Avenged Sevenfold

Arin Ilejay Says He Was “Shocked And Scared” When Avenged Sevenfold Let Him Go


Though former Avenged Sevenfold drummer Arin Ilejay has since found a gig with Islander, he spoke of the initial shock he felt when he was let go by his previous outfit. Speaking to, he commented:

“I was totally shocked and scared out of my mind when Synyster Gates called me to let me go. I was like, ‘Oh my God! My wife is about to have a baby. How am I going to support my family now?'”

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It also sounds as though despite being a member of Avenged Sevenfold for four years, he was never considered a true member of the band’s inner circle—at least when it came to songwriting:

“I realized if I joined Islander I would have an opportunity to help write songs and build something, instead of being on the inside but, at the same time, really be on the outside the way I was with Avenged.”

Islander themselves announced their new album and debuted a new song earlier today (June 17th.) Ilejay has since been replaced in Avenged Sevenfold by former Bad Religion drummer Brooks Wackerman.

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