UK guitarist Ol Drake, who left new-age thrash icons Evile in 2013, is now ready to release his riff-laden solo album ‘Old Rake’, on which he has collaborated with some of the legends of the genre like Gary Holt (Exodus, Slayer) and James Murphy (Death, Testament, Obituary). The album is laced with infectious riffs and mind-bending solos, and Ol Drake’s virtuosity doesn’t stop there: there are some beautifully-crafted acoustic pieces too. One can hardly find fault with anything here; perhaps the only thing we can complain about is that the transitions between radically different songs could’ve been more gradual and progressive, but that’s about it. Now, we cannot wait for Ol Drake to bring out his next installment of riff-and-shred-mania.
Growing up I wasn’t a huge Van Halen fan, I just knew Eddie was a brilliant guitarist. I learned Eruption (to the best of my abilities) when I was young, and while trying to teach someone how to tap when I was about 16 wrote what would later become “Han Valen”’s intro. “I’ll Be Bach” was also a tune I wrote in my teens, it would just never have fit into anything Evile.
I’m still not sure if I’m doing a second solo album or not. I don’ t know if it would have vocals – if it should be me or someone else – I don’t know. I didn’t even plan to do this one!