DIMEBAG DARRELL – DIMEVISION VOL. 2: ROLL WITH IT OR GET ROLLED OVER (METAL BLADE RECORDS)
Back in 2006, the world was given Dimevision Vol. 1: That’s The Fun I Have, and it was glorious. For those not in the know, it was a fun and touching look into the life of “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, pieced together from hundreds of hours of footage recorded from video cameras he always carried with him between the late 80’s and his early years. There was a plan to release a second volume a year later, but obviously, that didn’t happen. Well, those who eagerly awaited a Volume 2 can now rejoice, as Dimevision Vol. 2: Roll With It Or Get Rolled Over is set to release on November 24 via Metal Blade Records.
Dimebag‘s longtime girlfriend Rita Haney worked in collaboration with Daryl “Bobby Tongs” Arnberger, one of Dimebag’s closest friends and official videographer for Pantera, Damageplan, and many other bands. The DVD portion will contain many hours of footage shot from his life both on and off the road and stage. Also with the DVD come five previously unreleased tracks (which are the focus of this article), demos picked from the plethora of tracks he recorded on his downtime. As Haney points out, these are not “lost” Pantera tracks, and the production values aren’t particularly great (they were recorded onto a 4-track), stating: “These songs come from his off-time, it was entertainment to him – one of them was even inspired by a George Michael solo record coming out back in the 80s! But he loved making music and he appreciated all kinds of music, whether he was making a joke of it or not, it still caught his ear, and I hope people can enjoy these songs for what they are and the spirit they were made in.” I’ve had a chance to listen to these five tracks, so my friends, let’s break it down.
Opener “Twisted” starts with a southern twang in guitar and the vocals are much the same. This track oozes southern rock and is a fantastic toe-tapper. It’s heavy not only instrumentally, but lyrically as well. For being recorded on a 4-track, the production is actually pretty damn good. Next up is “Ain’t No Struggle” and this one has less of a twang to it, opting instead to go with hard-hitting yet even-tempo guitar riffs, melodic clean singing, and ending with a sweet, sweet drum finish. The guitar licks in the chorus are simply amazing.
“True” is a bit different, coming in with kind of a funky keyboard/synth intro and vocals reminiscent of mid-80’s pop. It’s a fun song for sure, with a nice beat and a guitar solo slightly after the midpoint of a caliber that only Dimebag himself could produce. The shortest track here is “Let’s Go”, coming in at just under a minute, and were it longer it would sound like a Pantera track through-and-through. It’s super heavy and fast-paced. Were it not for the fact that these tracks were recorded purely for fun, I’d probably fault the short length but it’s fine here. The final track is “Whiskey Road” and while it doesn’t have the same southern twang as “Twisted”, it’s still a southern rock song at its core. It is slower than the other tracks, and it’s a pretty emotional tune, but it still has a good enough beat and tempo to keep things interesting. The solo is absolutely fantastic as well. This is the longest track here, coming in at just over six minutes. It’s a great closer.
Good news, everyone! Rita Haney definitely has plans to release even more Dimebag footage and music, exclaiming, “We originally wanted to put out one of these every year, but time just got away from us, and now we really want to make that happen. This one will be released in the fall and we hope to make it an annual thing. It will all depend on if the fans want it and support it!” I have yet to see the video footage in Dimevision Vol. 2, but simply for these additional tracks alone, I’m going to tell you that it will be well worth it. I mean, you’ll get to see candid footage from Dimebag‘s life that’s sure to entertain PLUS hear five never-before-heard demo tracks that are all absolutely amazing.
Dimevision Vol. 2: Roll With It Or Get Rolled Over is an album that does not let the listener down, especially if you’re a fan. I haven’t heard anything this good in a while, and that’s saying something considering these were just recorded for the hell of it. Any fan of Pantera or Dimebag absolutely is going to need this in their life.
Final Score: 5 out of 5 axes
- Ain’t No Struggle
- Let’s Go
- Whiskey Road
Written by Mitch Ellerbrock for Bloodrock Media on November 13, 2017