Evile's Ol Drake on resisting progress, out-Hetfielding Hetfield, and the gory taste of thrash

Ol Drake
(Image credit: Karl Smith)

You know your band is a dead-ringer for classic '80s thrash metal bands when one of your songs gets posted on YouTube every year under the heading “New Metallica Song 20xx,” and people believe it. 

In actuality, the recurring song is Underworld, the lead track from respected British speed metallers Evile’s 2013 album, Skull. “Every year it gets millions of views and people are like, ‘Oh my god, James Hetfield sounds great!’” says Evile guitarist and now vocalist Ol Drake. “It’s pretty funny.”

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Jeff Kitts

As a teenager, Jeff Kitts began his career in the mid ’80s as editor of an underground heavy metal fanzine in the bedroom of his parents’ house. From there he went on to write for countless rock and metal magazines around the world – including Circus, Hit Parader, Metal Maniacs, Rock Power and others – and in 1992 began working as an assistant editor at Guitar World. During his 27 years at Guitar World, Jeff served in multiple editorial capacities, including managing editor and executive editor before finally departing as editorial director in 2018. Jeff has authored several books and continues to write for Guitar World and other publications and teaches English full time in New Jersey. His first (and still favorite) guitar was a black Ibanez RG550.