Archive for Steve Vai

Former Evile guitarist Ol Drake signs worldwide deal with Earache Records

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , on 12th December 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

British guitar wizard, Ol Drake, who is best known for his work with Yorkshire thrash lords Evile, recently inked a worldwide, mutli-album recording deal with Earache Records. Ol Drake is currently working on his debut solo album, which is due to be released in 2014 under the project name of Old Rake and is set to 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.

Ol Drake made his name as lead guitarist for Huddersfield thrashers Evile, during which time the band released four critically-acclaimed albums, scored a top 10 album in the UK Rock charts, toured around the world with such high-profile bands as Megadeth, and won numerous accolades including a prestigious Metal Hammer Golden God award.

In 2010, Ol Drake was asked to join Australian comedian/musician Tim Minchin on stage at the UK’s Sonisphere Festival to help perform his track, Rock N Roll Nerd, and in 2012 was nominated in the Dimebag Darrell Shredder Award at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods, alongside the likes of Devin Townsend and Fear Factory‘s Dino Cazares.

Old Rake online:

http://www.oldrake.co.uk
http://www.facebook.com/theoldrake
http://twitter.com/old_rake

 

Iwrestledabearonce debut video for Letters To Stallone

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 12th September 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

Iwrestledabearonce today debuted the new video for Letters To Stallone, which can be viewed down below. The track is taken from the band’s latest album Late For Nothing. The video for Letters To Stallone features live, backstage and road footage compiled from the band’s recent European tour.

In related news, Iwrestledabearonce will be touring the Us next month, with the tour kicking off on 10th October. The tour will last a month, ending on 10th November. Tour dates are as follow:

Oct 10 – Metairie, LA – The Cypress
Oct 11 – Corpus Christi, TX – House of Rock
Oct 12 – San Antonio, TX – White Rabbit
Oct 13 – Dallas, TX – The Door
Oct 14 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
Oct 16 – Scottsdale, AZ – Pub Rock
Oct 17 – Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction
Oct 18 – San Diego, CA – Soma
Oct 19 – West Hollywood, CA – The Roxy
Oct 20 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
Oct 21 – Salt Lake City, UT – In The Venue
Oct 22 – Denver, CO – Marquis Theatre
Oct 24 – Des Moines, IA – Wooly’s
Oct 25 – Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theater
Oct 26 – Joliet, IL – Mojoe’s
Oct 27 – Indianapolis, IN – Emerson Theatre
Oct 28 – Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s
Oct 29 – Pontiac, MI – The Crofoot Ballroom
Oct 30 – Jeannette, PA – Gators
Oct 31 – Syracuse, NY – Lost Horizon
Nov 1 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium
Nov 4 – New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre
Nov 5 – Richmond, VA – Kingdom
Nov 6 – Greensboro, NC – Greene Street
Nov 7 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
Nov 8 – Tampa, FL – The Orpheum
Nov 9 – Lake Worth, FL – The Speakeasy
Nov 10 – Jacksonville, FL – Roc Bar

Iwrestledabearonce online:

http://iwrestledbearonce.com
http://facebook.com/iwrestledabearonce

 

Iwrestledabearonce release new album and video today

Posted in News with tags , , , , on 12th August 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

Following months and months of anticipation, post-hardcore band iwrestledabearonce have released their new album Late For Nothing via Century Media today. The album is available for purchase via the usual outlet and the IWABO webstore.  Late For Nothing can be streamed at this location for free.

Iwrestledabearonce has also released an epic new video for their song ‘Boat Paddle’ from ‘Late For Nothing’ at Youtube.com.  Known for their unique sense of humor, the band’s latest video finds the band being called on to save the Earth from an alien with a massive death ray.

Iwrestledabearonce online:

http://iwrestledabearonce.com
http://facebook.com/iwrestledabearonce
http://twitter.com/iwabo

 

Iwrestledabearonce premier new song featuring guitar legend Steve Vai

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , on 4th July 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

US hardcore band Iwrestledabearonce have premiered their brand new song Carnage Asada which features none other than guitar legend Steve Vai. The song is available for streaming on GuitarWorld.com and will be featured on the band’s upcoming album Late For Nothing, which is set for release next month via Century Media. Carnage Asada can be streamed at this location.

Carnage Asada is one of twelve progressive, jaw-dropping tracks from IWABO’s highly anticipated new album Late For Nothing, which also includes the recently released songs Firebees and Thunder Chunky. IWABO is wrapping up a European tour at the moment and will return to the U.S. later this month for The All Stars Tour 2013 with Every Time I Die.

Iwrestledabearonce online:

www.iwrestledabearonce.com
www.facebook.com/iwrestledabearonce
www.twitter.com/iwabo

 

iwrestledabearonce reveal details for third studio

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 10th June 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

Los Angeles based experimental-heavy-rock band iwrestledabearonce have announced they will release their highly anticipated, third studio album Late For Nothing, on 12th August in Europe via Century Media Records.

Late For Nothing was self-produced, recorded, mixed and mastered by the band’s guitarist and programmer Steven Bradley at the band’s home studio in Los Angeles.  It also marks IWABO’s first record with their fiery new singer Courtney LaPlante who joined the band with only a day’s notice during last summer’s Vans Warped Tour.

Newly recharged with the addition of LaPlante, Bradley and cohorts John Ganey (guitar and programming), Mike “Rickshaw” Martin (bass) and Mikey Montgomery (drums) are set to keep their fans guessing with Late For Nothing. While the band’s signature, avant-garde style is well intact on the new album; their style has progressed immensely.  By far their boldest and most accessible release to date Late For Nothing rips and roars with blunt force intensity, incorporating their brain joggling breakdowns with a unique blend of electronics, jazzed-out time signatures and break neck riffage. Bradley affirms this:

The entire album came together as a result of us wanting to do something different. We didn’t want to make another weird IWABO album or whatever people were expecting.  We set out to make something different and better than anything we’ve ever released.  It’s a more evolved version of the band.  We explored new styles and genres as well—especially in terms of the more spacey, epic, and beautiful parts. It’s got the most melodic moments of our career as well as the heaviest.

Featuring the forthcoming, schizophrenic first single Thunder Chunky, Late For Nothing scales the summit of heavy rock and metal with twelve teeth gnashing tracks that find a happy medium between crushing metal and beautifully orchestrated melody. The album’s opener, Thunder Chunky, sets the tone for the album as they slash their way through songs like Letters To Stallone, that showcases LaPlante’s incredible balance of full throttle screams and melodic choruses, and Carnage Asada which features a guest solo from the legendary Steve Vai.

Iwrestledabearonce online:
www.iwrestledabearonce.com
www.facebook.com/iwrestledabearonce
www.twitter.com/iwabo