Wade Allison, guitarist of the Texas thrash band Iron Age, has died, Metal Injection reports. 20 Buck Spin, the label that reissued Iron Age’s The Sleeping Eye last year, confirmed the news on Instagram, writing, “RIP Wade. So very grateful to you for giving me an opportunity to be a small part of the @realironage lore. 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.”
Iron Age released two influential albums, 2006’s Constant Struggle and 2008’s The Sleeping Eye. In a 2017 interview with The Guardian, Riley Gale of fellow Texas thrash band Power Trip, who also passed away last month, said, “Power Trip definitely wouldn’t be the band we are without Iron Age. 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.”
In addition to Iron Age, Allison also played in Eternal Champion and Mammoth Grinder. Revisit some of his work below and read some tributes from friends and colleagues below.