Maryland doomsters IRON MAN have completed work on their fifth full-length album, "South Of The Earth", for a September 30 release via Rise Above.
Recording and mixing took place at Hudson Street Sound in Annapolis, Maryland with producer/engineer Frank Marchand III.
"Every time IRON MAN goes into the studio, we treat it like a blank canvas. As things progress, the art form takes shape," says Al Morris on the band's creative process.
"We wrote this album in about 2 months. Then we practiced our asses off to perfect the performance of the songs.
"This CD was done with Frank Marchand, an engineer/producer with a head full of ideas! He enhanced every element of this CD.
"We have great trust in Frank and followed his ideas. This is what came out!"
Rising out of the same Maryland/Washington D.C. mean streets as fellow U.S. doom pioneers PENTAGRAM and THE OBSESSED, IRON MAN formed in 1988 as a BLACK SABBATH tribute band by guitarist Alfred Morris III, whose musical career began in 1977 with mysterious proto-doom cult FORCE. Al's legendarily heavy, unearthly guitar tone was already much in evidence on FORCE's ultra-rare 1981 debut EP — and it has only deepened, hardened, improved and refined in the ensuing 32 years.
IRON MAN 2013 is:
Al Morris III - Guitar
"Screaming Mad" Dee Calhoun - Vocals
Louis Strachan - Bass
Jason 'Mot' Waldmann – Drums
"South Of The Earth" track listing:
01. South Of The Earth
02. Hail To The Haze
03. The Whore In Confession
04. The Worst And Longest Day
05. Aerial Changed The Sky
06. IISOEO (The Day Of The Beast)
07. Half-Face/Thy Brother's Keeper (Dunwich Pt 2)
08. In The Velvet Darkness
09. The Ballad Of Ray Garraty