According to RevolverMag.com, a previously unreleased song written and performed in its entirety (including vocals) by late PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott is now available for download via CDBaby.com. The track is also featured in a video that is being released to promote the Dimebag Darrell tribute skateboard — a collaboration between the Dimebag Hardware clothing line (owned and operated by Dimebag‘s longtime girlfriend Rita Haney and featuring some of the apparel that Abbott himself designed before his untimely death) and Elephant Brand Skateboards (owned by pro skateboarder Mike Vallely). The special board can be purchased via Dimebag Hardware‘s web site.
The video, which was filmed at Abbott and Haney‘s home in Dalworthington Gardens, Texas, features Vallely and Stone Hendrikx. Also in the video are Haney, Eric Hendrikx, and characters from the PANTERA home videos and “Dimevision” video. The video was filmed and edited by Eric Hendrikx (co-author of Zakk Wylde‘s “Bringing Metal To The Children”) and Stone Hendrikx, a competitive street skater, with edits and animation by Andrew Parker of Elephant Brand Skateboards.
Haney provided the “Twisted” track from her collection of Darrell‘s personal archives. She tells Revolver magazine, “This little ditty is one Dime created after we moved into the hut in DWG, Texas — Darrell triumphantly referred our home as ‘The Fortress.’ It was just before his 30th birthday in July of ’96 — hence the line, ‘I lived the lives of a million men/Yet I ain’t even 30 years old.’ When we were selecting a song for the video, ‘Twisted’ was the first that came to mind and, after seeing what Eric and Stone Hendrikx captured on video, it was the perfect song and vibe — 100 percent Dime-style!”
She adds, “One of my fondest memories was when Darrell played me the song for the first time and he said, ‘Did ya catch it? You went gold!’ He was referring to the last chorus where he sings, ‘Can you feel me in your soul? I’ve been by your side for 10 long years and I ain’t even 30 years old, no!’ I still have the biggest smile on my face every time I hear it!!!”