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Huddersfield's Ol Drake joins dubstep group Reabo

Former Evile guitarist ready for 'backlash'

Ol Drake

Former Evile guitarist Ol Drake has resurfaced with a surprising new project after quitting the metal band last summer.

The Huddersfield thrasher has lent his riffing skills to a new dubstep group called Reabo.

Their track, Whatever May Come, also features Skindred drummer Arya Goggin, vocalist Beau Pierre, DJ Rob Rednek and Eddy Temple Morris.

Ol, who will be releasing a solo album later this year, said he had been invited onto the team by Jagermeister while still in Evile.

He said: “I’m open to a lot musically and it sounded like a cool, different opportunity.

I like getting out of my creative comfort zone; I learn a lot more approaching things like that.

“I used to be ‘Just Metal’ – but it became extremely limiting in so many ways.

“Once they mentioned the different kinds of artists who would be involved I jumped at the chance.

“Whatever May Come was very vibe orientated. All the content presented was performed and came from a genuine place. I riffed over parts in the studio until something clicked.”

Ol said he was fully prepared for an onslaught of negativity over the genre-busting collaboration.

“When you’re involved in the arts you open yourself to criticism and insults, so I fully expect a backlash, especially from the Metal community. I’ve heard all the insults and criticisms over the years and I’ve generally stopped minding what people think anymore and I just get on with what I want.

“I’ve had death wished upon me for my Lady GaGa covers so I’m not worried.

“There will be some metalheads out there who can open their mind slightly and at least appreciate something else, even if they don’t like it.

“Reabo is about people from different walks of life and tastes coming together and embracing and accepting each other regardless of credence. “It’s about celebrating bonds and friendship.

“A friend is a friend regardless of what walk of life or music they listen to.”

Ol, who walked out on Evile after becoming tired of the relentless touring schedule, said his solo work may also take a different slant to what might be expected.

He added: “I’m currently creating my first solo album which will be released by Earache Records/Century Media USA in late 2014.

“I can’t begin to describe what it is going to turn out like as I’ve been given free reign and I’m making it all up as I go along without any kind of plan.

“All I can say is rock, metal, guitar solos, prog, jazz, classical.... I don’t even know!

“Jason Becker and Steve Vai really kicked me up the backside in terms of inspiration.”

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