New Avenged Sevenfold drummer
2011-01-20 by Daniel King | 144 Comments
Avenged Sevenfold have announced that Arin Ilejay (previously of Confide) will join as trial drummer for their forthcoming tour. He replaces Mike Portnoy (formerly of Dream Theater), who parted company with the band last month.
Tagged: Avenged Sevenfold

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kingjulian
January 20th 2011
1298 Comments


Just a note: I know Arin personally and he's an amazing guy and a phenomenal drummer. Don't let the Confide tag throw you off; he was their first drummer and separated from the band just after they started getting big. I've played with him many times and he's a ridiculously talented guy. Whether it comes to metal, rock, jazz or anything in between, his drumming is off the charts. Just my two cents : )

whywontyoudie
January 20th 2011
3063 Comments


sounds like he's too good for a7x then.

Static
January 20th 2011
2656 Comments


^^^

Josh D.
January 20th 2011
13972 Comments


Ha ha, until they change every member of the band, they will suck, so this really doesn't matter.

kingjulian
January 20th 2011
1298 Comments


I'm not exactly a fan of the band, but would YOU pass that gig up lol

Butkuiss
January 20th 2011
4253 Comments


Haha. Nice one whywontyoudie.

I can see a few people getting really upset about this, but if kingjulian is right, maybe he'll have a positive effect on the band. I'll be interesed to see what they come out with if he stays in.

Ire
January 20th 2011
41830 Comments


Ha ha, until they change every member of the band, they will suck, so this really doesn't matter.


^

ShadowRemains
January 20th 2011
21692 Comments


syn

FearThyEvil
January 20th 2011
12787 Comments


Like this makes much a of a difference.

DanteCuomo
January 20th 2011
381 Comments


He was the drummer for Rush; you of all people should know that.

ShadowRemains
January 20th 2011
21692 Comments


much a of a difference.


...

JAXETA
January 20th 2011
791 Comments


i hate stupid metal elitist's, i fucken hate all of them

Spec
January 20th 2011
27309 Comments


Why not just stick with Portnoy?

TheEnigma
January 20th 2011
566 Comments


Avenged Sevenfold will never be the same without The Rev.

whywontyoudie
January 20th 2011
3063 Comments


JAXETA, what are you getting at?

ChuckSchuldiner
January 20th 2011
68 Comments


i hate stupid metal elitist's, i fucken hate all of them


5 classic
AC/DC Back in Black
Avenged Sevenfold Waking the Fallen
Coldplay Parachutes
Meat Loaf Bat Out of Hell
Slipknot Iowa
Slipknot Slipknot
The Devil Wears Prada Zombie EP
Three Days Grace One-X

kingjulian
January 20th 2011
1298 Comments


Yeah, I'm curious here...

kingjulian
January 20th 2011
1298 Comments


Oh, that's what he was getting at...

Spec
January 20th 2011
27309 Comments


Oh no. How dare him listen to music the site doesn't approve of.

ChuckSchuldiner
January 20th 2011
68 Comments


go back to ultimateguitar then

JAXETA
January 20th 2011
791 Comments


a couple things, showing what i rate is fine? i havent rated anything cuz i dont care really... and just because there mainstream is the reason you guys hate em. i know ur gunna laugh or some shit but i really dont care

whywontyoudie
January 20th 2011
3063 Comments


i dont like a7x because they aren't good. im by no means an elitist.

Spec
January 20th 2011
27309 Comments


i know ur gunna laugh or some shit

ChuckSchuldiner
January 20th 2011
68 Comments


and just because there mainstream is the reason you guys hate em.


you couldn't be further from the truth

BallsToTheWall
January 20th 2011
44805 Comments


A7X without Matt Shadows muscular build, aviator glasses and chrome grill plated swagger? GASP!!!!!!!!!! How would they recover?

JAXETA
January 20th 2011
791 Comments


so megadeth is mainstream and there fucken amazing?

ChuckSchuldiner
January 20th 2011
68 Comments


they'd get phil labonte, another dude that fulfills all those qualities


ChuckSchuldiner
January 20th 2011
68 Comments


so megadeth is mainstream and there fucken amazing?


wat?


