Arin Ilejay leaves Avenged Sevenfold

Californian rockers Avenged Sevenfold have announced that they are “moving forward” without Arin Ilejay. The official release comes from the bands website and states creative differences as the reason behind his departure. Arin has been the most consistent drummer in the band since the death of original member Jimmy ‘The Rev’ Sullivan in 2009. The band originally had Mike Portnoy as the replacement sticksman during touring dates in 2010 but his commitments to his other band Dream Theater meant that he would not stay in A7X. The departure of Arin has lead to many fans speculating whether or not this would lead to the return of Mike but the band have been hesitant to reveal too much stating that “While we can’t say more at this time, we are excited for the future and looking forward to sharing our plans soon”. The statement signed by the remaining band members hails Mike for his energy and drumming skills and proclaims love for him for helping them during “some very dark times”.

Could this spell a ‘Metallica like’ Cliff Burton scenario with A7X? Time will tell, but we at Rebellious Noise would like to wish Arin and the remaining members of Avenged Sevenfold the best in the future. Stay tuned for updates and check out the official statement below;

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

REVIEW: Avenged Sevenfold – City of Evil – 10 Years On!


On 6th June 2005 – Avenged Sevenfold Released their third (and breakthrough) Album City Of Evil

Named after a fictional place and taken from lyrics to the opening track Beast And The Harlot – it debuted at No. 30 on the Billboard album chart. In August 2009, the album was certified platinum by the RIAA. To date, it has sold more than 2.5 million copies worldwide.  – It featured their hit single Bat Country which was one of the breakout singles of 2005, reaching No. 2 on the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks, No. 6 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks, and No. 1 on MTV’s Total Request Live. Four of the bands most popular songs – Seize The Day, Bat Country, Beast And The Harlot and Burn It Down, were released as singles between June 2005 and 2006.

If there is one thing that Avenged Sevenfold truly have excelled at over the years it’s their story telling. The stories this band tell through their music is just amazing. The tone for the album is set right from the first few notes of Beast And The Harlot, in the fact that it’s taking a more melodic route than previous releases – (2001’s Sounding The Seventh Trumpet and 2003’s Waking The Fallen) which both had a more Metalcore approach, whereas City of Evil is more of the classic heavy metal and heavy rock sounds. To a point that Matt worked on his vocals for this particular album with legendary vocal coach Ron Anderson, who worked with most notably Axl Rose (Guns N’ Roses) and Chris Cornell (Soundgarden.) In a quote from Shadows he states

“Ron taught me how to have that grit to my voice while still having the tone. He brought all of that to the table and he brought that technique to my voice. I’ve worked with him for about a year and a half now, but I worked with him for nine months before the record, I told him that I want my voice to sound different from everybody else, but I wanted those characteristics in my voice…It was one of those things that we just wanted to go all the way with it.”

After the release of the album rumours spread that Shadows had lost his ability to scream due to throat surgery he had needed after Warped Tour 2003 (I for one can vouch that he hasn’t having seen him perform twice! amazingly I might add!). Producer Andrew Murdock put down these rumours by saying

“When I met the band after Sounding the Seventh Trumpet…Matt handed me the CD, and he said to me, ‘This record’s screaming. The record we want to make…is going to be half-screaming and half-singing. I don’t want to scream anymore…the record after that is going to be all singing.'”

The route the album took, with the more heavy metal and heavy rock approach is what the band decided on for all their future releases Avenged Sevenfold (2007), Nightmare (2010) and Hail To The King (2013).

In fact what we get is an absolutely amazing album – It’s an album with 4 of my personal favourite A7X songs on too! (Beast and The Harlot, Bat Country, Trashed and Scattered and my all time favourite… Seize The Day)– As someone who got into this band through a friend in 2008, while I was still finding my way and deciding for myself what sort of music I liked, this band for me just made it click, and I put it down to the four songs I mentioned earlier. Just listening to some of the stuff the guys made their instruments do just astonished me. The drumming Speed of The Rev was just incredible, a task which (current drummer) Arin Ilejay is now trying his absolute best to replicate and to do justice in his own way. Synyster Gates and Zacky Vengeance just totally knock it out of the park with some of the guitar riffs and solo’s, while Johnny Christ holds his own with some really catchy bass lines. 

Part of me is sad that I never got to experience the hype of this album when it was being released or in full flow, but I’m so grateful that I got to hear it in full and absolutely fall in love with some of the songs, and be able to relate to some.

Thank You Avenged Sevenfold for leaving such a great legacy with this album 10 years on! and I look forward to the release of the new album (currently tentatively pencilled in for a 2016 release)





Avenged Sevenfold release teaser for upcoming ‘This Is Bat Country’ DVD release

Avenged Sevenfold have released a teaser for their upcoming DVD ‘This Is Bat Country’ 

Although there has been no date teased or any further information, all we have to go on is this teaser video posted on the bands website.

There is a poignant statement from A7X Frontman M Shadows who says in the actual video

 “Music is a journey, and a journey takes you places that you never thought you’d go, and sometimes it brings you right back to square one. I think it keeps life exciting. And if you’re favourite band can’t be exciting, then what can be?

I for one am most definitely excited about this much anticipated release! Check out the teaser video below