September 27, 2011
The vocals and lyrics absolutely carry this EP, called “Dominance,” from Iron Man across whatever reservations that I have in regards to traditional doom’s vitality. While this band has been at it for some time, something that shows in the music, they recently found a perfect match for vocals in Dee Calhoun. Classic doom, classic harmonic metal vocals in the vain of Rob Halford and Ronnie James Dio. See? Perfect. It has a vintage feel in a very pleasing way which is one of the things that I love about this genre. A reminder of doom’s less than sterile origin. I get the feeling from this band that they don’t really care for catering to recent trends within the bassier subgenres of metal and instead choose to adhere to Vitus’ “Born Too Late” policy. This EP is really just a teaser of the kind of stuff that they have planned for us in their next full-length so grab this, savor it, devour it, let Dee’s lyrics wash over your mind transitioning into a comfortable numbness eased by underlying distorted guitars with an understated psychedelic touch to them.
You feel that? Yeah, that’s when you close your eyes and, as your mind swims with the current, your head starts to slowly involuntarily nod to the rhythm. Eventually you lose yourself completely in the music and forget that there is a world around you. Let Iron Man be your vessel into another reality for a day.