FilthyBorgir
January 20th 2011
1334 Comments


A7X without Matt Shadows muscular build, aviator glasses and chrome grill plated swagger? GASP!!!!!!!!!! How would they recover?

Lol

JAXETA
January 20th 2011
791 Comments


you're saying mainstream is bad, but right now it kinda seems like megadeth is mainstream... sooooooo yea? and i really mean popular not mainstream like bullshit hip hop

Athom
Staff Reviewer
January 20th 2011
17231 Comments


someone's ratings or post count has nothing to do with if their opinion is valid or not. doing that
crap is just a stupid cop out and is the equivalent of a 3rd grader saying "oh yeah! i know you are
but what am I?" fuck you and your alt and learn how to make valid complaints.

on to more important matters... well my personal vendetta against all things confide related now
carries over to a7x. their new drummer is a douche bag. i remember him from local shows. confide is
nothing but shitty people making shitty music.



ChuckSchuldiner
January 20th 2011
68 Comments


who said mainstream was bad?

whywontyoudie
January 20th 2011
3063 Comments


are you saying hip hop is bullshit or that only bullshit hip hop is popular?

Athom
Staff Reviewer
January 20th 2011
17231 Comments


hey newbie. don't feed the trolls.

JAXETA
January 20th 2011
791 Comments


new hip hop is bulllshit

JAXETA
January 20th 2011
791 Comments


and ok redskyformiles thnx you are so right

BallsToTheWall
January 20th 2011
44805 Comments


Frankly Id rather hear A7X on the radio then anything else.....well except any Natasha Bedingfield and Stereo Love.

bloc
January 20th 2011
35024 Comments


Is the new drummer going to have a cool Biblical name?

kingjulian
January 20th 2011
1298 Comments


JAXETA: welcome to the site, man. Sorry for being a bit of a jerk earlier, but you should know that you're simply not gonna win in this thread. Okay, I said it. lol @ BallsToTheWall's comment.

Spec
January 20th 2011
27309 Comments


I miss the Waking The Fallen days. Loved that album.

ShadowRemains
January 20th 2011
21692 Comments


Is the new drummer going to have a cool Biblical name?


was thinkin that same thing


JAXETA
January 20th 2011
791 Comments


true ill just give up and watch the idiots... i bet if metallica was in the music news they'd get hated on haha

kingjulian
January 20th 2011
1298 Comments


@redskyformiles: not that I think I can sway your opinion in any drastic way, but Arin really is a cool dude. If you got a bad impression back in the day that sucks, but he's a great, humble, generous guy and has been for years. He laughs all the time about "back in the Confide days" and all that so yeah... jus' sayin'

DanteCuomo
January 20th 2011
381 Comments


Is the new drummer going to have a cool Biblical name?


Emim's taken!

Athom
Staff Reviewer
January 20th 2011
17231 Comments


@ JAXETA you've found yourself in a tough spot because this site can be relentlessly cliquish and while i wont say elitist in attitude, the prevailing tastes cater more towards more extreme styles of metal such as black metal, death metal and sludge (and primarily more abrasive variants of each). Just remember that responding to someone trying to troll you is never worth the time if you can't troll them back.

bloc
January 20th 2011
35024 Comments


Emim's taken!

Isn't he also unbanned yet?

JAXETA
January 20th 2011
791 Comments


@ redskyformiles teach me xP

Athom
Staff Reviewer
January 20th 2011
17231 Comments


@kingjulian i used to run into the people from confide all the time back around 2005-2006 and they never left me with a good impression of them as musicians or as people. if he's not like he and the rest of his band were back in the day then more power too him but that isn't gonna change how i remember the people in that band.

JAXETA
January 20th 2011
791 Comments


opinions?

kingjulian
January 20th 2011
1298 Comments


Fair enough.

Mace
January 20th 2011
60 Comments


I really liked the drumming on the first Confide cd. That's really random to go from that to A7X, but whatev, more power to him I suppose.

kingjulian
January 20th 2011
1298 Comments


He's been a few bands in between, but they were all local.

anuspudding
January 20th 2011
403 Comments


band needs to jst get a drum machine. all their new drummers are too good at their instrument to fit in, and the band's ego is too high to get a drummer that matches to band's actual talent

DanteCuomo
January 20th 2011
381 Comments


Isn't he also unbanned yet?


