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Killer Dwarfs - 1983 Killer Dwarfs

ARTIST: Killer Dwarfs
ALBUM: Killer Dwarfs
LABEL: Attic
YEAR: 1983
CD REISSUE: Reissue List


LINEUP: Russ Dwarf - vocals * Bryce Dwarf - guitars * Ange Dwarf - bass * Darrell 'Darnell' Dwarf - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Are You Ready * 02 Can't Lose * 03 Drifter * 04 Prisoner * 05 Heavy Metal Breakdown * 06 Read Between The Lines * 07 Gotta Lose To Win * 08 Outlaw Of A Modern Man * 09 Time To Move On * 10 Fire In Your Eyes


This album was one of my import vinyl purchases from Shades Records back in 1983. The debut Killer Dwarfs LP would set this Canadian band up over the next decade and beyond, but this is where it started. The band came together in late 1981 leading into 1982, and originated from the lakeside community of Oshawa, just northeast of Toronto. Known for their senses of humour, Russ Graham, Darrell Millar, Bryce Trewin and Ange Fodero all adopted the 'Dawrf' surname, and on the back of local performances, eventually signed to Attic Records.

The Songs
It's been mentioned previously, that the vocals from Russ sound similar to Jack Russell from Great White mixed in with a bit of Geddy Lee (Rush). Admittedly, it's a bit of an acquired taste, as he does tend to warble with the helium throughout the album. The solid riffs from Bryce Trewin is the glue that holds these songs together mostly, as you can hear on the opening pair of 'Are You Ready' and the rather excellent 'Can't Lose', where the Dwarfs sound similar to fellow Canucks Reckless. 'Drifter' sounds like a mid 70's Rush track, while the riffs are laid on thick and juicy for 'Heavy Mental Breakdown', while the other highlight for me comes toward the end of the album: 'Time To Move On'.

In Summary
The band were nominated for a Juno Award, and eventually fell of the map for a few years, reappearing in 1986. The band by this stage had lost Trewin and Fodero, replaced by Mike Hall and Ron Meyer. The second album 'Stand Tall' was released by Maze Records, who also had fellow Canucks Saga and Frank Marino on their books, and so began the Dwarfs most successful run through the latter part of the 80's, when signed to Epic Records.

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#1 | gdazegod on February 27 2017 08:11:41
Killer Dwarfs - 1983 Can't Lose
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#2 | Nick C on March 05 2017 10:05:41
I got this on import too, I thought it was okay enough to end up buying Stand Tall (ST on CD on the Grudge label...wish I still had that), but after Stand Tall I lost interest. Although I liked some of their later stuff I was never motivated enough to buy another album by them, although I did get a T-Shirt from when they supported Iron Maiden.
Wasn't there supposed to be another version of this album by a different producer that supposedly destroyed the version that was released? Chris Tsangarides rings a bell.
Now to bore you even more - I still have this, it sits next to Kick Axe in my vinyl stack so how about that, next to their fellow countrymen (King Kobra is to the right heh!)
#3 | gdazegod on March 05 2017 10:07:31
Right next to the King Crimson LP's?
#4 | Nick C on March 05 2017 10:09:58
No soz .... only have King Crimson on CD .....and they sit between Khymera and Kings of Leon Grin You know you needed that information. Jot it down I'll be asking questions later!

You could tell they weren't real dwarfs because if they were the bike that Russ rides in the We Stand Alone video would have fitted him perfectly...but he's too big for it.....Busted! When I noticed that my childhood shattered, I put away my toys and I became a man.
#5 | reyno-roxx on March 05 2017 12:52:18
Saw them headlining at Hammerjacks in Baltimore in early 1990. Russ ran absolute riot through the crowd and on the balconies in addition to also using the tricycle.
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