Earache and Century Media Records have teamed up to sign British guitar virtuoso and former Evile member Ol Drake to a recording contract.
Drake is currently working on his debut solo album, which is due to be released in 2014 under the project name of Old Rake.
The disc will allegedly include a number of guest musicians.
Ol Drake comments:
“Very excited to announce signing a solo deal with Earache Records. I established a great friendship with the guys at Earache over the years while I was with Evile and I was happy to hear they wanted to work with me in a solo capacity. This will be a studio project entitled Old Rake. I won’t be touring, and I’m thankful to Earache for being understanding of this and for giving me this opportunity; I wouldn’t rule out doing a few clinics here and there though.
I’ve always been inspired by Steve Vai, and I’ve always wanted to do something in a similar approach orientated around metal with injections of other styles and ideas which interest me. After recently seeing the film ‘Not Dead Yet’ about the amazing and inspiring genius, Jason Becker, it really kicked me into gear to do something with my playing; music is all I can really do, so I’m thankful for the opportunity and ability to still create music for people to hear. Looking forward to getting the music out there!”
No word yet on specific cameos for the disc, but I’ll surely check out Old Rake’s debut when it drops.