Lead guitarist Ol Drake of thrash metal band Evile has decided to part ways with the band. The guitarist had made an official statement regarding the decision, which you can read in full below:
“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!”