November 24, 2017 Dimebag Darrell – Dimevision, Vol.2: Roll with It or Get Rolled Over (Review)
It has been a little more than a decade since legendary Pantera Guitarist Dimebag Darrell was taken from us. It has also been more than 25 years since he made his mark in music history: his guitar riffs and musical charisma were more than enough to have us all entranced. He broke the mold when it came to his musical prowess in the Metal world, and since his death we have all mourned the loss of his presence in and around the music world. We hope that someone will come along with a charvel guitar and luscious locks and play the f*** out of some melodic riffs, but there is no substitution for greatness.
Dimebag Darrell may have left us long ago but his spirit thrives on through every riff, every note that’s played on Heavy Metal guitars throughout the world. Not only does he live on in spirit but through his many recordings, both audio and visual. Dimevision, Vol.2: Roll with It or Get Rolled Over, released on Friday, November 24, 2017, through Metal Blade Records, right now as we speak, is the ticket for the Dimebag fan who wants to see a little more of the legend and how amazing he was in his everyday life.
Recorded with a video camera and 4-track bought by his longtime girlfriend Rita Haney, Dimevision, Vol.2: Roll with It or Get Rolled Over is an amazing view of the artist and how he lived and loved. These moments caught by Dimebag himself are precious and priceless. One of the biggest reasons that makes Dimevision, Vol.2: Roll with It or Get Rolled so amazing are the never-before-released tracks that accompany this collection of visual mementos. Recorded on a 4-track bought for him almost twenty years before his untimely passing, it catches the raw talent that is Dimebag Darrell.
“Twisted” is the first track on the list and it is bittersweet: right at the beginning of the song the lyrics are aimed at his lifestyle at the time and how it was going to be his demise. It is an awesome track really, but almost brings tears to your eyes knowing that he suspected his fate and that no one will ever carry a solo like him. The vocals are rugged and the guitar riffs are flawless. You completely forget the fact that this was recorded using a 4-track, the only real focus is the awesome music and fond memories of Dimebag’s heyday.
Rita Haney has said that Dimebag looked everywhere for inspiration and influence when it came to music and it shows heavily with ” True.” This track, even though it has those brutal guitar riffs we all know and love, has a very George Michael feel. Yeah, completely hard to believe given Dimebag’s musical history, but believe it when it is said that this track is a must listen! How can you not want to? George Michael and Metal guitar riffs? Yes, please.
Then you have “Let’s Go,” which is completely that Cowboys From Hell (1990) in-your-face attitude. It is flashy and fast; it gets you amped for the closing track and it makes you feel that Dimebag didn’t leave us. Even though these tracks have nothing to do with Pantera, it really begs you to get those old albums out; break out any Pantera album and zone-out, and let the carnage whisk you away.
If you’re a fan of Dimebag then you know of his love for Crown Royal. If you didn’t know he had a taste for whisky, then “Whiskey Road” will definitely let you know he did. There really is no better way to end this track-list than with this song: its lyrics are filled with emotion and feeling, and you can really see Dimebag here; you can see the enigmatic person that he was. To be lost in a solo that you have yet to hear is just hypnotic and mesmerizing.
Dimevision, Vol.2: Roll with It or Get Rolled Over is just amazing and full of energy. It truly makes us miss this talented individual; it makes us yearn for those days of Dimebag’s reign, for the days of true Metal and Rock. One of the biggest surprises of 2017, CrypticRock gives Dimevision, Vol.2: Roll with It or Get Rolled Over 5 out of 5 stars.