Former EVILE lead guitarist Ol Drake has announced a warm-up show prior to his appearance at this year’s Bloodstock festival in Derbyshire, UK.
The six-string shredder will be performing a headlining solo set on Saturday, 1st August at The Parish in his hometown of Huddersfield, a week before he rocks the Sophie Stage at Bloodstock in support of his debut solo album.
Former EVILE lead guitarist Ol Drake has released the first single from his upcoming debut solo album, ‘Old Rake’, which features instrumental guitar encompassing a myriad of styles, including flat-out shredding, classical, progressive, melodic and acoustic. The album is due to be released on June 22nd in Europe and June 23rd in the USA.
The first track, “Guitarists Playing Guitars” – which made its debut last night on the BBC Radio 1 Rock Show with Daniel P. Carter– showcases the six-string shredder’s phenomenal fretwork and features special guest appearances from the likes of Gary Holt(EXODUS, SLAYER), James Murphy (DEATH, TESTAMENT, OBITUARY) and Josh Middleton (SYLOSIS). Also featured is sticksman Mike Heller (FEAR FACTORY, MALIGNANCY), who performs drums on the entire album.
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”:
Earache/Century Media Records is proud to announce the signing of British guitar virtuoso Ol Drake! Ol Drake is currently working on his debut solo album, which is due to be released in 2014 under the project name of OLD RAKE and is set to include a number of guest musicians.
Recently at Bloodstock 2012 I had the pleasure of seeing Evile live on stage for the 2nd time and before Evile were due to take to the main stage I had the even greater pleasure and honour of speaking to both Ben (drums) and Ol Drake (lead guitar) from the band. Here’s what we got chatting about…
There is no doubt that Thrash Metal has made a defining comeback in recent years. With younger bands like Warbringer and Toxic Holocaust, the Thrash assault is definitely upon us. One band that has made a huge impact on the scene is the mighty Evile. Hailing from Huddersfield, England Evile has been hard at work with tours, writing, recording, you name it. Their dedication and true love for the genre make this band a must see for the fans of modern and old school Thrash. With their new album on the horizon, there is still much left undone for Evile, so expect to see much more of them in the future. I had the opportunity to chat with Ol Drake, and in this interview Ol sheds light on the new album "Five Serpent’s Teeth", the importance of supporting metal, and the passing of a dear friend and ex-Bassist Mike Alexander. Here is Ol to tell you all about it.