THE metal world has been rocked after Evile lead guitarist Ol Drake quit the band.
Led by Drake and his older brother Matt, the Huddersfield thrashers had risen from obscurity to worldwide fame over the past six years, performing at a number of top festivals, including the legendary Download at Donington.
But despite apparent success, Drake announced last Friday that he was not prepared to carry on, citing the gruelling touring schedule as the main reason he was calling it a day.
He said: “Over the past year, I’ve, unfortunately, found myself becoming more and more detached from the touring 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.
“I’ve reached a point where I want a family, kids, a house, a steady and definite income and everything in between.”
Along with fellow Holme Valley friend, Ben Carter, Evile began as a metal covers band Metal Militia playing at Bar 1:22 and The Parish.
They began writing original material and were picked up by the Earache label in 2006.
They have released four albums, all of which had been met with critical acclaim.
Hailed as one of the best guitarists in the metal arena, Drake was nominated for a top “shredder” award at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods last year.
He added: “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, I just won’t be touring.”