"(Dee Calhoun) might have Maryland's most powerful set of pipes."--JJ Koczan, The Obelisk, May 2018

"Dee Calhoun's vocals are on par with any legendary voice you can bring to mind."--Rudy Castellanos, Meth Leppard, May 2013

"Apart from this guy, Robert Lowe,
and a few others, vocals of this standard are almost impossible to find within the doom scene. The scream, the way Screaming Mad Dee delivers the words with such classic heavy metal passion is so charismatic and addictive to the ear, it sends a chill up the spine."--Ed Barnard, Doommantia.com, August 2012

"The vocals of Screaming Mad Dee-I don't know how he doesn't blow his throat out-will reach down and grab you by the nutsack (sorry ladies-I think you get the idea) and drag you back from the abyss."
--Patrick Nottingham, The Raven's Barrow, August 2010

"Dee is a welcome addition to the Halford/Dickinson fraternity of singers, tastefully switching from a powerful midrange to low growls to ear-shattering screams."--Rob Bohrer, Molten Rock Zine, October 2005

"Dee should teach a class in stage presence."--Stephen Gorny, Editor, Latent Image Magazine (volume 1, issue 3, March/April 1998)

"Dee is the only singer who has ever pegged the meters on my soundboard. The raw power and range of his voice never 
ceases to amaze me."--Rod Spiker, Lightning Rod Productions

THE SCREAMING MAD DEE TIMELINE:

Dee discovered music at the tender age of nine years old when he saw Kiss on an ABC Special. "It was literally the cliched 'moment that changed my life.
'" Dee recalls. "At that moment, I knew precisely what I wanted to do with the rest of my life." Within a week, Dee was spinning Kiss albums in his bedroom and was singing along. Dee's mother was quite impressed with how quickly the youngster, who had never before been exposed to any music, developed his singing ability.

In April 1980, at age 12, a 
very stage frightened Dee accepted a $20 bribe from his mother and entered his school's annual talent show. In his first public performance, Dee and several friends took first place in the musical category with an act colorfully called the Village Pimples.

Dee continued developing a stellar singing voice and joined his first garage band at the age of 13. Dee's influences included Rob Halford (Judas Priest), Ronnie James Dio (Rainbow, Black Sabbath) and Ronnie Van Zandt (Lynyrd Skynyrd). The traditional garage, basement, and barn party gigs began soon after. 


Began writing lyrics in mass quantities in 1983, drawing inspiration from both the pressures of 
teen life, and from his lifelong love of horror films. The same year, Dee formed his first all-original metal band and quickly found performing his own music to be a wonderful outlet for all of the pent-up teen angst that we all know and love.
Onstage with Grim Reaper, 1983
Onstage with Vision, 1988
In late 1985, due to an incompetent bandmate, Dee was thrust into the role of bassist. A monster was born as Dee quickly earned the reputation as one of the most brutal bass players in his local area. Bands with members as much as 20 years his senior were soon sneaking Dee, then in his late teens, into clubs and onstage to exhibit his fiery stage presence and amazing vocal and playing abilities.

Dee's first touring and recording experience came in 1988, with Western Maryland-based hard rock band Vision. "It was a profitable experience, from both the standpoint of a learner and a performer, but the project was sorely lacking direction," Dee says. "After a year I had had enough, I was tired of the lack of direction and mismanagement. It was the first time in my musical life that my situation was contributing to the angst as opposed to soothing it." The project did produce the Eye of the Hurricane LP, which showcased Dee's songwriting ability in such tracks as the uptempo "Shattered Dreams" and the ballad "Thunder and Gray Skies."

After spending the next year in bar band Night Connection ("one of the most enjoyable times of my life"), Dee relocated to Washington DC to join horror metal group Phantasm. After four years and an album (1992's From The Attic, which was re-released
in 2004) with Phantasm, Dee left the group to seek other endeavors, as well as electing to step down from being a lead vocalist. "I was gaining wider and wider respect for my playing, and I was tired of doing two things at once, so I decided that it was time to concentrate on my playing and my playing alone," Dee recalls. 

Phantasm promo photo, 1993
Onstage with Level, 1998
After several gigging and recording projects (including a short but successful stint with moshers Disciples of Aggression), Dee co-founded Level in 1995. Level gigged extensively in the DC/MD/VA area from mid-1995 through early 1999, and enjoyed two successful releases--Silent Cries in 1996 and Subtle Acts of Rage in 1998.

