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Killer Dwarfs - 1992 Method To The Madness

ARTIST: Killer Dwarfs
ALBUM: Method To The Madness
SERIAL: EK 47322
YEAR: 1992


LINEUP: Russ Dwarf - vocals * Gerry Dwarf - guitar and vocals * Bad Ronbo Dwarf - bass and vocals * Darrell Dwarf - drums and vocals

Additional Musician: Nicky Hopkins - piano

TRACK LISTING: 01 Hard Luck Town * 02 Just As Well * 03 Driftin' Back * 04 All My Heroes * 05 Stranger Than Fiction * 06 Four Seasons * 07 Method To The Madness * 08 Give And Take * 09 Look Around * 10 G.T.Y (Goodbye To Yesterday) * 11 Cowboys And Conmen * 12 Doesn't Matter

WEBLINKS: www.killerdwarfs.com

It was clear by 1992 that Canadian band Killer Dwarfs had reached an impasse. After a string of decent albums between 1986 and 1990, the Canucks had really struck a chord with the metal community; their 1988 and 1990 albums in particular were damn good. The catalyst for their continuous improvement during this period could be laid at the feet (or is that finger-tips?) of guitarist Mike Dwarf (Hall), who would contribute strongly to the Dwarf's songwriting effort. Mike Hall would finish his time with the Dwarfs prior to the release of this 1992 set. Whether that was the catalyst for Epic dropping the band soon after is unknown, but from what I can tell, there is solid material here, with perhaps one or two items of filler.

The Songs
The new album featured new guitarist Gerry Finn, with production handled by Andy Johns. The songs here certainly aren't as heavy-handed as their earlier material, and there's definitely no sign of influences of either Iron Maiden nor Saxon; two bands they were often compared to. Certainly with a song like 'Driftin' Back' they sound closer to REO Speedwagon god forbid, but that's the exception rather than the rule. Mostly, it's a collection of tunes that are a logical follow-on from 1990's 'Dirty Weapons' though slightly heavier. The opener 'Hard Luck Town' starts out with a hilarious voice intro of some old timer/miner who throws a few expletives into the mix. When the music kicks in, it's 'Dirty Weapons Part 2' for sure. 'Stranger Than Fiction' has a hint of Ratt from their hey-day, 'Four Seasons' which features Nicky Hopkins on piano could be a revamped version of Tesla, while the title track 'Method To The Madness' reminds me of Great White when they were once great themselves! That was a long time ago. I liked the commercial hard rock of 'Give And Take', so too 'Look Around', which again touches on Tesla perhaps also Tangier. 'GTY (Goodbye To Yesterday)' is another reminder of Great White though this time, more of their modern-day fare rather than their fantastic s/t album era circa 1984. A great song-title, 'Cowboys And Conmen' sounds like two entities well suited to each other. The music here heavies appreciably, while the closer 'Doesn't Matter' opts for a mild ballad finish.

In Summary
Unfortunately, the Dwarfs were eventually dropped by Epic, but the band continued on well into the mid 90's before folding. Jamie Vernon's Bullseye Records released a sort-of-comeback CD 'Reunion Of Scribes - Live 2001' during 2002. It featured the MTTM line-up. As recently as 2013, Killer Dwarfs have put out a new CD 'Start @ One' which appears to be a collection of archived material. Released in September 2013, we may yet decide to review that one, as well as the three earlier albums between 1983 and 1988. Watch this space!

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