Suicide Silence was the last band up before Megadeth on the Endgame tour and they brought a crushing set of deathcore under equally brutal red lights.I broke out the Nikon Speedlights for this set and went with three Nikon SB-900s to do the job and cut through a bit of the red haze.
Just as with photographing other hardcore metal bands, Suicide Silence was a nice challenge due to the activity on stage and the plethora of monitors the band used. In addition, there was a riser at the front of the stage for singer Mitch Lucker, whose doubled-over vocals made him a great target during this shoot.
Overall, this gig was very similar in treatment and execution to that of Bring Me The Horizon’s performance on this year’s Taste of Chaos Tour.
The lighting treatment used for this gig was relatively dark and moody, with a ton of red lights employed at the back of the stage. To compliment this, I used a wireless flash setup that consisted of two remote speedlights (SB-900s) and an SB-900 camera on-camera as the commander. My shutter speed was relatively low, between 1/10 and 1/40 or so in order to pick up enough ambient light at f/2.8 and ISO 1600.
If you haven’t seen the preview for Megadeth, you can view those two snaps here. Stay tuned for the full set from the Endgame headliners.