By: Chris Coutsoukis
Earlier this year we had announced that Avenged Sevenfold had parted ways with drummer Arin Ilejay, today the band has announced that they have found his replacement. After the announcement that Ilejay would no longer keep the beat for the California five-piece, countless videos flowed in for hopeful fans auditioning for the band. Today, the band acknowledge these auditions with the announcement that the replacement has been known for nearly one year:
"It has been brought to our attention that a lot of videos have been posted online from some pretty amazing drummers who want to try out for Avenged Sevenfold. While we appreciate the overwhelming interest and support we thought it would be the right thing to do to let everyone know that we already have someone. In fact, we have been working with this person for over a year now to make sure that it was a correct fit before making any sudden changes. When we have more to share we will be sure to do that. As for Mr. Chris Hawkins, you rule brother. We look forward to hearing about any future musical endeavors you may have. We appreciate the video and your service to our country. We will reach out and would love to meet with you when our paths cross next. - A7X"
Below is a video the band posted along with today's message.