Dimebag fans are you ready! The second installment of Dimevision named Roll With It Or Get Rolled Over is set to be released on the 24th of November 2017 via Metal Blade Records. Just like the first, it is named after a phrase Dime used on the road. “He’d call from the road and he’d say ‘man, I’m beat up out here, but that’s the highs and lows of rock and roll. You gotta roll with it or get rolled over.’” Rita Haney (2017 Slessor)
Rita Haney, Dimebag Darrell’s long-time girlfriend collaborated with friend Daryl “Bobby Tongs” Arnberger on the project. Daryl is a well-known Cinematographer and has worked with many high-profile bands in his career. He was also a good mate of Dime’s and worked as Pantera’s and Damageplan’s official videographer. They have put together an amazing collection of works and video to really celebrate Dime’s life and the way he really saw the world. Daryl Arnberger has been quoted as saying “As I watched, I envisioned certain segments and ideas coming to life in my head, and rather than it serving as a memorial, this second DVD is more about the vision Dime had in his head for this footage, what he actually wanted it to become. This one is more uplifting, funny, and it stays 100% true to his idea for Dimevision.” (2017 Slessor) Dimevision Vol.2 is a DVD/CD set with five unheard demos that Dime recorded on his old 4-track.
Overdrive had a chance to check out the Dimevision Vol. 2 CD and here are our thoughts.
This demo proves to be a thunderous showcase of Dime’s creativity, and the way he would spend his days off. It is another side that lets the fans get to know him a little better, as those closest to him let us see and hear those thoughts/ideas. Rita has mentioned that these tracks are not Pantera or Damageplan long-lost songs, so be ready for that, they were recorded on a 4-track when Dime was on his downtime from playing shows. “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.” Rita Haney (2017 Slessor)
The album starts with the song “Twisted”. This is very country influenced, it really took me back to Rebel Meets Rebel. When Dime, Vinnie, and Rex teamed up with David Allan Coe. “Twisted” then smashers into the chorus for a heavy headbanging riff, and it would not be a dime song without that sweet solo. The solo kind of gave me a little of a “Flood’s” vibe but is unique unto its self.
“Ain’t No Struggle”, is the next song on the album and this to me, screams a homage to Dime’s favourite guitarist, Ace Frehley and Eddie Van Halen. It is a cool mix of old school metal with the Dime touch.
“True“, track three on the album. This song is so not what I was expecting but loved it. I don’t want to give too much away but it has a 1980’s sound. It also has amazing guitar work as you would imagine being a Dime song and is a must listen.
The shortest song at 56 seconds, is “Let’s Go“ and is amazing start to finish. A top track in this reviewer’s opinion.
The last song is called “Whiskey Road“. It is an emotionally-rich song, with a masterful take on the content. I can see it being a favourite for fans everywhere.
This album is saturated with everything we love and respect about Dime. I would recommend this to new and old fans alike. It has been mentioned that Dime had a process when creating each song. Dates, lyrics and his thoughts are all being shared with the fans. So, get your hands on a copy.
(All quotes from Rita Haney and Daryl Arnberger used in this review were from the Dimevision Vol.2 Bio written by, Dan Slessor.)