Wade Allison, guitarist of the thrash metal band Iron Age, has died. The label 20 Buck Spin 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.” No cause of death was revealed.
The band formed in Austin, Texas, in 2005 and released two influential albums: 2006’s Constant Struggle and 2008’s The Sleeping Eye, the latter of which was reissued by 20 Buck Spin last year for its tenth anniversary.
In 2017, Riley Gale of fellow Texas thrash band Power Trip, who also tragically passed away last month, said of Allison’s work in an interview with The Guardian: “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 Mammoth Grinder and Eternal Champion.
“Rest In Peace to our brother Wade Allison of Iron Age,” Power Trip tweeted. “Thank you for your friendship, brilliant music, and endless inspiration.”
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