With 2006’s Dimevision Vol 1: That’s The Fun I Have, fans the world over of Dimebag Darrell and his work with Pantera and Damageplan were treated with a chance to see into the world of the great legendary guitarist. It was compiled from many hours of video footage and it ended up becoming this poignant memorial for the late musician. Fast forward to the present day in 2017 and the time has come for the unleashing of its follow up, Vol 2: Roll With It or Get Rolled Over.
Heading into the second volume, Dimebag’s longtime girlfriend Rita Haney worked in collaboration with Daryl “Bobby Tongs” Amberger, who was not only one of Dimebag’s closest friends both on and off the road, but also worked as an official videographer for Pantera, Damageplan and an array of A-list musicians from Slipknot to Dolly Parton. Upon hearing this, you know it is going to be something very special indeed.
Accompanying the dvd are five previously unheard demos, picked from a vast catalog accrued over the years, dating all the way back to 1984.
“Twisted” starts this unique gift off and for a second you feel like a fly on a wall, listening to something you shouldn’t be. It’s literally like being given a AAA pass into the world of Dimebag Darrell. It’s raw, infectious and you can’t help but smile. You can really feel the human element and his spirit shining through, especially when his signature guitar sound is in the spotlight. “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” follows and it’s not what you expect from this ultimate guitar hero, but you love it all the same. It shows off a different side to Dime and how he appreciated all styles of music. It’s fun, colorful and true. Oh and never fear, it still has a standout guitar solo. “Let’s Go” blasts in and destroys everything in its path within 56 seconds and before you know it, it’s gone. You know that you will drink to that! “Whiskey Road” brings this extraordinary piece of art, to its close and you don’t want it to end. It’s soulful, it’s compelling, and you will find yourself drunk in love with this song.
This is spine-tingling good. You can feel him with you throughout and it’s like he’s watching over you, watching over him.
Vol 2: Roll With It or Get Rolled Over is something truly special and monumental.