Iron Age Guitarist Wade Allison Has Died
The band's album 'The Sleeping Eye' celebrated a 10-year anniversary in 2019
"Condolences to all his friends and family," label 20 Buck Spin wrote of Allison. "Iron Age's impact is huge and will reverberate in hardcore and metal for a long time to come."
Fucked Up's Damian Abraham called Allison "our brother. A musical inspiration and a god of this shit," while Power Trip celebrated the late guitarist's "friendship, brilliant music, and endless inspiration."
"Power Trip definitely wouldn't be the band we are without Iron Age," the former's late frontman Riley Gale told The Guardian in 2017. "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 … The way Wade Allison writes his riffs is like no other guitar player that I can name, and I think it's insane to have had a band that had a style that was so distinctly their own."
Iron Age formed in Austin, Texas, in 2005, releasing debut album Constant Struggle the following year. The band would follow that one with 2009's The Sleeping Eye, which 20 Buck Spin reissued last year for its tenth anniversary.
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
He was our brother. A musical inspiration and a god of this shit. Wade forever. https://t.co/e9aOi8mu23— Damian Abraham (@leftfordamian) 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
RIP Wade Allison another brother lost. Great friend and unreal songwriter/musician. He proved that you can still do familiar styles/sounds but inject your unique weirdness into it to make it your own. We exist because of his character & vibe. LOVE FOREVER.— Red Death (@RedDeathDC) 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
R.I.P. Wade Allison. I'll never forget hearing the master for Constant Struggle and when "Evil Ways" came on, I realized that you were on a whole other level.— Youngblood Records (@youngbloodrex) September 12, 2020