Music Photography by Joe Papeo

Photos: Mayhem Fest – Revolver Stage – All Shall Perish, Suicide Silence & Machine Head 7.27.11

PNC Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ, 7.27.11 – It feels like festivals used to be reserved for jam bands and hippies to give them enough time to have their acid wear off while seeing 10 of their favorite bands.  Over recent years festivals have expanded to all genre’s.  Metal’s festival made a stop in central NJ (or northern, NJ, depending on where you’re from) and it brought out the long hairs, and those that used to be long hairs before conforming to “the man”, out in droves.

Mayhem is spread over 3 stages.  The 2 side stages alternated every 30 minutes until the main stage opened up for the headliners.  I didn’t make it on time to shoot all bands, but those I got to see made me wish I never cut my luscious locks and could spend the day waiving my hair around.

The bands are not the same the entire tour as some of the headliners and supporting acts come and go on the tour.  The side stage was treated to a few great metal bands including Machine Head who, depending in which stop of the tour you were at, would also open up the main stage.  Here are the 3 acts I caught on the Revolver Stage, All Shall Perish, Suicide Silence and Machine Head.

Machine Head


Suicide Silence



All Shall Perish


Outdoor shoots have always been a thorn in my side.  One of my favorite things about shooting music is playing with the lighting.  The Revolver Stage had mid-day direct sunlight coming in from about 45 degrees stage right all day.  Besides being harsh, and having a tough time properly exposing, it gets kind of boring.

No slide shows for this set up here.  You can click on any picture above and it will take you to the full set for that band that includes more photos.

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