Waking up to some interesting news that Avenged Sevenfold have parted ways with their new drummer Arin Ilejay, who joined the band back in 2011 taking over from the late James “The Rev” Sullivan.
In a statement on their website the band said:
Hello Everyone –
We are writing this to inform you all that we will be moving forward without Arin IIejay as our drummer. Arin has been nothing but a positive energy and monster drummer for us over the past 4 years. We love the guy and always will. We are and will always be grateful to him for helping us to move forward through some very dark times. Creatively though, we felt we needed to move in a different direction. While we can’t say more at this time, we are excited for the future and looking forward to sharing our plans soon with the greatest fans in the world. As always we appreciate your understanding and unwavering support.
With Love –
Matt, Zack, Brian, Johnny
Very interesting news considering Arin seemed so happy and comfortable when we caught up with him backstage at the Soundwave Festival last year. Revisit that interview here. The new Avenged Sevenfold album is expected to be released next year.
Until next time, rock the fuck out