Avenged Sevenfold Lose A Member

Avenged Sevenfold announced on Thursday that drummer Arin Ilejay has left the group. Ilejay started playing with the band in 2011 when he replaced Mike Portnoy, who was brought into the group following the death of original drummer Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan.

The band released the following statement via their website: "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."

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