Metal act Avenged Sevenfold has brought on ex-Confide drummer Arin Ilejay as a long-term replacement. The group fired their previous drummer Mike Portnoy at the end of 2010. Portnoy came on to fill the spot left when Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan passed away in late 2009.
The band commented on the “signing,”
“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 longtime 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.”
Avenged Sevenfold released their latest album “Nightmare” on July 27th on Warner Bros. Records.