Wednesday, June 10, 2015


Former EVILE lead guitarist Ol Drake has teamed up with Metal Hammer UK for the premiere of a brand new track, "Han Valen".

The first song on Ol Drake's debut solo album 'Old Rake' - and second track to be released following "Guitarists Playing Guitars" in April - "Han Valen" once again showcases the six-string shredder's wide range of influences and mind-boggling talent.  'Old Rake' is due to be released on June 22nd.

Listen to "Han Valen" now over at Metal Hammer at

Ol Drake comments:

"Welcome to the first track on my solo album thing.  It is entitled 'Han Valen' for absolutely no reason and isn't implying anything at all.

"The intro which goes on for 7 years was written when I was about 16 while showing a friend of mine online (Hammy) how to tap on the guitar.  When it came to doing this album I thought it would make a cool addition.  With drums from Mike Heller (MALIGNANCY, FEAR FACTORY) and orchestration on the intro by Zino Von Hamersveld, it's definitely a song for guitarists to dig their teeth into.  If you want to learn how to play it, there is a guitar and bass tab and notation book available, notated by that me person.

"Hope you all enjoy!  If you like what you hear, please support the project and get an order in!"

With less than two weeks until its release, now's the time to reserve your copy of 'Old Rake' to avoid disappointment!  The album is available on CD, with a number of limited edition signed CDs available on a first-come, first-serve basis.  For anyone brave enough, there's also a deluxe 242-page tab book transcribed by Ol Drake himself and featuring full tablature for the entire album for both guitar and bass.

Pre-order the CD and official tab book now in Europe at or in the USA at

'Old Rake' is also available to pre-order on iTunes, including an exclusive bonus track as well as instant downloads of "Guitarists Playing Guitars" and "Han Valen", at

Don't miss Ol Drake live at his only scheduled solo shows:

Aug. 01 - Huddersfield, UK - The Parish
Aug. 09 - Catton Park, UK - Bloodstock Open Air Festival

View a photo of Ol Drake at

View the 'Old Rake' album artwork at

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