Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater recently completed tracking his drum parts for the upcoming new Avenged Sevenfold album. Portnoy was asked to handle the studio drumming for the bands new album, tackling the parts originally written by drummer James ‘The Rev’ Sullivan, who passed away in December of last year.
He had the following to say regarding the sessions:
“Just finished my drum tracks for the Avenged Sevenfold album…what an amazing and emotional experience! Me and Zacky celebrated by getting matching Death Bat tats here in the studio.
I must thank the amazing A7X fans for being so open and welcoming to me. I was fearing them being very defensive over The Rev’s drum throne but they’ve all been so supportive, open-minded, understanding and excited by the news…it is a huge relief to me and the guys!.
What an awesome family spirit these guys have…lotsa love! Shadows, Gates, Zacky and Johnny are now my brothers for life. Hopefully this won’t be the last time I play with them.
And oh yeah, the album is gonna be incredible!
The Rev is absolutely looking down with a big-ass smile on his face!”
Meanwhile, band guitarist Zacky Vengeance had the following to report on the sessions:
“Finished tracking drums with MP. They sound fucking amazing. Jimmy will be proud. Jimmy‘s also smiling knowing that Mike Portnoy has a deathbat forever tattooed on him. To show Mike that A7X is deeper then just a band I got one to match his.
Jimmy would have done the same. Mike realized that our fans and friends are considered family. Being an A7X fan isn’t always easy because it means you’re not only gonna laugh with us, but cry with us and defend us on occasion. If you’re part of the family it’s for life. Shads dedicated his right hand to our brother, without hesitation.
I believe what we all share together is magical and wouldn’t have it any other way…Ill try my best to keep you updated from the studio.