In Focus: Randy Blythe Captures the Magnitude of the Modern Era of Pantera

In Focus: Randy Blythe Captures the Magnitude of the Modern Era of Pantera

- By Ramon Gonzales

The Lamb Of God frontman documents the gravity of a reunited Pantera with Zakk Wylde and Charlie Benante joining the ranks to honor the life and legacy of the brothers Abbott - VInnie and Dime.


Lamb of God frontman and heavy culture ambassador Randy Blythe continues his intermittent series of his observations from behind his camera. 

The In Focus series presents a unique platform in which Blythe transitions from vocalist to documentarian, capturing and compiling a compelling collection of images that each have their own anecdotal quality. In much the same way Blythe asserts a standard of heavy in his music, his photography is equally substantive - offering a component to a bigger story with each entry. 

For the latest collection, Blythe revisits Lamb of God beginning their touring slate with the current incarnation of beloved metal pillars, Pantera. From his own unique vantage point, Blythe frames the magnitude of the band's reformation and emphasizes the importance of the Cowboys from Hell - spanning generations of fans from all walks of life. 


From Randy Blythe...
In the summer of 2023 and early winter of 2024, Lamb of God went on tour with the surviving members of Pantera -  the band filled out by the addition of Charlie Benante and Zakk Wylde.
From the beginning, the tour was presented with great respect for Dimebag Darrell and Vinnie Paul, the two Abbott brothers and founders of the band who are now deceased. I had been curious as to how the whole thing would be received, as everyone and their uncle seemed to have an opinion about it.
And how was it received?
Every single show was PACKED, and everyone in the audience seemed to deliriously happy to hear those mighty songs being played live once again after so many years. As well, behind the scenes there was a real family vibe — Pantera and crew were one of the most relaxed, down-to-earth bunch of folks we’ve ever toured with.
Overall, it was a great (if at times highly emotional, for obvious reasons) experience, especially for those who were too young to see Pantera back in the day.
Here’s a few shots I took on tour. I had a blast!
Rest In Peace, Vinnie & Dime.
Lamb of God will join Pantera for the 2024 edition of Knotfest Australia before returning stateside for an appearance at Sick New World ahead of their summer tour with Mastodon.
The Ashes of Leviathan Summer Tour will feature support from Kerry King, Malevolence and Unearth on select dates and will see Lamb of God marking the 20th anniversary of their seminal, Ashes of the Wake LP. 
Get a complete list of confirmed dates - HERE
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