KILLER DWARFS

Glam Metal • Canada
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A band from Canada(twice being nominated for a Juno award), the Killer Dwarfs were known for their quirky humor, such as all the members surprisingly going by the surname of Dwarf. Lead singer Russ Dwarf only stood in at 5'4", but the rest of the band was rather tall despite rumors that you had to be under a certain height in order to join. The Killer Dwarfs arose from the ashes of vocalist Russ "Dwarf" Graham and drummer Darrell "Dwarf" Millar's club bands in Toronto, Ontario in late 1981. Rounded out by Bryce "Dwarf" Trewin (guitar) and Ange "Dwarf" Fodero (bass) the band released their self-titled debut album. It would be three years before the follow-up was released; due in part to Bryce and Ange leaving because they thought the band was going nowhere. They both left the band in 1984 to be replaced by Mike "Dwarf" read more...
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KILLER DWARFS Killer Dwarfs album cover 3.92 | 2 ratings
Killer Dwarfs
Glam Metal 1983
KILLER DWARFS Stand Tall album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Stand Tall
Glam Metal 1986
KILLER DWARFS Big Deal album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Big Deal
Glam Metal 1988
KILLER DWARFS Dirty Weapons album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Dirty Weapons
Glam Metal 1990
KILLER DWARFS Method to the Madness album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Method to the Madness
Glam Metal 1992

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KILLER DWARFS Reunion of Scribes album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Reunion of Scribes
Glam Metal 2002

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Reunion of Scribes: Live 2001
Glam Metal 2003

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KILLER DWARFS Killer Dwarfs

Album · 1983 · Glam Metal
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This is the 1983 self-titled debut by the Canadian heavy metal band KiLLeR DWaRfS. I don't know why I waited 33 years to get this. I knew their songs "Heavy Metal Breakdown" and "Keep the Spirit Alive" but never bought any of their albums. (smacks forehead)

Though the band would later sound and look like a hairband, the debut comes from some other metal territory. If Anvil are somewhere between Judas Priest and thrash metal, this first offering from the Dwarfs is somewhere amidst mid-seventies Rush, early Saxon, and early, heavy Triumph. "Gotta Lose to Win" begins a bit like "Animal Magnetism" era Scorpions.

The songs are built on excellent riffs and a simple structure of vocals, guitar, bass, and drums. Except for the lead guitar solos, there's little in the way of additional recording tracks. Russ "Dwarf" Graham often sounds a lot like mid-seventies Geddy Lee but throws in some Gil Moore/Rik Emmett high falsetto howls for effect. There are some gentler moments on the album when the music resembles Rush for two songs anyway.

The Dwarfs were often considered NWoBHM even though they were Canadian, and listening to this album it's no surprise. Hair metal or glam metal is often smiley metal: good party rock like Helix. The Dwarfs avoid the smiles and go straight for pounding rhythm and stellar riffs, blazing solos and tuff enuf vocals. This is the serious side of metal but without the death fetish.

My only concern is that Russ sometimes seems to be on the verge of loosing the note. Also, this does sound like a debut effort because of the relative simplicity of the song arrangements and instrumentation. That would all change by their third album "Big Deal" when they got a big deal from Sony. I personally prefer this album much more. It's raw. It's heavy. It rocks. Well recommended to fans of early eighties NWoBHM. The reissue comes with three previously unreleased tracks which are as good as anything on the original album, perhaps even heavier. It also means the album doesn't end with a pseudo-ballad that isn't far from reminiscent of a side B track from "2112" or "Fly By Night".

This album embodies so well the spirit of heavy metal as it was reckoned in 1983. I can just see the disapproving looks of parents...!

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