Rating 8.5 out of 10
If you’re a fan of Pantera’s and own any of their old VHS tapes or DVD reissues, you are quite familiar with the video camera shenanigans captured on film by Dimebag Darrel and his crew. I think it is safe to say that a lot of his fanbase always wanted to see more, even before his untimely death. The Pantera videos where legendary due to all of the pranks, and messing around that the band had included aside from their music. Unfortunately, after someone passes away, there is always a huge demand for anything related to them, and it was no different with Dime, shirts, guitars, amps, etc. and to everyone’s credit that is part of Dime’s camp, the guys from Pantera, and Damageplan, we haven’t been inundated with cash-grabbing items like baseballs or other nonsense that the estates of others have released. We’ve seen the Rebel Meets Rebel release, the He Came To Rock paperback book, the Pantera albums remasters, as well as the much anticipated Dimevision Vol. 1.
Volume 1 was released back in 2003, and if you love anything remotely connected to Dime’s videos, and his sense of humor, then this is a must-have for you. Volume 2 takes things to the next level, as the production value is far superior to any of the previous videos, technology has helped that aspect, no doubt. The sequencing is much better, and it makes for a much more enjoyable experience, there were some sequences in the first volume that were so fast that it felt like you were on the bullet train looking at pictures fly by, which might make some people nauseous. That doesn’t happen here, volume 1 went for a more lo-fi approach, while this feels like a full-blown documentary, in all fairness, that could have been/is a sign of the times, and what was available back then, as compared to what is available today.
The content is great, a lot funnier for my money than the first one, as much as I loved the firecracker bits, this goes way beyond that. It also seems a lot more personal, as there is a lot more of Dime talking directly to the camera, as well as more of Dime shown on screen. It clocks in at a little under an hour and twenty minutes, and it flies by, as I was laughing through out most of it. Things that stood out to me, Dime isn’t featured playing as much as he did in volume 1, essentially everyone that Dime had every played with appears, even Phil Anselmo doing a cover of Motorhead’s Ace Of Spades alongside Dave Grohl, Robert Trujillo, and Dave Lombardo. This is taken from the infamous night where Anselmo got himself in hot water for doing a Nazi salute from the stage. Another interesting item is that Damageplan lead singer lead singer Patrick Lachman has his face pixelated at the roughly the four-minute mark, his face is pixelated, but his tattoos are there for all to see. He appears in volume 1, so it is kind of odd, which makes you wonder if there was some sort of falling out along the way. As recent as last year, Vinnie Paul did tell Eddie Trunk that “Damageplan would have been in it for the long haul if Dimebag hadn’t been murdered”, so what changed in less than a year?
All in all, a great watch, and very funny. If you’re into previous Dimevision or Pantera home videos, or Jackass style videos, this release is for you.
A PledgeMusic campaign has been launched to support the release, that in addition to acting as a pre-order, includes an assortment of rare items to buy, including props and costumes that belonged to Dimebag and that you can see in his home videos/Dimevision volumes, rare stage clothing, and other merchandise. Check it out here, and make sure to stop and watch the trailer: https://www.pledgemusic.com/
Or Order the DVD here: http://www.metalblade.com/dimevision/