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D. Randall Blythe  🏄SK8/#NIGHTMAREARMY/#Suncult/🔴📷Leica M10-P typ3656/M Monochrom typ246/Leica Q/Author-Dark Days (DaCapo)/UNBUILT. @gimmeradio. My PHOTOS here, NOT band

I AM JOULUPUKKI. Now THIS is how you end a tour- our tech Marcus got us a Christmas tree for the last few shows for backstage stage left. Last night the tour finished in Helsinki, so we rolled it out on stage, & I invited everyone from all the bands & crew to come onstage & just hang out during our last song- it was a blast having band & crew members from @slayerbandofficial, @anthrax, & @obituaryband just kicking back, having a drink, & chillin’ while we finished our last set. I hope you all have safe travels home & happy holidays. Good times in Finland...

The darkness is beautiful. #hivecrusher

“Deathlike Silence” Oslo, Norway. 12.6.2018. Our lighting guy, @steve.cowboy.stemac, is a huge fan of Norwegian black metal, so today we had to make the grim & frostbitten 15 minute pilgrimage across town to the basement of Helvete (now @neseblod_records_666.) A lot of dark history here... #blackpackers #Leica #LeicaCamera #LeicaCameraUSA #LeicaM #LeicaM10P #LeicaM10Ptyp3656 #🔴📷 #Summilux #Summilux35mm #LeicaCraft #MyLeicaJourney #MKexplore #drandallblythe #RatsEyesPhotography #HoneTheAesthetic

“Doctor Rock” Stockholm, Sweden. 12.5.2018 Sometimes you’re just kicking it backstage & all of the sudden @mikkeydeeofficial busts up in your dressing room & starts telling you stories about Lemmy for half an hour until his buddy comes in & drags him away. What a cool experience, & what an awesome guy. MOTÖRHEAD FOREVER, MOTHERFUCKERS. #Leica #LeicaCamera #LeicaCameraUSA #LeicaM #LeicaM10P #LeicaM10Ptyp3656 #🔴📷 #Summilux #Summilux35mm #LeicaCraft #MyLeicaJourney #MKexplore #drandallblythe #RatsEyesPhotography #HoneTheAesthetic

“It’s Not Easy Being Green (or suddenly having to learn an entire Slayer set in like 3 days)” 12.3.2018. Copenhagen, Denmark. Well done, @demmelitionmh, well-fucking-done. Way to represent the Bay Area, & help out the homie @garyholt_official so that this tour can carry on. #Leica #LeicaCamera #LeicaCameraUSA #LeicaM #LeicaM10P #LeicaM10Ptyp3656 #🔴📷 #Summicron #Summicron75mm #LeicaCraft #MyLeicaJourney #MKexplore #drandallblythe #RatsEyesPhotography #HoneTheAesthetic

“Holt Reigning” Berlin, Germany. 12.2.2018. Last night my bro @garyholt_official played a ripping show in Berlin with his band, Slayer. Today he is flying home to be with his ailing father, who is coming to the end of his journey in this realm. I am not speaking out of turn here, as Gary announced it himself. I shot this picture as Slayer finished their set, near the very end of “Angel of Death.” It was an amazing show, & no one in the audience would have ever suspected that anything was on Gary’s mind other than shredding Slayer’s most famous song to pieces. But I knew– I could see the emotions he was going through– I was right there, & it choked me up a bit. This is the life we choose to live as touring musicians & crew members– it’s cool, but it comes at a cost. No one wants to be thousands of miles away from home when things go South, but it happens all the time. I personally have had a family member pass away while I was on tour, & I got onstage & played a show a couple of hours after receiving the news, even though “entertaining” a few thousand people was the very last thing I wanted to do. And I am in no way unique in this- I know many, many band & crew members who have gone through similar situations, but they all wiped away their tears, put on their game face, & made the show happen until they could get home. THIS IS WHAT WE DO, & if we do it well, the audience will never know anything is wrong onstage- they don’t pay to see someone be bummed out, no matter what crisis is happening back at home. So when you look at this photo of Gary playing in front of over ten thousand fans, know that you are looking at a picture of a TRUE PROFESSIONAL. I was really proud to watch my friend do his job last night, & I am so glad he’s going home to be with his Dad– family first, ALWAYS. Much love to you & your family, Gary. RESPECT. #Leica #LeicaCamera #LeicaCameraUSA #LeicaM #LeicaM10P #LeicaM10Ptyp3656 #🔴📷 #Summilux #Summilux50mm #LeicaCraft #MyLeicaJourney #MKexplore #drandallblythe #RatsEyesPhotography #HoneTheAesthetic

“Duality” Berlin, Germany. 12.1.2018 Berlin is a city of contrasts if it is anything, & the history of that duality is written into the very architecture of the metropolis. #Leica #LeicaCamera #LeicaCameraUSA #LeicaM #LeicaM10P #LeicaM10Ptyp3656 #🔴📷 #Summilux #Summilux35mm #LeicaCraft #MyLeicaJourney #MKexplore #drandallblythe #RatsEyesPhotography #HoneTheAesthetic

“Shadows of the Past” Berlin, Germany. 12.1.2018. This my bro, Nico (@amokkoma.dareal.) I met him a few years ago when our bands did some gigs together. Nico grew up in West Berlin, spending his teenage years running wild in the famous Kreuzberg neighborhood after the fall of the Berlin Wall- it must have been a very exciting time to live in Berlin. We went to go see the @ninetiesberlin exhibit yesterday, which covered a lot of the artistic subcultures that flourished during his youth, as well as walking around part of what’s left of the Berlin Wall today. Nico was telling me about a trip he made to East Berlin when he was a little kid before the wall fell, about how barren the grocery stores were & how sorry he felt for the kids stuck in East Berlin. As we were walking & talking by the wall, an old taxi came by, spewing diesel fumes- “It smelled like that everywhere in East Berlin!” he said. It’s a trip how certain things, like smells or certain sounds can trigger memories. It was great hanging with ya, bro! Everyone should check out Nico’s new band, @grayxnoir- ripping & grim hardcore. #Leica #LeicaCamera #LeicaCameraUSA #LeicaM #LeicaM10P #LeicaM10Ptyp3656 #🔴📷 #Summilux #Summilux50mm #LeicaCraft #MyLeicaJourney #MKexplore #drandallblythe #RatsEyesPhotography #HoneTheAesthetic

“Divided Echoes” Berlin, Germany. 12.1.2018. A wall of AK-47s at the fantastic @ninetiesberlin exhibit I saw yesterday with my buddy @amokkoma.dareal. Each gun represents a person shot & killed while trying to escape East Berlin into West Berlin by going over the wall. The Wall existed as a barrier from 1961 to 1989. I remember very well the day it first started coming down- it was a happy day for the world. The lessons history teach are important... #Leica #LeicaCamera #LeicaCameraUSA #LeicaM #LeicaM10P #LeicaM10Ptyp3656 #🔴📷 #Summilux #Summilux35mm #LeicaCraft #MyLeicaJourney #MKexplore #drandallblythe #RatsEyesPhotography #HoneTheAesthetic

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