Wade Allison, best known as the guitarist of Texas hardcore band Iron Age, has died.
News of his death was confirmed by Brooklyn Vegan, however a cause of death has not yet revealed.
The guitarist, who was also known for being a big influence on fellow Texas band Power Trip, had also been a member of the bands 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
“Power Trip definitely wouldn’t be the band we are without Iron Age,” Gale said. “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 Sleeping Eye] should be in every metal fan’s collection. I think it kind of flies under the radar, but the people who love it are rabid about it, and I love that.”
He added: “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 a band that had a style that was so distinctly their own.”
Formed in 2004, Iron Age releasing two albums before they decided to split. The band’s 2009 sophomore album, ‘The Sleeping Eye’, gained notoriety on Texas’ underground metal scene.
In 2012, Frank Ocean reportedly caught a private jet to Austin, Texas just to see Iron Age perform in the backyard of rock club Red 7.
Frank Ocean once caught a private jet to Austin, TX just to mosh to Iron Age in the backyard of Red 7
— 💭 (@LeeSpielman) September 12, 2020
A sea of tributes have begun to pour in for Allison. “Rest In Power Wade Allison. A true pioneer of the damn riff game man,” one person wrote. “Every guitarist wanting to start a crossover band looked to his riffs. Sleeping Eye and Constant Struggle are god tier records. Much love to the Tejas family.”
Another wrote: “Everyone has their influences but we all know that if Wade never graced us with his talent then Texas wouldn’t be who we are today. Dude was such a fucking treat to be around. None of this shit seems real.”
See more tributes below:
Rest In Power Wade Allison. A true pioneer of the damn riff game man. Every guitarist wanting to start a crossover band looked to his riffs. Sleeping Eye and Constant Struggle are god tier records. Much love to the Tejas family. #ripwadeallison #riprileygale pic.twitter.com/9QGWpzE5L2
— Bootleg_Jnut (@JNUT123) September 12, 2020
You paved the way for so many generations to come. Thank you for being such a good friend to so many people I love and for always being so nice to me every time we got to kick it pic.twitter.com/tYevOrXtX5
— disfoo (@ShouldvBeenLars) September 12, 2020
RIP WADE ALLISON pic.twitter.com/eD20U5o5Xm
— [slow heavy music playing] (@scanlinespectre) 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
All my love and condolences to his family, his wife and kids. Unfuckingbelievable, I am so so sorry. I wish I could help in some way. I hope those grieving are safe. A terrible loss.
— I Have Boobs (@unlocked_body) September 12, 2020