Meet Kayla Kent, the YouTuber channeling the spirit of Dimebag Darrell with her eerily accurate Pantera covers

Kayla Kent
(Image credit: Kayla Kent / YouTube)

Best of 2022: One of the most influential guitarists of all time, Dimebag Darrell had a sound that was – and is to this day – near-inimitable. Play his characteristic hard-hitting riffs and pinch harmonic squeals to any modern-day acolyte of heavy metal and they'll identify who's playing without a moment's hesitation.

But in spite of his ultra-nuanced playing style, Dimebag Darrell still – nearly 18 years after his tragic death – continues to inspire guitarists to try to recreate his sound. And few do quite as impressive a job as Kayla Kent, a YouTuber who has dedicated her entire channel to creating frighteningly accurate Pantera covers.

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Sam Roche

Sam was Staff Writer at from 2019 to 2023, and also created content for Total Guitar, Guitarist and Guitar Player. He has well over 15 years of guitar playing under his belt, as well as a degree in Music Technology (Mixing and Mastering). He's a metalhead through and through, but has a thorough appreciation for all genres of music. In his spare time, Sam creates point-of-view guitar lesson videos on YouTube under the name Sightline Guitar.