The Skinny: Former Evile lead guitarist Ol Drake has launched a brand new track from his forthcoming album. ‘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. The track once again showcases the six-string shredder’s wide range of influences and mind-boggling talent. Old Rake is out now on Earache Records.

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!”


I have an unhealthy obsession with bad horror movies, the song Wanted Dead Or Alive and crap British game shows. I do this not because of the sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll lifestyle it affords me but more because it gives me an excuse to listen to bands that sound like hippos mating.