Photos: Suicide Silence @ Mayhem Fest 2011

Suicide Silence performing on the Mayhem Festival at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St. Louis, Missouri on July 19, 2011. © Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung)

The last time I caught Suicide Silence, they were opening up for Megadeth. And while the lineup had changed and shuffled, Suicide Silence found themselves playing before Megadeth once again at Mayhem Fest 2011, among other heavy music heroes like Disturbed, Godsmack and Machine Head.

Still, for all the main stage drawing power, Suicide Silence was the one reason I showed up early to Mayhem. Just as before, the energy the band brought to the stage was infectious and a blast to shoot.

Suicide Silence performing on the Mayhem Festival at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St. Louis, Missouri on July 19, 2011. © Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung)

Suicide Silence performing on the Mayhem Festival at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St. Louis, Missouri on July 19, 2011. © Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung)

Suicide Silence performing on the Mayhem Festival at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St. Louis, Missouri on July 19, 2011. © Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung)

Suicide Silence performing on the Mayhem Festival at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St. Louis, Missouri on July 19, 2011. © Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung)

Suicide Silence performing on the Mayhem Festival at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St. Louis, Missouri on July 19, 2011. © Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung)

Suicide Silence performing on the Mayhem Festival at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St. Louis, Missouri on July 19, 2011. © Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung)

Suicide Silence performing on the Mayhem Festival at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St. Louis, Missouri on July 19, 2011. © Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung)

Suicide Silence performing on the Mayhem Festival at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St. Louis, Missouri on July 19, 2011. © Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung)

Suicide Silence performing on the Mayhem Festival at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St. Louis, Missouri on July 19, 2011. © Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung)

Suicide Silence performing on the Mayhem Festival at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St. Louis, Missouri on July 19, 2011. © Todd Owyoung. (Todd Owyoung)

Photographer's Notes:

Cameras Used:

  • Nikon D3
  • Nikon D700

Lenses Used:

Nothing like a little deathcore to start off a day of shooting. One of the best things about this band is singer Mitch Lurker's intensity of delivery. He's just plain fun to photograph.

Also, Mitch doesn't move around all that much on stage and tends to stick to the same area around his riser. This made it all the easier to try and nail a shot of him delivering vocals, which was a necessary help because his mic style means that most of his face is covered while singing.

This is also one of the few times at Mayhem Fest that I pulled out the Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 – anyone want to guess which images from this set were shot below 24mm?

My Camera DSLR and Lenses for Concert Photography

Nikon D750:
I use two Nikon D750 for my live music photography. Amazing high ISO performance in a compact body with tons of pro features.
nikon-24-70mm-f28-lens-squareNikon 24-70mm f/2.8:
For most gigs, the 24-70mm is my go-to lens. Exceptional image quality at wide apertures and super-functional range.
Nikon-70-200-squareNikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR:
A perfect pair to the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8, I can basically shoot any job with the midrange and this lens. Superb image quality.
nikon-14-24mm-f28-lens-squareNikon 14-24mm f/2.8:
Ultra-wide perspective, ridiculously sharp even wide open at f/2.8. I love using this lens up-close and personal, where it excels.
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