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|Origin||Oshawa, Ontario, Canada|
|Genres||Heavy metal, hard rock, pop metal|
Killer Dwarfs (stylized as KiLLeR DWaRfS) are a Canadian heavy metal band who formed in late 1981 in Oshawa, Ontario, and who enjoyed moderate success in their native Canada in the 1980s. Known for their offbeat sense of humor (all band members adopted the surname "Dwarf"), they were nominated for two Juno Awards during their career. Though not British, they were sometimes compared to NWOBHM acts such as Iron Maiden and Saxon.
The original members of Killer Dwarfs were vocalist Russ Graham (Russ Dwarf), guitarist Bryce Trewin (Bryce Dwarf), drummer Darrell Millar (Darrell Dwarf), and bassist Ange Fodero (Ange Dwarf). Trewin and Fodero left the band following the release of their self-titled debut album in 1983, feeling that the band was stuck in neutral. They were replaced by guitarist Michael Hall (Mike Dwarf) and bassist Ronald Mayer (Ronald "Bad Ronbo" Dwarf). Though Killer Dwarfs fared poorly commercially, it spawned the single "Heavy Mental Breakdown", which received airplay on MuchMusic.
The band released Stand Tall in 1986 on indie label Maze/A&M in Canada and Grudge Records in the USA. New guitarist Hall quickly emerged as the band's new creative leader, writing all of Stand Tall's ten tracks. MuchMusic's new Pepsi Power Hour provided substantial airplay for the single "Stand Tall (Stick to Your Guns)" in Canada, while MTV provided some American exposure for the band. With the addition of national tours of the United States, the exposure got the band noticed, which eventually led them to signing with major label Epic Records.
In 1988, the band released its first album on the Epic label entitled Big Deal, which featured the breakthrough single "We Stand Alone". That year the band opened for headliners Iron Maiden on their Seventh Tour of a Seventh Tour in England. In 1990, they released Dirty Weapons, which saw the band take a somewhat more serious approach to how they presented themselves. Guitarist and chief songwriter Mike Hall left the band prior to 1992's Method to the Madness, replaced by Gerry Finn (Gerry Dwarf). With their most successful days behind them, they were dropped by Epic.
The band's "classic" Stand Tall era lineup reunited in 2001 for a tour and a subsequent live album entitled Reunion of Scribes: Live 2001, which was released in 2002. Bassist Mayer left the band in 2003 and was replaced by ex-Sass Jordan bassist Stan Miczek, who adopted the Killer Dwarfs' nickname Smokin' Stan Dwarf. Michael Hall later formed the band Balls Deep with former Harem Scarem drummer Darren Smith and bassist Stan Miczek.
Vocalist Russ Graham joined Canadian band Moxy from 2008 to present. Russ Dwarf has also released a CD of acoustic renditions of his favorite Killer Dwarf songs called Wireless. The CD is released worldwide on March 18 2013. He is currently touring in support of it and is performing on the 2013 Monsters of Rock Cruise (www.monstersofrock.com) He also launched a new web site www.RussDwarf.com and is currently filming an auto biographical film entitled "Tall Tales"
On May 12, 2013 it was announced that the Killer Dwarfs will be reuniting to support the release of their lost album 'Start @ One'. The album's line-up of Russ Dwarf, Darrell Dwarf and Gerry Dwarf is the same as the bands prior Sony/Epic release 'Method To The Madness' in 1991, with the exception of bassist Ron Mayer ([Bad Ronbo] replaced by Darrell's band "Automan" band-mate John Fenton on bass). They also announced that they will be touring to support the release of 'Start @ One' and are preparing for US, Canadian and European Tour dates. Dates are still to be finalized and will be announced over the next few months
September 2013 They are currently on tour. On March 29th the full band will perform on the Monsters Of Rock Cruise 2014. The band has also launched new website. (www.killerdwarfsband.com)
- Killer Dwarfs - 1983, re-release 2002
- Stand Tall - 1986, re-release 2003
- Big Deal - 1988, re-release 2000, re-release 2012
- Dirty Weapons - 1990, re-release 2000, re-release 2012
- Method to the Madness - 1992
- Start @ One -September 6th 2013
- Reunion of Scribes: Live 2001 - 2002
- Canadian rock
- Music of Canada
- Category:Canadian rock music groups
- List of Canadian musicians
- List of bands from Canada
- Timeline of hard rock/heavy metal