Start @ One, the newly released album by Canada's own Killer Dwarfs is amazing. The story behind the album is that the nine tracks were recorded back in 1993 as a follow-up to the Method to the Madness album. Unfortunately, due to changes in the music landscape that took place around that period of time, the album was shelved and never saw the light of day. I have read of bootleg copies that were circulated, but I never came across one. Fast forward to 2013, and Russ Dwarf and his bandmates, after remixing and remastering, decide to give the album a proper release.
Personally, I'm a huge fan of the prior Killer Dwarfs releases, Dirty Weapons and Method to the Madness. (Stand Tall was never one of my favorites). Start @ One picks up EXACTLY where these other albums left off. The songwriting, the singing, the whole feel of the album, is classic Dwarfs. I have always considered this band to be one of the most critically underrated from back in the day. In my opinion, they were standout performers who delivered a couple of incredibly solid albums. They were still following that trend when Start @ One was recorded, and this album exemplifies everything that was great about the circa 1993 Dwarfs. I only wish there were more than nine tracks on the album.
I think what also makes Start @ One an instant top release of 2013 to me is that the album just feels like a classic album from back in the period of time that we are all guilty of being stuck in. Because this album was actually recorded back then, and this is not simply an attempt by a band to record a new album that has that 1993 sound (such as Ratt's Infestation, which is close, but still falls a little short), the resulting difference is apparent. If you are at all a fan of the Dwarfs, you owe it to yourself to order or (legally) download a copy. I can't say enough good things about this album to drive the point home... so just trust me! Get yourself a copy and then thank me later.