For clarity, Iron Man's Generation Void is a reissue of the same from 1999 on Brain Ticket Records. This reissue contains bonus rehearsal tracks and a fan filmed concert DVD from 1999 at Phantasmagoria in Wheaton, Maryland. This incarnation of the band had Ginger on bass and Dan Michalak on vocals. The principal and guitarist Alfred Morris III remains the significant constant.
Current Iron Man line-up: (l-r) Screaming Mad Dee, voice; Louis Strachan, bass; Mike Rix, drums; Alfred Morris III, guitar
Their name gives more than a small clue as to their sound. Once more, on Generation Void, we have classic heavy metal merged with doom and stoner metal. It's that simple. Then you might hear a little blues now and then, but I could be hoping for the best.
Actually, Iron Man are damn good at what they do, and Morris is a fine fret man. Call me politically and socially incorrect for this observation, I find it compelling and entertaining that a black (Afro-American, if you wish) man opts to play metal against the hip-hop and rap of his contemporaries. Morris is akin to Hendrix and Lenny Kravitz, but still entirely his own person.
As mentioned above, this package also includes a DVD of Iron Man playing live at Phantasmagoria in Wheaton, Maryland. Kudos to Shadow Kingdom Records for this prime co-package at a reasonable price. While the performance is rather rigid, the players basically stand in place the entire time, its a fine chronicle of a working band in a live element. Incredibly, despite the amateur footage, Iron Man sounds great: you get a real sense of the band's command of their chosen genre, but also Morris' strong guitar skills.
It's nice to have this reissue of Iron Man's 1999 Generation Void, especially since it includes a gritty live concert DVD. My wish, however, is that the band, with cooperation from Shadow Kingdom Records, would bring new material to light.
It's nice to have this reissue of Iron Man's 1999 Generation Void, especially since it includes a gritty concert DVD. My wish, however, is that the band, with cooperation from Shadow Kingdom Records, would bring new material to light.
Though I lived through the day, I never cared much for W.A.S.P. back in the day. Between them and Motley Crue and their goofy sadomasochistic pseudo-Satanic leather posturing, they seemed only cheap imitations of Alice Cooper's ... [ Read More ]