Wade Allison, the guitarist from the legendary Texan hardcore band Iron Age, has sadly died with tributes being led by the band’s former label 20 Buck Spin over the weekend. There has yet to be an official announcement on the cause of death.
20 Buck Spin put out the reissue of Iron Age’s 2009 album, The Sleeping Eye, last year and took to their social channels to share the sad news. “RIP Wade. So very grateful to you for giving me an opportunity to be a small part of the Iron Age lore,” they wrote. “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 were a pivotal figure in the hardcore punk scene during their time in the limelight. As well as 2009’s The Sleeping Eye, Iron Age can also boast the influential album Constant Struggle as part of the repertoire, yet another equally influential album in the scene.
Another starring name of that scene, Power Trip’s Riley Gale spoke about Allison’s influential style as part of a conversation with The Guardian in 2017, saying: “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.”
Adding: “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.” The band’s social media channels shared their own message of love for Allison, “Rest In Peace to our brother Wade Allison of Iron Age. Thank you for your friendship, brilliant music, and endless inspiration.”
Damian Abraham of Fucked Up also shared his own tribute saying, “He was our brother. A musical inspiration and a god of this shit. Wade forever.”