Idk, the forum is really slow today for whatever reason and I don't feel like logging out.

Josh D.
January 20th 2011
13972 Comments


JAXETA's arguments would have been valid when we were all at age 10. Also, if the English language is so far out of reach that you can't differentiate homynyms, then don't use it.

JAXETA
January 20th 2011
791 Comments


and your pro pic shows otherwise?

Josh D.
January 20th 2011
13972 Comments


Dude, that's hand drawn, I don't know what you're talking about.

ShadowRemains
January 20th 2011
21692 Comments


jaxeta, redsky gave you some advice that i would suggest you follow

porch
January 20th 2011
8460 Comments


i hate stupid metal elitist's, i fucken hate all of them


go back to youtube


JAXETA
January 20th 2011
791 Comments


true haha my bad

Josh D.
January 20th 2011
13972 Comments


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climactic
January 20th 2011
20003 Comments


hating bad music =/= elitist

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DefeatedByTheMods
January 20th 2011
9 Comments


if you have to defend elitism in any form you're probably an elitist

Fallingfarbehind
January 20th 2011
29 Comments


@JAXETA if it helps your interacting with everybody, just think of sputnik as the/b/ of music sites and respond appropriately. Because that's how I see it.

wakeupdead
January 20th 2011
2208 Comments


"Ha ha, until they change every member of the band, they will suck, so this really doesn't matter"
Syn can shred thoughhhhhh lol i dont know why they wouldnt just stick with portnoy he isnt in a band or anything it seems and they needed a drummer

zaruyache
January 20th 2011
7453 Comments


...do I care at all about any of this?

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Josh D.
January 20th 2011
13972 Comments


No.

jimmykidd
January 20th 2011
535 Comments


what's an avenged sevenfold?

bewareitsted
January 20th 2011
55 Comments


I TRYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY

endorphin
January 20th 2011
184 Comments


It doesn't matter how well rounded the new drummer is. Whatever talents or influences he could bring to the table will never be heard on their next record. Consider A7X's mainstream status at the moment; they're just going to make him play standard time hard-rock beats.

And Josh. D's first comment.

fabzn
January 20th 2011
86 Comments


tldr

FishPhoenix
January 21st 2011
93 Comments


I miss Waking the Fallen.

Josh D.
January 21st 2011
13972 Comments


Not possible.

loveisamixtape
January 21st 2011
6277 Comments


I didn't even read the comments, yet I can bet it's a7x hate bullshit.

I hope this guy is good.

deathcap
January 21st 2011
20 Comments


It seems completely retarded that they got rid of portnoy. But I guess the old man effect seriously affected the vibe/pussy zone

paxman
January 21st 2011
4084 Comments


Was it ever said that the band dumped Portnoy? Because I was thinking Portnoy dumped them after God spoke to him and said "Fuck this band, guy."

Satellite
January 21st 2011
20826 Comments


remember when this band was good?

me neither.

Acanthus
January 21st 2011
9548 Comments


Hmm, if this came with a change of direction for the band then maybe it'd be better received news?

MoosechriS
January 21st 2011
5063 Comments


A7X without Matt Shadows muscular build, aviator glasses and chrome grill plated swagger? GASP!!!!!!!!!! How would they recover?

^

This comment surely wins the thread lol

Puzzles
January 21st 2011
3065 Comments


New drummer? Good. But stay the FUCK off the Soundwave bill.

Tyrael
January 21st 2011
20980 Comments


I sincerely hope he will help the band improve their sound.... but we all know that's not gonna happen.

lookatthatparkinglot
January 21st 2011
168 Comments


Good for him! Hope he actually gets to see a bit of green for his skills, and yeah he is a really nice duxe and won't die of "natural causes."

Strider
January 21st 2011
4598 Comments


Their last album was pretty kewl, I'd like to see where it's gonna go with this new drummer. @Kingjulian, I hope you're right about your friend, they've had two good drummers, so let's keep it that way. @JAXETA, take Redsky's advice, it's the one I never got, dude.

seifer
January 21st 2011
1006 Comments


hmm dont see any good comin out of it but who knows

G3N3R1C
January 21st 2011
1945 Comments


Now the real question: What incredibly lame stage name will they give him??

so megadeth is mainstream and there fucken amazing?


