California rock staples Avenged Sevenfold have announced today that they'll be moving forward without their most recent drummer Arin Ilejay, who began as a touring member with the band in 2011 and officially joined as their full-time drummer in 2013. Ilejay played drums on the band's 2013 release, Hail to the King.

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On their website, Avenged Sevenfold explained the following:

Hello Everyone –


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.


With Love –

Matt, Zack, Brian, Johnny

No plans for a replacement have been announced as of yet.