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Avenged Sevenfold announce new drummer

By | Published on Friday 21 January 2011

Avenged Sevenfold

Metallers Avenged Sevenfold have announced their new drummer, former Confide man Arin Ilejay, who will replace Mike Portnoy, who was let go in December after dragging the band into a war of press statements with his ex-Dream Theater bandmates. Portnoy himself replaced Jimmy ‘The Rev’ Sullivan, who died from an accidental overdose of prescription drugs and alcohol in 2009.

In a statement, the band said: “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”.