Any Mayhem Festival attendee surely would love to relive their treasured memories from their greatest hard rock and heavy metal festival experience over and over again – and now it’s possible! Introducing Mayhem: 2008-2013: a collection of dynamic and bold photos spanning the first six years of the Mayhem Festival. Created by Los Angeles-based photographer Strati Hovartos, this book gives fans an inside view of the fearless, behind-the-scenes look at the art, the rebellion and the grit that, in all of its glory… is Mayhem! As the official tour photographer, Strati’s body of work has documented the festival since its inception. Striking and bold, his images have captured epic performances of Metal greats, such as Rob Zombie, Slayer, Slipknot, Korn, and Avenged Sevenfold. With the turn of every page, your mind will be dominated and transported to the timelessness of the Mayhem Festival.
Mayhem: 2008-2013 features special forewords by Mayhem Festival co-creators Kevin Lyman and John Reese, as well as Slipknot and Stone Sour’s Corey Taylor and Rockstar Energy Drink’s Jason May. Mayhem: 2008-2013 started out as a solo project that eventually evolved into a collaboration of some of the industry’s most talented photographers. Inspired by the unique perspectives and signature styles of such photographic greats such as Shawn Crahan ~ aka Clown of Slipknot, Scott Uchida, Rob Fenn, Rudy De Donker, Lisa Johnson, Dean Karr, Bobby Tongs, Machine Head’s Robb Flynn and Justin Bauer, Strati was confident that the only way to fully project an all-encompassing and well-rounded view of the Mayhem experience was to include their work of riveting images alongside his.
“I wanted to be able to create a book that was a thorough look at Mayhem, and I felt my vision was limited to my perspective. So I reached out to a few of my favorite photographers and asked them to be a part of it. Along with my photos, I believe this book captures what Mayhem has been and is a vision of what Mayhem will be in the future.”, says Strati Hovartos. The result is collection of powerful, iconic and magnetic images capturing the true essence and spirit of Mayhem. Through their lens, you will feel the frenetic energy of the fans, be transported to memories of performances past, and be engulfed by the enthusiastic, rebellion and grit that IS Mayhem! These pages pay tribute to breakthrough performances by young bands performing at the festivalthrough their journey to the main stage.