Earlier this year, metal band Avenged Sevenfold parted ways with drummer Arin Ilejay. As with many bands, the reason was due to creative differences and they left on good terms. Following this decision, unofficial auditions have been surfacing. When this was brought to their attention, the band expressed their gratitude but announced that they already have a drummer that they have been working with “for over a year”.
Said drummer has not yet been named, but they promise that they will share more info in due time. The band’s statement also thanked Chris Hawkins in particular, a US Army soldier who uploaded a nine-minute audition in September. The new drummer will be third in the line-up of drummers for the band, following Ilejay and founding member Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan who passed away in 2009.