Artist: Dimebag Darrell
Album: Dimevision, Vol.2: Roll With It or Get Rolled Over
Review by Steve Jenkins
With 2006's Dimevision Vol 1: That's The Fun I Have, fans of Dimebag Darrell and his work with Pantera and Damageplan, were afforded the chance to see into the world of the legendary guitarist. Compiled from the many, many hours of video footage captured between the mid 80's and his later years, it was a funny, touching and poignant memorial. Its follow up, Vol 2: Roll With It Or Get Rolled Over, is a true celebration of the man and how he lived his life.
Along with this monumental DVD are 5 previously unheard demo tracks, hand-picked from a vast catalogue that was accumulated over the years, going all the way back to 1994.
The first track, "Twisted" is a unique offering that may or may not be something most fans will even associate with Pantera or Dimebag. It feels like a jam that you accidentally hear when you walk in on the rehearsal room while they're just jamming, but you stick around to hear how it goes of course. There is that signature guitar sound shining throughout this song and the more clear it becomes that it's the legend himself giving us another real and special piece of music.
“Ain’t No Struggle” tears through with heavier, grunge-filled corners and distorted guitars to boot. It captures the essence of a fight or a struggle throughout, but you claw your way out to the other side unscathed and ready to move on to the next.
“True” is definitely not what you would expect from this ultimate guitar hero, even more so then the first track. It really shows off a different side to Dimebag and how he appreciated all styles of music. This really is the other end of the scale when you compare this track to most of what Dimebag associated his music career towards. It’s fun, colorful, interesting and yes it still does feature a guitar solo despite the mostly 80's retro pop vibe that this track gives us.
“Let’s Go” is a minute of destruction that obliterates everything in its path, and before you know it, it’s gone, leaving you sitting there wanting more.
“Whiskey Road” brings this extraordinary and intriguing musical offering to an end, it’s packed full of soul and emotion, it’s compelling, and you will find yourself wanting to pour a stiff drink and raise a glass to the career of this legend of not just heavy metal, but music in general.
This is a wonderful reminder of how incredible Dimebag was as a musician and a must listen for any fan of his work as an artist.
8 out of 10.