Iron Man where a band from Maryland that played a very traditional form of doom metal and this is a review of their 1994 album "The Passage" which will be re-issued by Shadow Kingdom Records.
A very heavy 70's metal style sound starts off the album along with melodic proto metal style vocals and the music starts getting more heavier and heads for a doom metal direction along with some dark sounding melodies and they also bring in clean sections in certain sections of the recording.
All of t he musical instruments on the album have a very powerful sound to them and when the solos and leads the band uses are very dark and doomy sounding and mix in very well with the riffing and vocals, when acoustic guitars are brought in briefly they add a more classic rock style feeling to the recording while the main focus is on a true form of doom metal.
While the music is very 70's sounding the production on this album made the music have a more modern feeling for the time it was released and they also add in brief intros and synths before a few of the tracks and as time goes on by the band brings in a power ballad before return back to a more heavy and retro sound on the following songs.
Iron Man where playing a 70's form of doom metal during the time when most metal bands where playing death metal and they really stood out back then and where very underrated, the production sounds very professional and the lyrics cover dark and gloomy themes.
In my opinion this was a very great sounding album from Iron Man and if you are a fan of doom metal, you should check out this re-issue. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "The Fury" "Harvest of Earth" "Waiting For Tomorrow" and "End Of The World". 8 out of 10.