Avenged Sevenfold Replaces Deceased Drummer James Sullivan with Mike Portnoy

​​Too soon? After James “the Rev” Sullivan's death in December should have the nationally beloved OC metalcore band gone on a longer hiatus? Or maybe called it quits like Led Zeppelin did when their drummer died? I'm undecided. Whatcha think?

“I want our fans to know that with Jimmy [Sullivan] in our hearts, our journey to record has officially began,” reads the statement on Avenged Sevenfold's website. “Jimmy helped leave this world an amazing gift and now it's our job to make sure to deliver that gift to our fans. We asked Jimmy's all-time favorite drummer Mike Portnoy to record on behalf of him.” 

Portnoy is best known for his work with prog-rockers Dream Theater.

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