PANTERA / LAMB OF GOD Kickoff Tour At Amerant Bank Arena!

February 5, 2024, 2 months ago

Words and Photos by Jose Pimienta

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The Amerant Bank Arena crackled with energy on February 3rd, 2024, as heavy metal aficionados from all corners of the city gathered for a night of raw power and adrenaline-pumping performances. This was the inaugural show of the latest tour leg featuring metal legends Pantera, supported by Lamb Of God and the up-and-coming Nest.

Nest, the opening act, wasted no time in setting the tone for the evening. Their blend of sludge and doom and haunting lyrics served as the perfect appetizer for what was to come. Despite being relatively new to the scene, Nest commanded the stage with confidence, delivering a tight and passionate set that left the audience hungry for more. John Jarvis' commanding presence and emotive delivery captivated the audience, setting the stage for an unforgettable night of metal mayhem.

As the lights dimmed and the anticipation reached its peak, Lamb Of God exploded onto the stage with an intensity that could be felt in every corner of the arena. From the moment they launched into their first song, the crowd was electrified, with bodies thrashing in sync with the pounding rhythms. Randy Blythe's ferocious vocals cut through the air like a knife, backed by the relentless assault of guitars and drums. Highlights of their set included fan favorites like "Redneck" and "Walk With Me In Hell," each performed with a fervor that bordered on the cathartic.

And then, it was time for the main event. Pantera, the titans of metal, emerged amidst a deafening roar from the crowd. Despite the absence of their iconic late guitarist Dimebag Darrell and drummer Vinnie Paul, the remaining members—Phil Anselmo and Rex Brown—alongside esteemed guests, drummer Charlie Benante from Anthrax, and legendary guitarist Zakk Wylde, stood united to carry on the legacy of the band. This Pantera reunion tour, "for the fans, for the brothers, and for the legacy," was a momentous occasion that stirred emotions and rocked the foundations of the Amerant Bank Arena.

Opening with the classic anthem "A New Level" they immediately unleashed a sonic onslaught that left no head un-banged. Anselmo's vocals were as powerful and guttural as ever, perfectly complemented by Brown's thunderous bass lines, Benante's precision drumming, and Wylde's blistering guitar solos. The chemistry between the musicians was electrifying, a testament to their mutual respect and dedication to honoring the memory of Dimebag and Vinnie.

The setlist was a headbanger's dream, spanning their illustrious career and including iconic tracks like "Walk," "5 Minutes," and "Fucking Hostile." Each song was a poignant reminder of the band's enduring impact on the metal genre and the hearts of their fans. The crowd erupted into a frenzy, with fists pumping and voices raised in unison as they sang along to every word, their passion igniting the stage.

But perhaps the most poignant moment of the night came during the encore when Pantera paid tribute to Dimebag Darrell and Vinnie Paul with a heartfelt rendition of "Floods", for the first time live since 2001 As Anselmo delivered the poignant lyrics, a hush fell over the arena, and for a brief moment, it felt as though time stood still. With Wylde's haunting guitar solos and Benante's thunderous drumming, it was a powerful testament to the indelible mark that Dimebag and Vinnie left on the world of heavy metal, and a reminder that their spirit lives on through their music.

In the end, the concert was more than just a showcase of musical talent—it was a celebration of the unbreakable bond between artists and fans, united by their love for heavy metal and their reverence for Pantera's legacy. As the final notes echoed through the arena and the lights faded to black, it was clear that this night would be remembered as a monumental tribute to two fallen brothers and a testament to the enduring power of music to unite and inspire. Pantera, alongside Lamb of God and Nest, had delivered a concert for the ages, leaving their fans exhilarated and hungry for more.

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