“Mayhem: 2008-2013” is a massive 300-plus page, over-sized book created by famed Los Angeles photographer Strati Hovartos, documenting the first six years, and capturing the essence of The Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. The festival has become one of the most popular and successful Summer tours and is the highlight of the Summer for metal heads across North America. Each Summer some of the biggest bands in the business hit the road for this memorable festival which is defined by heavy music, snapping necks, and swirling pits.
The book started as a Hovartos solo project but gradually evolved into collaboration by some of the industry’s best photographers. The detail in the images is tremendous and the photos really do capture the emotion, passion, and sun-soaked, sweat-drenched crowds in tremendous detail, bringing them to life right there on the page before you.
For lack of a better word this is a “Heavy Metal coffee table book,” something to leave out on display; a conversation piece that you will want to cherish and revisit over and over again. Some of the bands you will find inside include Slipknot, Megadeth, Machine Head, Godsmack and many, many more. “Mayhem: 2008-2013” also contains forewords by Corey Taylor (Stone Sour, Slipknot) as well as founders Kevin Lyman and John Reese. This is a must-have book for metal heads everywhere!
Written by: Strati Hovartos
Format/Length: 304 pages
Publisher: Mayhem Festival (2014)
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