010 Taren Point Rat Rod Day last weekend and took a million photographs of the excellent rods on display. We also took the opportunity to close in on a lot of the amazing patina textures offered us by the rusty old rat rods that make the Rat Day such a popular event each year – and offer six of them to you this week!

The rods on display turned up on a windy, but sunny Father’s Day morning from all over Sydney and beyond. It’s amazing the kinds of things people have hidden away in their garages and even more amazing that for the most part, they were all driven to the event and home again without a cop car to be seen. We were there shooting the event for High-Performance Hotrods and Custom Utes magazines and we’ll definitely be attending again in 2011.

As usual, our textures are FREE for personal and commercial use. However, resale, repackaging and redistribution are strictly verboten – punishable by death. Seriously!

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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.


Interview: John 5 (Rob Zombie) for

02 Sep

Listen to the John 5 have just published my recent interview with Rob Zombie and noted solo guitarist John 5

There aren’t many guitarists out there displaying as much originality and commitment to their craft as John 5. Long known as the axeman behind such artists as Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie, he’s also played with such luminaries as Rob Halford, David Lee Roth and Paul Stanley. When he’s not touring with Zombie, he’s playing session work with artists from a wide range of styles including Ricky Martin and recording his own solo albums; such as his latest effort, ‘The Art of Malice’ which is available now.

CLICK HERE to listen to the entire 20-minute audio interview.


Wicked Wednesdays: FREE High-Res Sydney Street Textures 2

01 Sep

This week we’ve got another series of six high-resolution texture images from a recent trip into the Sydney CBD (CLICK HERE for our first series). The city is full of amazing textures and we could probably spend a year bringing you nothing but images from the CBD alone; however this will probably be our last for some time.

This series includes more walk way textures including a timber boardwalk, cobblestones, the top of a stainless steel bollard, one of the city’s ‘smart poles’ and some stainless panelling. They’re all FREE for personal and commercial use; however resale, repackaging and redistribution are not permitted.

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