In 1999, after weathering several lineup changes, Level struck gold when they changed the band name to that of their singer, and M Francis Fester was born. M Francis Fester enjoyed worldwide distribution of their debut CD, 2000's I M Your God before Dee left the group in mid-2002.

In November 2001, Dee returned to the role of singer/frontman with Black Sabbath tribute band After Forever. "I had forgotten how much I missed singing
 until I stepped behind the mic
again" Dee says. "And now, everyone who gave me shit about stepping back in the first place is finally cutting me some slack." Upon Dee's joining, After Forever became a regional success, as well as headlining various horror movie conventions from New Jersey to Baltimore.

In 2005, Dee and his After Forever bandmates launched an original metal project entitled After Therapy. The group's debut Self-Inflicted was released in August of that year, and the band's no-frills metal approach was praised by fans and critics alike. 
After Therapy enjoyed a successful run of live dates in support of Self-Inflicted, before taking an extended break in late 2007. During After Therapy's hiatus, Dee re-teamed with former bandmate Russ Strahan (Disciples of Aggression) to form Land Of Doom. The three-piece doom metal group featured Dee in the role of vocalist/bassist for the first time since 1993. After releasing their eponymous debut EP in early 2008, and playing a successful run of support shows throughout the rest of the year, Land Of Doom disbanded in early 2009 as Dee returned to After Therapy and Russ joined and toured with the new version of doom legends Pentagram. After Therapy released their second CD, Torn With the Teeth, in early 2010. The CD, which was met with massive critical praise, has been distributed by many high-end online retailers around the globe.
After Therapy promo photo, 2010
Onstage with After Therapy, 2010
In early 2007, Dee issued a solo release with guitarist Alex Vanderzeeuw. The CD, titled End Of My Rope, is a collection of NWOBHM-styled original material, featuring lyrics written by Dee in the 1980s. The duo's sophomore effort, The Greater Evil, was released in early 2011.

In late 2010, Dee was offered and accepted the role of singer/frontman with doom metal legends and Shadow King recording artists Iron Man. In early 2011, Iron Man released the self-produced Dominance 
EP, and began playing shows across the US. Iron Man followed Dominance in 2012 with the critically acclaimed, att halla dig over EP.

On September 30,
2013 Iron Man's fifth full-length album, South of the Earth, was released via
Rise Above/Metal Blade Records. Iron Man toured and performed festival dates in the US, Canada, and Europe into the summer of 2016 in support of South of the Earth, but was forced into hiatus due to the declining health of guitarist Al Morris III. Al died on January 10, 2018, effectively putting an end to Iron Man.
Iron Man promo photo, 2013
Onstage with Iron Man, 2016
In early 2007, Dee issued a solo release with guitarist Alex Vanderzeeuw. The CD, titled End of My Rope, is a collection of NWOBHM-styled original material, featuring lyrics written by Dee in the 1980s. The duo's sophomore effort, The Greater Evil, was released in early 2011.

In late 2010, Dee was offered and accepted the role of singer/frontman with doom metal legends and Shadow King recording artists Iron Man. In early 2011, Iron Man released the self-produced Dominance 
EP, and began playing shows across the US. Iron Man followed Dominance in 2012 with the critically acclaimed, att halla dig over EP.

On September 30, 
2013, Iron Man's fifth full-length album, South of the Earth, was released via
Rise Above/Metal Blade Records. Iron Man toured and performed festival dates in the US, Canada, and Europe into the summer of 2016 in support of South of the Earth, but was forced into hiatus due to the declining health of guitarist Al Morris III. Al died on January 10, 2018, effectively putting an end to Iron Man.

2015 saw Dee take his writing to the narrative level, as he published his first book, a collection of short horror stories titled Tales of the Screaming and Mad. He followed this up in Summer 2017 with a novella, Jesus, Devil, Deed. He is currently writing another collection of short stories for a possible future release.

On January 25, 2016,
Dee announced that he had signed with Italian label Argonauta Records, to release his first solo album. That album, a collection of acoustic material entitled Rotgut, was released worldwide on June 6, 2016. Dee, along with Iron Man bandmate Louis Strachan on bass, supported the album live with numerous dates across the Eastern United States and parts of Canada. On March 30, 2018, Dee followed that up with his second album, Go to the Devil, which also featured Louis Strachan on bass guitar. Dee, along with Lou completed a successful run of tour dates in Europe in April 2018, and continue playing live to support the album.
Solo promo photo, 2016
Onstage solo, 2018