Megadeth is overrated.

Strider
January 21st 2011
4598 Comments


they should throw Shadows out, he's mainly the reason why I don't like this band

MO
January 21st 2011
19086 Comments


this band sucks so who cares

RiversCuomo
January 21st 2011
439 Comments


whoa satellites most creative post ever itt

sunofnothing13
January 21st 2011
61 Comments


band sucks. needs to disappear.

AdenZerda
January 21st 2011
118 Comments


Great. Now just replace that whiny, idiot vocalist and we'll be getting somewhere.

Satellite
January 21st 2011
20826 Comments


whoa satellites most creative post ever itt

who the shit are you

Helvete
January 21st 2011
1354 Comments


Just a note: I know Arin personally and he's an amazing guy and a phenomenal drummer. Don't let the Confide tag throw you off; he was their first drummer and separated from the band just after they started getting big. I've played with him many times and he's a ridiculously talented guy. Whether it comes to metal, rock, jazz or anything in between, his drumming is off the charts. Just my two cents : )
this post is so stupid i cant even find the right words to describe

Rev
January 21st 2011
9441 Comments


I stopped caring after Jimmy died

kingjulian
January 21st 2011
1298 Comments


Helvete, what do you mean?

StrizzMatik
January 21st 2011
3232 Comments


Late but if new hip-hop is bad why does Odd Future rule so much

opis1011
January 21st 2011
14 Comments


i hear just a bunch of fu'kin' trolls shitting about somethnig just because they dont like it.
just phatetic.

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A7XEric
January 21st 2011
313 Comments


I don't understand why this band continually gets so much hate on this site. Even if people don't like them you can at least give them that they are talented and their stuff is decently technical to play.

Anyways, I watched some live videos with the new drummer and he seemed pretty spot on. It'll be interesting to see if they stick with him after the tour.

Swingfinger
January 21st 2011
100 Comments


This band just reminds me of the kids in my High School that had giant ugly A7X tattoos put on them. hurray for buyer's remorse!

A7X for lyfe yall! Except A7X are about as hardcore as good Charlotte now.

BallsToTheWall
January 21st 2011
44805 Comments


RIP REV LOVE YA BRO

Josh D.
January 21st 2011
13972 Comments


" hear just a bunch of fu'kin' trolls shitting about somethnig just because they dont like it.
just phatetic."

Yeah, I mean, what retards for talking about music on a music discussion site, right?

"I don't understand why this band continually gets so much hate on this site"

Your avatar, that's why.

"Even if people don't like them you can at least give them that they are talented and their stuff is decently technical to play. "

Nope.

BallsToTheWall
January 21st 2011
44805 Comments


IT'S BRO MUSIC FOR BROS BY BROS. GUESS THERE AINT ENOUGH BROS ON THIS SITE TO APPRECIATE ALL THIS AUDIO BRO-TOSTERONE.

promiseswept
January 21st 2011
846 Comments


yeah his avatar made me laugh

Josh D.
January 21st 2011
13972 Comments


If you don't understand why a band gets hate when everyone is saying why they hate them, then I can't help.

promiseswept
January 21st 2011
846 Comments


i wish they would just go back to waking the fallen days. i actually liked his scream a lot. i'm gay for that throaty type sound

Josh D.
January 21st 2011
13972 Comments


I have always hated them, so I don't care.

Parallels
January 21st 2011
6643 Comments


portnoy would be too good for ax7 anyway.

bloc
January 21st 2011
35024 Comments


That's true, but it would be cool to hear how he affects their songwriting.

Josh D.
January 21st 2011
13972 Comments


Portnoy would be terrible for the band. The only thing worse than an Avenged Sevenfold song is a 15 minute Avenged Sevenfold song.

