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As if you couldn't guess, Gaithersburg, MD's Iron Man started out as a Black Sabbath cover band, which eventually began writing original material inspired largely by the doomy sounds of heavy metal's founding heroes. With guitarist Alfred Morris III ever at the helm, Iron Man parlayed a number of demos dating back to 1987 into a record deal with Hellhound Records, which went on to release the band's debut full-length, Black Night, in 1993. This album saw Morris supported by vocalist Rob Levey, drummer Ron Kalimon, and bassist Larry Brown, but only the latter remained by the release of the following year's sophomore disc, The Passage, which introduced new singer Dan Michalak and drummer Gary Isom. Neither record did much to distinguish the band within the underground doom scene, in any case, and Iron Man would maintain a pretty low profile before — and after — finally unleashing their third opus, Generation Void, in 1999.