Very soon after the tragic death of Power Trip frontman Riley Gale, we’re sorry to report that Wade Allison of Texas metallized hardcore band IRON AGE has passed away. Tributes have come in from many bands and labels online. See below.
“Austin, Texas’ Iron Age have been slugging it out in hardcore and punk circles since the middle of the decade, touring the North America and abroad with such contemporary hardcore luminaries as Rise And Fall, Cold World, Fucked Up, and Trash Talk while steadily honing the riffed-out hardcore sound established on their 2006 debut Constant Struggle.
With The Sleeping Eye, Iron Age remains a modern torchbearer for the long tradition established by the crossover classics (Corrosion of Conformity’s Animosity, Crumbsuckers’ Life of Dreams, Cro-Mags’ Best Wishes, etc), but twists the NYHC-inspired thrash of their debut to create something bigger and darker, enhancing the violence of their former efforts with mammoth Lovecraftian atmopshere. Gargantuan guitar riffs conjure images of astral behemoths while unnamed terrors lurk in the unwavering, resolute rhythm section. The demon doesn’t truly emerge though until the blood-curdling, blasphemous growls of Jason Tarpey crawl to the startling forefront. Fans of the vocal madness of King Diamond or G.I.S.M.’s Sakevi can rejoice at this reverb-drenched shrieking.
The Sleeping Eye is a sprawling modern heavy metal opus that doesn’t forsake its hardcore roots, but follows them to their sonic extremities, forging a sound that honors the crossover forefathers while treading new ground in brutal atmosphere and doomy ambiance.” – Tee Pee Records
Dammit. Texas hc/metal family is just getting hammered in rapid succession. I love all of you deeply and hope you stay safe out there in the coming days. Wade forever. Iron Age forever.
— Dark Operative (@dark0perative) September 12, 2020
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
RIP Wade Allison. IRON AGE FOREVER. pic.twitter.com/8Kr8Pan81J
— Chad Harley (@chadxmerch) September 12, 2020
Imagine being a literal riff lord like Wade Allison?!?! I constantly have had IRON AGE riffs stuck in my head for like at least 12 years straight. RIP. pic.twitter.com/9ea7g7siXX
— Sir Joey of Step (@JoeyStep) September 12, 2020
Man, straight up fuck this year. I’m over this shit. I didn’t know wade by any means but I can’t even imagine what his family, friends and people who’ve been inspired by him are going thru right now. RIP Wade Allison.
WADE ALLISON FOREVER ⚔️ IRON AGE FOREVER! pic.twitter.com/sf1z91MZd0
— Preacher Mane (@yaaaaames) September 12, 2020