August 21, 2023

PANTERA and LAMB OF GOD at Germania Insurance Amphitheatre

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Austin was invaded by heavy metal!

What a hot night here in Texas! Pantera and Lamb of God, together with Flesh Hoarder gave us an insane concert at the Germania Insurance Amphitheatre in Austin, Tx.

The whole show was unbelievable, people were singing all the songs, the music was loud, and their performance was out of this world. 

This is the first time we see Pantera on stage since 2001, sadly without two of the founding members, Dimebag Darrel and Vinnie Paul Abbott. However, Pantera’s legacy remains alive with surviving members of Pantera, Phil Anselmo and Rex Brown along with Zakk Wilde and Charlie Benante. 

Germania Insurance Amp - Photo: Armando Meza

FLESH HOARDER

Opening the night was Central Texas death metal band Flesh Hoarder.

While we didn’t know the band it was an amazing surprise. The growls, the heavy riffs and grooves was a straight punch to the face. This is a band that we will definitely recommend to death metal fans and catch them soon playing at the Hell & Heaven festival in Toluca, Mexico.

Flesh Hoarder - Photo: Armando Meza
Flesh Hoarder - Photo: Armando Meza
Flesh Hoarder - Photo: Armando Meza

LAMB OF GOD

Right after Flesh Hoarder came off-stage, Lamb of God jumped in and gave a powerful performance. Their set was a mix of old and new songs, without leaving on the side some of the fan favorites like “Resurrection Man”, “Laid to Rest”, and “Redneck” but also a few songs from their latest album “Omens”. 

The band performance was impeccable and allowed the crowd to enjoy the show as they sang, jumped, and moshed in the pit. A true expression of how metal is appreciated by the fans.

Lamb of God got off-stage after a sixty minute set and left the stage prepared for the final piece of the night.

Lamb Of God – Austin Setlist

  1. Memento Mori
  2. Walk With Me in Hell
  3. Resurrection Man
  4. Unknown
  5. Now You’ve Got Something to Die For
  6. Omens
  7. Ruin
  8. Laid to Rest
  9. Redneck
Lamb Of God - Photo: Armando Meza
Lamb Of God - Photo: Armando Meza
Lamb Of God - Photo: Armando Meza
Lamb Of God - Photo: Armando Meza

PANTERA

About thirty minutes later, the Pantera’s logo showed up in the curtain that was lifted on-stage and some old tour footage of Pantera showed up on the screens. With the footage we can see the silhouette of the Abbott brothers on the screen.

The band comes on-stage and blasts off with two of their classics from “Vulgar Display of Power”, “A New Level” and “Mouth for War”. Their set included a lot of songs from the album mentioned before and “Far Beyond Driven” and a few others from their catalog. 

The show itself was a tribute to the Abbott brothers. Phil Anselmo, vocalist of the band, mentioned that this whole show and every note played that night was dedicated to Dimebag and Vince, and it truly did. Throughout the show, the audience was presented with videos reminiscing the brothers and it was really touching.

Pantera - Photo: Armando Meza
Pantera - Photo: Armando Meza

Pantera’s performance is as good as ever. Dimebag and Vinnie left some huge shows to fill, but Zakk and Charlie played an amazing tribute to the brothers. Anselmo’s voice was really powerful, it was almost as if he never stopped playing with Pantera at all. He also interacted with the audience a lot and told a few stories.

The band left the best to close their main set. Starting with inviting Flesh Hoarder to sing their hit “Walk” with them which drove the audience crazy. Then they followed with “Domination / Hollow” and “Cowboys from Hell” just fueling up an already wild crowd. After the main set finished, they walked out for their encore and came back to perform “Yesterday Don’t Mean Shit”.

Pantera - Photo: Armando Meza
Pantera - Photo: Armando Meza
Pantera - Photo: Armando Meza

Pantera Austin Setlist:

  1. A New Level
  2. Mouth for War
  3. Strength Beyond Strength
  4. Becoming
  5. I’m Broken
  6. Suicide Note Pt. II
  7. 5 Minutes Alone
  8. This Love
  9. Fucking Hostile
  10. Cemetery Gates
  11. Planet Caravan (Black Sabbath cover)
  12. Walk
  13. Domination / Hollow
  14. Cowboys From Hell
  15. Yesterday Don’t Mean Shit


Overall it was an insane night for metal fans and it felt so great to see these legacy bands prove that they are still two of the best metal bands to exist. Pantera would still be touring along with Metallica but they also have a tour by themselves so make sure to catch one of their shows in your nearest city.

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