The Dwarves - The Dwarves Are Born Again

Posted on Thursday, July 21, 2011

I don’t know why I’ve never heard The Dwarves before in all my many years and decades on this wretched planet, but I somehow managed to avoid them. That’s yet another in a long list of mistakes. This infamous Punk band has been at it since the early ’80s, and until now all I knew about them was that they typically have interesting album art (I’m thinking specifically of 1990’s Blood, Guts & Pussy, which naturally features two naked women covered in blood), and Entombed’s 1997 cover of “Satan.” So, really only knowing that The Dwarves are supposed to be pretty weird, and incorporate every musical style under the sun, I was very happy to discover that The Dwarves Are Born Again is a fairly focused LP, simply covering the range from Pop Punk, with tracks like “Looking Out for Number One,” “Happy Birthday Suicide,” and “Working Class Hole,” to the more intense Hardcore of “Stop Me” and “It’s a Wonderful Life of Sin.” Main-man/singer Blag gets a little secret guest vocal help occasionally, which is great, but I frustratingly can’t find any verification of who’s involved… Admittedly, there are some slight lulls here and there (the perhaps too-silly “Zip Zero”), but the first thing I thought upon hearing album-opener “The Dwarves Are Still the Best Band Ever,” was that I needed to track down their entire back-catalog immediately. And I haven’t even mentioned the bonus DVD yet, which features all kinds of archival live footage, video clips and other insanity. Even the menus are cool! “I am the Jesus Christ of sin and vice!”

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