KILLER DWARFS – Dirty Weapons (1990 CBS)
I remember when the Dwarfs opened for Maiden on their Seventh Tour of a Seventh Tour. They began playing a new song on that tour called “Nothing Gets Nothing”. It was fast and almost thrash metal in its delivery. The Dwarfs were heavying up!
Two years later, when Dirty Weapons finally hit the stores, it wasn’t thrash metal, but it was an up-ratchet from the previous album (and major label debut) Big Deal. It was also an improvement in sound, production, and song quality in general. This album is the Dwarfs very best. It is near-flawless. It is a must have for any true fan of Canadian metal.
- The title track and first single, with irrestible chorus.
- “Last Laugh”, a great hard rocker, memorable and tough.
- The angry “Comin’ Through”. “Outta my way, I’m coming through, I know what I want and I know how to get it!”
- The melodic and rootsy “Not Foolin'”. “Not foolin’ me, you’re nothing but a sleeze”.
- The atmospheric and slow closer “Want It Bad”.
- The power ballad “Doesn’t Matter” which should have been the biggest hit of their entire career. Alas, it was one year too early as the following summer was the summer of the power ballads. But the band believed in it so much, they re-released it on the next album. Which, by then, was far too late, as grunge had hit in a big way.
I’ve heard people say that Russ Dwarf’s vocals are similar to Geddy Lee’s. I’m not sure if I agree, I never saw it that way at the time. All I know is, this is a great album, my favourite, and one that kept me rockin’ in the early 1990’s.