American metal rockers Slipknot were out on the road (again) and again thrilled audiences using Elation Professional hybrid Platinum SBX™

moving heads with visuals projected across a large LED wall made up of Elation EPT Series™ video display panels. In a sensory-overload show, a massive projection screen made up of EPT6IP™ LED panels flashed a mix of chilling imagery while Platinum SBX™ hybrid moving heads kept the mid-air visual look electric.

Production and lighting design was by Trevor Ahlstrand of Ahlstrand Productions with lighting supply by Gemini Light, Sound & Video, both of whom have worked with Slipknot on several tours. Known for their aggressive style of music and energetic live shows, Ahlstrand was looking for a combination beam and profile fixture that could keep up with the band’s hard driving show. “The SBX were chosen for their output to punch through the battling light of the video wall and to be able to backlight the band below,” he explains. “One of the main reasons I chose the SBX was its great beam while in profile mode. It has a great even field with a lot of output.”

Ahlstrand had a row of the 3-in-1 SBX luminaires placed on top of the set to give separation between the set and video wall. “The gobos look great and with the combination of the two prisms and its beam mode you can get so many different looks out of the light you never really have to repeat anything.” Because the SBX also includes a frost system the fixture can also be used for wash effects. For audience lighting the designer utilized Elation’s high-impact white light Cuepix Blinder WW2™ with 2 x 100W COB light sources.