Wade Allison, guitarist for Texan metal outfit Iron Age, has died. The news was confirmed over the weekend by record label 20 Buck Spin, who reissued the band’s second album The Sleeping Eye last year.
“RIP Wade. So very grateful to you for giving me an opportunity to be a small part of the [Iron Age] lore,” wrote the account. “Condolences to all his friends and family. Iron Age’s impact is huge and will reverberate in hardcore and metal for a long time to come.”
Allison, who also spent time in Mammoth Grinder and Eternal Champion, released two excellent albums as a member of Iron Age, 2006’s Constant Struggle and The Sleeping Eye in 2009.
Tributes have since poured in for the late guitarist, including from fellow Texan trashers Power Trip, whose vocalist Riley Gale passed away last month. In a 2017 Guardian piece, Gale cited Iron Age as a direct influence on his own band, and specifically mentioned Allison’s songwriting.
“Those guys are sort of like our older brothers, and showed me a lot of really good music, not just thrash metal but a lot of cool shit in general,” Gale explained. “The way Wade Allison writes his riffs is like no other guitar player that I can name.”
Rest in power, Wade.
Rest In Peace to our brother Wade Allison of Iron Age. Thank you for your friendship, brilliant music, and endless inspiration. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/vjW1rDrYvi
— POWER TRIP (@powertriptx) September 12, 2020
No words. Love to all the friends. Love to The Iron Age Family. I will love you forever Wade.
— Damian Abraham (@leftfordamian) September 12, 2020
There isn’t one thing that would accurately memorialise knowing Wade Allison, being in his presence as a musician, and it definitely could not do justice to the hurt of finding out he is gone. My heart goes out to the Allisons, the Metz’, and all our surrogate Texas family. 💙
— Jonah Falco (@jonahjonahfalco) September 12, 2020
Texas hardcore will forever be indebted to Wade Allison and Riley Gale. Two legends whose contributions to this world went far beyond music. Rest in Power.
— Creeping Death (@CreepingDeathtx) September 12, 2020
Neil Peart. John Prine. Riley Gale. Now Toots Hibbert and Wade Allison. Fuckin’ hell.
— Brian Cook (@bbcbubblegutz) September 12, 2020