Belgian neoclassical power metal/hard rock band IRON MASK, which is fronted by Mark Boals (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, ROYAL HUNT), has signed a deal with AFM Records. The group's new album, "Black As Death", will be released in December. Led by guitarist/mastermind Dushan Petrossi, IRON MASK has previously released three successful albums. Commented Petrossi: "Almost 10 years ago IRON MASK was founded as my second band, beside MAGIC KINGDOM. But by time it became more and more the focus of my work, and also IRON MASK became the more successful of the two bands. I feel really pushed to release our new album, 'Black As Death', with AFM Records, which is a huge step forward for us in terms of promotion and distribution."