Parallels
January 21st 2011
6643 Comments


"The only thing worse than an Avenged Sevenfold song is a 15 minute Avenged Sevenfold song."

funniest thing ive read all week lolololol

Josh D.
January 21st 2011
13972 Comments


Hell yeah, flag plz.

rjmunthe
January 21st 2011
395 Comments


who gives a fuck about a7x

Helvete
January 21st 2011
1354 Comments


some fick faCE

Josh D.
January 21st 2011
13972 Comments


Ah cool.

dixoncocks
January 21st 2011
2659 Comments


"Frankly Id rather hear A7X on the radio then anything else.....well except any Natasha Bedingfield and Stereo Love."

Id rather listen to Natasha Bedingfield.

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TheStarclassicTreatment
January 21st 2011
2910 Comments


I'd rather look at Natasha Bedingfield

Josh D.
January 21st 2011
13972 Comments


The radio? Who the fuck listens to music on the radio (besides satellite).

PandaLuke
January 22nd 2011
62 Comments


I loved the drumming Arin did with Confide. Will this convince me to listen to this crappy band? Probably not.

Satellite
January 22nd 2011
20826 Comments


The radio? Who the fuck listens to music on the radio (besides satellite).


DGTLPRTY
January 22nd 2011
466 Comments


New drummer won't make that much of a difference they should just dig up the Rev's corpse and keep him on drums

Agnosticbybirth
January 22nd 2011
38 Comments


A7X gave me hearingAIDS...

sunofnothing13
January 22nd 2011
61 Comments


^ ha ha. nice.

8ight8all
January 22nd 2011
177 Comments


I really think this site posts Avenged news so people can make fun of them on the boards. Their news always garners the most comments.

BenTaylor
January 22nd 2011
48 Comments


well good luck to em.

shablaman54
January 22nd 2011
281 Comments


"I really think this site posts Avenged news so people can make fun of them on the boards. Their news always garners the most comments."

yea i know dude, it's awesome and fun!


AgentZero
January 22nd 2011
322 Comments


Go check out the Attack Attack! post and you will see who wins the Most Bashes Award.

Josh D.
January 22nd 2011
13972 Comments


No.

Satellite
January 22nd 2011
20826 Comments


classic josh

North0House
January 24th 2011
1764 Comments


Hi everyone.

lensman319
January 24th 2011
65 Comments


I don't get the hate for this band, they have a few decent songs.


zulop
January 25th 2011
165 Comments


Lol @ JAXETA the peasant getting all defensive. Might as well of just said OK GUYZ U R RITE

jmcparlin1
July 2nd 2011
2 Comments


I think they should bring in arin ilejey, he isnt as good as the rev in my opinion, no one is, the rev was not only good at doing fast drumming, he was also technically amazing.

criticsRfuct
August 6th 2011
89 Comments


ITs jealousy, there isn't one person in this list of comments that can play better, you might hate their work or you might hate them, why don't you release a few albums make a few mill and write a heap of songs about how much you hate them that way you might actually get your message across, is that your mom calling sounds like your beanut butter and jelly sandwich is ready.

Yuma310
August 7th 2011
1656 Comments


Ha ha, until they change every member of the band, they will suck, so this really doesn't matter. [2]

their turning into seether at this rate.


Yuma310
August 7th 2011
1656 Comments


"Frankly Id rather hear A7X on the radio then anything else.....well except any Natasha Bedingfield and Stereo Love."

No not even. that 'so far away' song is sooooo bad and gets way to much playtime on my local rock station. i shut off the radio.

Pharoh
August 30th 2011
3325 Comments


I never liked them

silentpotatofan
August 5th 2012
320 Comments


nice

KILL
August 5th 2012
72295 Comments


lol

KILL
August 5th 2012
72295 Comments


as i said before just cos they can play doesnt mean they can write songs for shit

they suck dickshfhjfsd

ChopSuey
August 5th 2012
2392 Comments


..."is that your mom calling sounds like your beanut butter and jelly sandwich is ready."

*peanut

fuckthatnoise
August 5th 2012
1479 Comments


pretty fitting topic for bronies to be mentioned. avenged sevenfold is pretty much the my little pony of metal.

KILL
August 5th 2012
72295 Comments


boom

ChopSuey
August 5th 2012
2392 Comments


whats a "poser"?

Scoot
August 5th 2012
17919 Comments


awful band

good to see the movement i started against coe worked out

johnnydeking29
August 5th 2012
9584 Comments


Fuck everybody for bumping this

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