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Sad faces around the Metal Hammer office today as it’s been revealed that mecha-talented guitarist Ol Drake has left Evile!

“It’s been half my life (15 years) since I started jamming in a room with three other guys, in a group in which I didn’t know would grow to be Evile, go through what Evile has gone through and achieve what Evile has so far achieved,” says the man himself in a statement. “Since 1999, I’ve put 100% of my time and life into the band we formed, while us all had/have to sacrifice a lot financially and personally along the way. I’ve had some of the best times of my life in the past 15 years and met some amazing and fascinating people. I’ve had the huge honour to play a part in so many things I’d never have dreamed of: paying tribute to Dimebag [Pantera] by covering Cemetery Gates in Metal Hammer; supporting Megadeth, Exodus and many bands I grew up listening to; playing and recording with Destruction; touring/seeing places in the world I’d never have got to see otherwise and many more.

“Over the past year, I’ve, unfortunately, found myself becoming more and more detached from the touring/band lifestyle. In my opinion, the music business for a band of our genre and ‘level’ determines a very unrealistic way of life to me, and I personally find it difficult to make a living and have a ‘normal’ life. This is not a plea for sympathy, I’m simply being honest. I’ve reached a point where I want a family/kids, a house, a steady and definite income and everything in between, and in regard to my personal preferences, a touring band’s income and uncertainties, in the state that I feel they would continue to be in, has become incompatible with how I feel and what I want/need.

Evile: Flying the thrash flag

“There is no animosity between the rest of the band and I. This is purely a personal and financial decision I’ve been mulling over for a while and I wish them all the best for the future. I am not unappreciative of the position Evile has in the music world; I know a lot of people would love to be where Evile are. I want to thank each and every person who supports the band, and I want to extend a special thanks to Digby and the Earache Records crew. Huge apologies to anyone this disappoints, but I have to do what makes sense to me. I am not quitting writing or playing; I do plan on continuing to record and write my own music (solo project, general composing/recording etc), I just won’t be touring etc. I’ll still be playing the two upcoming festival shows Evile have.

“You can keep up to date with what I’ll be doing on my Twitter or on Facebook. A big thank you to everyone!”

Evile remain with Ol’s brother Matt, bassist Joel Graham and drummer Ben Carter.

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Guitarist Ol Drake has announced his departure from British thrashers EVILE.

His official statement on the matter reads as follows:

“It’s been half my life (15 years) since I started jamming in a room with three other guys, in a group in which I didn’t know would grow to be EVILE, go through what EVILE has gone through and achieve what EVILE has so far achieved.

“Since 1999, I’ve put 100% of my time and life into the band we formed, while us all had/have to sacrifice a lot financially and personally along the way.

“I’ve had some of the best times of my life in the past 15 years and met some amazing and fascinating people. I’ve had the huge honour to play a part in so many things I’d never have dreamed of: paying tribute to Dimebag [PANTERA] by covering ‘Cemetery Gates’ in Metal Hammer; supporting MEGADETH, EXODUS and many bands I grew up listening to; playing and recording with DESTRUCTION; touring/seeing places in the world I’d never have got to see otherwise and many more.

“Over the past year, I’ve, unfortunately, found myself becoming more and more detached from the touring/band lifestyle.

“In my opinion, the music business for a band of our genre and ‘level’ determines a very unrealistic way of life to me, and I personally find it difficult to make a living and have a ‘normal’ life.

“This is not a plea for sympathy, I’m simply being honest.

“I’ve reached a point where I want a family/kids, a house, a steady and definite income and everything in between, and in regard to my personal preferences, a touring band’s income and uncertainties, in the state that I feel they would continue to be in, has become incompatible with how I feel and what I want/need.

“There is no animosity between the rest of the band and I. This is purely a personal and financial decision I’ve been mulling over for a while and I wish them all the best for the future.

“I am not unappreciative of the position EVILE has in the music world; I know a lot of people would love to be where EVILE are.

“I want to thank each and every person who supports the band, and I want to extend a special thanks to Digby and the Earache Records crew.

“Huge apologies to anyone this disappoints, but I have to do what makes sense to me.

“I am not quitting writing or playing; I do plan on continuing to record and write my own music (solo project, general composing/recording etc), I just won’t be touring etc.

“I’ll still be playing the two upcoming festival shows EVILE have.

“You can keep up to date with what I’ll be doing on my Twitter or on Facebook.

“A big thank you to everyone!

EVILE released its fourth album, “Skull”, on May 27 in Europe on Earache Records and in North America via Century Media/Earache Records. The follow-up to 2011’s “Five Serpent’s Teeth” was once again recorded with producer Russ Russell (NAPALM DEATH, DIMMU BORGIR) at Parlour Studios in Kettering, England. The artwork for the album was painted by artist Eliran Kantor (TESTAMENT, SODOM, HATEBREED).

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Pantera: Baby-friendly?!

Remember Iron Maiden lullabies and Avenged Sevenfold lullabies? The same company’s gone and done a Pantera one. D’aaaw.

Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star: Lullaby Versions Of Pantera Tracklist

01. Hollow
02. Planet Caravan
03. Cemetery Gates
04. Cowboys From Hell
05. This Love
06. Domination
07. Revolution Is My Name
08. 5 Minutes Alone
09. A New Level
10. Mouth For War
11. I’m Broken
12. Walk

Check out some audio samples here

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Has it really been 20 years since ‘Vulgar Display Of Power’?!

According to the lady herself, pop star Lily Allen’s baby will be born to the sweet, sweet sounds of Pantera. We approve.

Apparently she’s actually called “Lily Cooper” now. Wh’evs.

The singer tweeted last week: “My husband is currently making me a Pantera mix cd to take to the birthing suite. #cute”

D’aaaw. That Lily Allen’s alright, really.

What?

What?!

Look, let’s just all be happy that the first sounds of the outside world a sweet young child will hear will be the opening moments of Cemetery Gates.

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Church of Misery (Illinois/USA) has posted a song online from the band’s unreleased 1993 album, “Minstrel of Mourning.” Check out the track “Despair (At the Cemetery Gates)” in the player below. This is the first time a song from this album has been posted anywhere, and the album will see its release later this year through Razorback Recordings.

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DEMONIC RESURRECTION will headline the Cemetery Gates festival in Bangalore, India on October 8 as a way to pay homage to the legendary heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio (BLACK SABBATH, HEAVEN & HELL, RAINBOW, DIO), who recently died of stomach cancer.

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Fan-filmed video footage of British thrashers EVILE performing a cover version of the PANTERA classic “Cemetery Gates” live for the second time ever on April 28 at Trees in Dallas, Texas can be viewed below.

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British thrashers EVILE have ridden into Texas with all the fervor of four riled up cowboys from hell.

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British thrashers EVILE have released a digital-only single of the band’s cover of PANTERA’s “Cemetery Gates”.

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evile90Get the completed cover version on our Dimebag Darrell tribute CD that comes with Metal Hammer’s 200th issue – on sale December 16th. (more…)

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