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Although the Austin, Texas, quintet Iron Age recorded its second studio album in 2009, The Sleeping Eye sounds like an artifact from San Francisco's early-'80s thrash-metal scene. The opening title track is explosive speed metal in the spirit of Corrosion of Conformity, Cro-Mags, and early Metallica. Guitarists Matt Jackson and Wade Allison have certainly done their homework, blasting raw riffs against distorted fretboard shredding. In the following “Dispossessed,” they exude a chemistry and tension that recalls Dave Mustaine and Chris Poland on Megadeth’s 1985 debut album, Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good!. Iron Age is propelled by the outstanding rhythm section of drummer Reed Thomas and bassist Matt Jackson, whose versatility and congruency is best exemplified in “Burden of Empire”; they start with juggernaut rhythms that lumber alongside walls of guitar sludge. As the song shifts gears and gains speed, Thomas and Jackson fire off like a well-tuned V-twin engine. Frontman Jason Tarpey eschews retro trappings with a feral scream that has more in common with Bison B.C.’s James Farwell. 

Customer Reviews

Painfully underrated

This is one of the best albums that nobody has heard. If you like thrash metal, this is a no brainier.

Such a Tragedy!

Bands like this are proof that there is so much better music out there than what you hear on the radio. I mean it almost makes me want to shed a tear because bands like this get unnoticed and a lot of the times split up because they can't catch their big break. This album slays so hard and will keep you head banging all the way through


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Influenced by '90s speed metal -- especially by Bay Area metal/punk crossover bands Cro-Mags and Corrosion of Conformity -- Iron Age formed in their home city of Austin, TX, in 2005. Hoping to further blur the line between hardcore and thrash, after undergoing several changes they eventually decided on a permanent lineup: vocalist Jason Tarpey, drummer Reed Thomas, bassist Matt Jackson, and duel guitarists Matt Jackson and Wade Allison. After releasing their first demo on Tarpey's own label, Next...
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