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Ex-Evile guitarist OL DRAKE mixing solo album with James Murphy; artwork revealed

December 14th, 2014
'Old Rake' cover art, created by 5fingerz

‘Old Rake’ cover art, created by 5fingerz

Former EVILE lead guitarist OL DRAKE is currently mixing his debut solo album with producer and former DEATH/OBITUARY/TESTAMENT guitarist JAMES MURPHY.

The six-string shredder has been working on his first album of extreme instrumental music, which was recorded in the guitarist’s home studio and is due to be released in 2015 under the title ‘Old Rake’.

OL DRAKE comments:

“Finally, I can reveal the artwork I’ve had for the 14 months I’ve spent finding my feet, laughing at the artwork, writing and recording this album.  Fans took to calling me ‘Old Rake’ instead of ‘Ol Drake’ and it kind of stuck, so I thought I’d honour their hugely creative moving of one letter by calling this solo debut ‘Old Rake’ by ‘Ol Drake’ and creating a logo (by Chris Gunnz) for the ‘Ol Drake’ album saying ‘Old Rake’; confusing, no?  Thought not.

“I’m honoured to have the great James Murphy mixing the album.  Since I was a teenager I’ve been a fan of James’ playing in Testament, Obituary and Death, so having worked with him on this has had the 16-year old in me shouting strange noises at me in my head.  You shan’t be disappointed!  Especially if you’re a guitarist.

“The album was produced by myself and James.  It has been recorded in my home studio, ‘StudiOliveR’ in Huddersbottom (I moved from Huddersfield to Ramsbottom in Bury amidst recording it) and it is now in the capable hands of Mr. James Murphy; he’s currently mixing it to shred-y perfection.

“In the album art, I wanted to show me raking lots of people up with a rake, because that seemed to make sense at the time.  It doesn’t now but it’s still funny.  I didn’t want a stock picture of me holding a guitar as if to say ‘Hey guys, I’m here holding a guitar and this is my album’.  I hope you enjoy it, and your support on its release will be hugely appreciated.”

Listen to a demo version of one of the tracks due to be featured on the album, “Spaceship Janitor”:

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James Murphy Has Brain Tumor Relapse; Donations Welcome

November 17th, 2011
James Murphy

James Murphy

James Murphy, former guitarist of both Death and Testament, As well as founding member of the death metal band Disincarnate, has had a relapse of the  brain tumor that sidelined him back in 2001. Murphy stated that the tumor had returned but that it was a non malignant and that it was being treated pharmacologically. Unfortunately, those medications have serious side effects that have left him unable to work. The option for different medications is available, but at a cost of over $1000 a month, and he needs a minimum of 6 months of medication for treatment to be effective. With his medical expenses extremely high and James not being able to work due to the side effects of the current medications, the metal community is being asked to come together and help one of their brothers and donate to help him beat this once and for all.

In August 2001, Murphy was discovered to have a massive tumor growth near the base of his brain (on the pituitary gland) and was quickly scheduled for an urgent life-saving operation. James underwent surgery on September 17, 2001, involving a Maxillary Swing procedure that made entry through the left side of the face. An incision was made underneath the left eye, along the side of the nose, and finally through the middle of the upper lip. The facial tissue was then pulled back and the cheekbone removed. They then cut through James‘ sinus and made entry below the orbit of the eye to remove a portion of the growth. More was removed through an incision made in the soft pallet inside the mouth. About 70% of the tumor was removed, the remainder being too close to vital structures to risk further damage. The sinus was then packed with fat tissue taken from the lower abdomen via an incision below the navel and reattached. The cheekbone was set back in place and held with two small titanium plates. The facial tissue was then sutured closed along with the soft pallet. His mouth was fitted with prosthesis to protect the pallet tissue while it healed. The remaining 30% of the tumor was treated with a medication called Parlodel (Bromocriptine) to shrink it called which James was told he would have to take for the rest of his life. This treatment was more or less successful for 9 years.

A spike in the hormone indicator for the tumor, as discovered by a blood test that was followed up by an MRI to confirm, showed that the tumor was again active, and had grown a bit. Luckily not enough to require surgery, but radiation treatment was still on the table. The decision was made to defer the radiation treatment for 6 months, during which time the tumor would be attacked pharmacologically, increasing the dose of the drug used to hinder its growth to a level which leaves James wiped out, overly fatigued, nauseous, and unable to work to earn his living at full capacity. A better drug, one that has less side-effects, and would require a much smaller dosage is available, but considerable vastly more expensive.
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Pat Reyes of Dali’s Dilemma

August 24th, 2005

Metal Rules!! Interview with Pat ReyesPat Reyes of Dali’s Dilemma

Interviewed in November 1999, by Steve


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August 21st, 2005

James Murphy
Interviewed in Jan. 1997 by EvilG


Testament update January 1997:
The news about Testament seems to be changing quickly. First the band broke up. James Murphy went off to release his new CD “Convergences” and Chuck Billy and Eric Peterson stuck it out. They went by the name ”Dog Faced Gods” and on drums was former Machine Head member Chris Kontos. Chris has since left and Chuck and Eric have decided to stick with the Testament name. Lets hope they get a band together SOON and continue in the same vein as LOW.

Well here some new info on what James Murphy has been up to and the news from the Testament camp.

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August 21st, 2005

James Murphy
Interviewed on June 27, 1998 by EvilG 

Well this is not so much  an interview as it is an update from James that he sent to Metal Rules!!. As there is some really exciting news in here (his return to Testament) I’ve decided to post it here for your reading pleasure.

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