Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Dwarves - Blood, Guts and Pussy



This past Sunday during the Super Bowl, we were treated to Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley in the huckstering trade yet again, this time strapping on the duds and kabuki for Cherry Dr. Pepper. Annoying enough, yet it was the "Little Kiss" gag utilized in the commercial where dwarf versions of all four players in matching costumes which I found a bit more vulgar. Some thought the ad was amusing. I personally thought it was just another step down in a recent wave of low maneuvers the remnants of Kiss have exercised to keep the coffers full.

Thus, let this album cover serve as my tribute to such baldfaced make-a-buckery. Punk rock nasties the Dwarves notoriously combine nudity, gore, mud and yes, an actual dwarf mascot on their covers. What else might you expect from a band with song titles such as "Fuckhead," "Motherfucker," "Insect Whore" and "Let's Fuck?"

All an in-joke, assuredly, much as rock 'n roll capitalists Kiss are being defended by some to just get a life and roll with the punchlines, no matter who they offend in the process. As the Dwarves would say, fuck that...

With these blood-slicked chicks, even Gene, the king of blood squibs, might want to reconsider a love gun tryst in this instance. Meet, meet you in the laaadiiiiies rooooommmmm....

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Sunday, January 31, 2010

Fear-The Record

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This is about as basic as an album cover can be and still have something on it, but somehow it works for this album. It ties in with the raw up front sound that Fear delivered on this album.

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Sunday, January 24, 2010

Invection-Demented Perception

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I have always liked mazes for some reason so I kind of like that part of this cover. I don't get the part where the big ugly faces are either coming up or going down in some of the rooms of the maze in the background though.

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Monday, January 18, 2010

Dio-Rainbow in the dark

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Early Dio rocked, "Rainbow in the dark" is a great song and Dio's mascot Murray is normally pretty cool. However the color scheme on this single is just far too bright to work. It' like poor Murray is trapped in a swirl of eye-stabbing colors and he just cannot escape.

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Sunday, January 17, 2010

Candlemass-Death, magic, doom

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It kind of looks like a scribbled drawing and it's very basic. Still there is something about writing and the background that helps it work.

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Sunday, January 10, 2010

Dream Death-Journey into mystery

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I used to have this 1987 release on cassette at one point. Like many other tapes it wore out from being played over and over so I eventually picked it up on CD. Of course it sounds better on CD and I actually like the music more now than I did back then. It's kind of mid-paced doom influenced by the likes of Celtic Frost and Candlemass. However a CD means a larger cover and the badness of the cover came to my attention even more. I like the melting band logo, but other than that the cover is full of messy images, sloppy angles and a certain incomplete feel to the whole picture.

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