Avenged Sevenfold Confirm New Drummer

Avenged Sevenfold have revealed that their new drummer will be Arin Ilejay of Confide.

Avenged Sevenfold Confirm New Drummer
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After recent speculation following the announcement of Mike Portnoy's departure from Avenged Sevenfold, the band have revealed that their new drummer will be Arin Ilejay of Confide. A post on the band's official website explained the reasons for their decision: We recently asked several friends who knew Jimmy and his style, and also knew our music and each of our personalities to suggest drummers to tour with us starting this year. Our long time studio drum tech, Mike Fasano, recommended Arin Ilejay. We've rehearsed with Arin and have been impressed with his technical skills, attitude and work ethic. We're very excited to tour with Arin and hope all of you will give him the warm welcome to the family we have. Ilejay got his first live outing with Avenged Sevenfold when the band began their Nightmare after Christmas tour in Philadelphia last night. He replaces ex Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy, whose contract with the band was not renewed at the end of 2010. Portnoy, in turn, replaced Jimmy The Rev Sullivan, a founding member of the band who died in December of 2009. Avenged Sevenfold's tour schedule will see them trek across the U.S alongside Stone Sour, Hollywood Undead and New Medicine through January and February. The band has also been announced as one of the headliners for this year's Download Festival at Donington Racetrack in Derbyshire. Mike Portnoy, meanwhile has announced that he is to be involved in a new side project with current Deep Purple guitarist Steve Morse. Portnoy's former band mates in Dream Theater are also set to announce their replacement drummer in the near future. Portnoy left the band in September 2010, citing conflicting interests as the reason for his departure.

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    arctic_jules
    i havent hear anything from this guy before i hope his good enought and i really hope they come to mexico would be like the second best day of my ****ing life
    Randomrings
    steve morse is cool... and mike portnoy is a sexy beast. i can deal with this but can i wait for dream theater's new album?
    fetjuel
    Eh. The guy's okay. Confide has some cool ideas in the stuff but overall, his drumming isn't GREAT... but it's nothin to sneeze at.
    Kwyjibo2006
    He's the band's new touring drummer. The band haven't said whether or not he's their new permanent drummer.
    Tster
    Awesome drummer. Not fully Avengeds style so a little surprising but an awesome drummer. Wicked!
    Sparky-MMA
    The band has also been announced as one of the headliners for this years Download Festival at Donington Racetrack in Derbyshire.
    no they haven't... they've been confirmed to play, Linkin Park and System are headlining, with another band yet to be announced... UG don't post false news....
    SGofawesome
    Sparky-MMA wrote: The band has also been announced as one of the headliners for this years Download Festival at Donington Racetrack in Derbyshire. no they haven't... they've been confirmed to play, Linkin Park and System are headlining, with another band yet to be announced... UG don't post false news....
    No, they are definitely co-headlining with System. I don't even think Linkin Park is playing Download. Idk, I just know that A7X and System are headlining.
    syn4ever
    Zacky's name he made up so he could have "vengeance" on the people who mocked him in high school. As for Arin, I hope he works out and stays on. This way we can have at least one more album I'm going to Edgefest in Little Rock, I can't wait to see how he is with them. They were amazing on Uproar so hopefully this is just as good.
    donadams70
    A7X was lucky to have a drummer like Portnoy play with them.He was a world class drummer before these guys picked up an instrument ..He could of been a big influence or a great conection with contacts or made A7X a more stand out band.They have not had a spot on album or CD for you stupid people since City of EVIL and Dream Theater has had 57 class act albums compared to 8 HELLO is there anyone with a brain out there....
    PuRs3l
    savolic wrote: Where does Zacky Vengeance come up in the bible? tbh his name is wierd and cool enough to just use that as a stage name
    I don't think Zacky did. "Avenged Sevenfold" actually comes out of the bible in Genesis 4. "If Cain shall be avenged sevenfold" That's actually what the song "Chapter Four" is about. Anywayts, I saw the Reading show. Arin was amazing. I was very pleased.
    slash.r0cks
    rechris06 wrote: http://www.trxcymbals.com/risingstars/im... ilejay.JPG That is the guy sevenfold is working with.. i'm starting to lose faith in you guys, you should have had stuff work out with portnoy.
    he looks like Lars Ulrich in his early days. Eh, I've only heard of his work, need to hear it myself though.
    savolic wrote: Where does Zacky Vengeance come up in the bible? tbh his name is wierd and cool enough to just use that as a stage name
    Heck, where does Synyster Gates appear in the Bible? As far as I know, they were nicknames they had during high school. I'll double check to be sure though.
    savolic
    100% wrote: Eggmond wrote: maybe it will be count metal face or blood storm or kommander kool You idiot, All their stage names have to do with the Bible
    Where does Zacky Vengeance come up in the bible? tbh his name is wierd and cool enough to just use that as a stage name
    rain-man
    While it doesn't necessarily say that he's gonna be permanent, they also didn't set an end time like they did for Portnoy. At least after all the drama last year they've found someone who they can keep going with for awhile.
    Maggot66
    No, he is the permanent drummer. The guy is amazing. Welcome to the family.
    Horizons18
    I wish they would stop using the old promo shot from the self titled and just cropping Jimmy off the end of it. Just seems a tad disrespectful, IMO. Anyway, never heard of this guy, but Trivium took a similar route with their new drummer and it seems to have worked ok, so maybe this is the way to get new members these days.
    nikki90
    He has not replaced the Rev, hes still just a touring musician at this time. Best of luck to him though.
    A CATSHOVEL
    "We're very excited to tour with Arin and hope all of you will give him the warm welcome to the family we have. I see what you did there.
    Pagan_Poetry
    Checked out a few Confide videos the other day. I don't think he's as talented, but there is definitely a very similar style in drumming. Mind you, maybe he was drumming what Confide required, and he could match The Rev's work. I think it's cool they got someone not nearly as well known as that other... guy... Mark Patton or something. They've given a new comer a chance to be in one of the biggest modern bands at the moment.
    DarkieBC
    At this point... i wish portnoy wasnt such a diva and tour again with a7x.
    100%
    Eggmond wrote: maybe it will be count metal face or blood storm or kommander kool
    You idiot, All their stage names have to do with the Bible
    shredder3386
    Eggmond wrote: maybe it will be count metal face or blood storm or kommander kool
    lmao...so true...or maybe "Broody Mc****ity Dark"
    TomWhaley
    Horizons18 wrote: I wish they would stop using the old promo shot from the self titled and just cropping Jimmy off the end of it. Just seems a tad disrespectful, IMO. Anyway, never heard of this guy, but Trivium took a similar route with their new drummer and it seems to have worked ok, so maybe this is the way to get new members these days.
    I agree. Jimmy was in the picture, so he should stay in the picture. If U-G doesn't want him in the picture anymore, use a promo for Nightmare.
    Mean Mr Mustard
    DarkieBC wrote: At this point... i wish portnoy wasnt such a diva and tour again with a7x.
    It wasnt Portnoy's decision, it was A7X's...
    ihaterap69
    100% wrote: Eggmond wrote: maybe it will be count metal face or blood storm or kommander kool You idiot, All their stage names have to do with the Bible
    job?
    s12k17
    100% wrote: Eggmond wrote: maybe it will be count metal face or blood storm or kommander kool You idiot, All their stage names have to do with the Bible
    wrong. watch 'All Excess'. it will tell you where they got them. anyways good luck arin. hopefully this all works out.
    Lion_Slicer
    Sounds like as good a pick as any, excited to see that they've moved to this point. But are they going to give him a silly stage name?