Deathbat News

Zildjian’s Sound Legacy With Arin Ilejay.
September 29, 2014, 2:48 pm
Filed under: Arin Ilejay, Interviews, Mayhem Festival 2014

While on Mayhem Festival 2014, Arin Ilejay spoke with Zildjian about choosing the cymbal manufacturer and his current setup. Songs played in the video include Shepherd Of Fire and Nightmare. Arin’s setup includes the following: 14″ A Custom Mastersound HiHat Bottom x2 (HiHat setup), 10″ FX Trashformer, 12″ FX Oriental China “Trash,” 19″ A Custom Projection Crash x2, 20″ A Custom Crash x2, 19″ A Ultra Hammered China, 20″ A Custom China, 20″ A Custom EFX + 18″ A Custom Crash (stack) and 22″ A Custom Ride x2.

Arin Ilejay & M Shadows Talk Video Games & Hail To The King: Deathbat.
August 10, 2014, 9:28 am
Filed under: Arin Ilejay, Hail To The King: Deathbat, Interviews, M Shadows

While on Mayhem Festival 2014 with Korn, Scottsquatch of Video Game Sellers caught up with Arin Ilejay (2:23-3:18) and M Shadows (14:28-16:36) and asked about video games Arin’s currently playing, Hail To The King: Deathbat and what some of Matt’s favorite video games are.

Submitted by Thomas.

Arin Ilejay Talks To The Telegraph About Mayhem Festival.
July 3, 2014, 3:14 pm
Filed under: Arin Ilejay, Interviews, Mayhem Festival

Arin Ilejay talked to Alton, IL’s The Telegraph about how it will be touring with alongside Korn on this Summer’s Mayhem Festival, the show they’ll be bringing to fans and their set list. Brian “Head” Welch (Korn) also spoke about being “guided” by Avenged Sevenfold.

“I really like the bands and really excited to tour with Korn,” said Avenged Sevenfold’s drummer Arin Ilejay during a recent interview with The Telegraph. “Since Soundwave Festival in Australia we got to know the guys. It’s really awesome. As a kid, listening to Korn, it’s like, ‘No way dude, I’m actually friends with these guys.’”

Yet Korn’s guitarist, Brian “Head” Welch, who left the band nearly 10 years ago in 2005, defers to Avenged Sevenfold as the mentors to today’s metal musicians.

“I think Avenged is guiding us now because they’re huge,” Welch said in a separate interview with The Telegraph. “It’s cool they got respect for us, now (we’re ) just one that influenced them and be looked up to like that. It encourages me to know we helped make them think, ‘Maybe I could do this thing for a living.’ So we don’t mentor, they’re going on their own and killing it.”


“We are bringing the craziest show, we’re bringing so much and blowing things up. This is definitely a city we’re looking forward to playing,” he said about St. Louis, where the festival takes place at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in the St. Louis suburb of Maryland Heights, Mo. “We’re constantly driving from city to city now and in the U.S. right now. We’re touring a lot, so we’re already kind of on fire.”

Avenged Sevenfold has mainly been considered by music critics as heavy metal, hard rock and metalcore, which is a fusion of extreme metal and hardcore punk. They also are known for their album cover’s and T-shirt’s dramatic imagery. They have released six studio albums, one live album/compilation/DVD, and eighteen singles and sold more than 8 million albums worldwide.

“We’re constantly thinking, ‘What’s going to be best for this city?’,” Ilejay said about their body of work. “We don’t want to give exactly what we’ve performed in the past, especially now having this many albums to choose from. We know fans have to hear ‘Afterlife’ or ‘Critical Acclaim,’ and do our best to give them their desired stuff, but we will have a lot of ‘Hail to the King,’ especially live, it changes it, heightens it. The band put a lot of work into it. You see it come to life and lived out on stage.”

Arin Ilejay Lists Nine Drummers That Influenced His Style.
June 25, 2014, 5:40 am
Filed under: Arin Ilejay, Interviews

Arin Ilejay gave Rhythm Magazine a list of nine drummers that helped influence his style.

“One of the first big influences for me was Dave Weckl. His is the kind of stuff that I would just sit and listen to. I learned drums by just listening to music and playing what I heard. My dad turned me onto Dave Weckl and his playing was incredible. At the time I couldn’t pull any of it off, I don’t think I could even do any of it now to be honest. I haven’t listened to him as much lately because I’ve been focusing on different music, but he inspired me to want to be better.”

“The Mars Volta was a huge thing for me, guys like Jon Theodore and Thomas Pridgen are incredible guys. Thomas Pridgen has been huge for me recently. Jon Theodore had a huge influence on my style as well. He broadened my horizons when it comes to different techniques.

The Rev (Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan) was the person that got me into metal. There weren’t any metal drummers that drew me in until him. Jimmy’s parts are amazing so [on joining the band] being already a fan of Jimmy – he’s one of my favourite drummers – I wanted to do his parts right, you know? So I was like, “I’m going to do these parts right, this is what I’m good at, this is what I do.”

Avenged Sevenfold’s ‘Hail To The King: Deathbat’ Character Weapons.

M Shadows explained each Hail To The King: Deathbat characters weapon to Revolver Magazine. Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan will appear in the game as an unlockable character.

“Well, for instance, Arin [Ilejay] really wanted a blade in each hand with a boomerang effect so that they would come back to him. We couldn’t do that, so we compromised and gave him a double-sided sword. Zacky [Vengeance] wanted a baseball bat—he throws rocks at people, and mashes them with a bat. Synyster Gates has a little demon that runs around with him—and when you use his magic powers, you hear one of his dive-bombs, which he recorded specially for it. Johnny [Christ] has the “Hell Sword,” which rains blood on people, and I [M Shadows] have “Shadows Sight,” which is like a black plume of smoke that you inhale in your lungs. We all did stupid voiceovers for it when we were a little inebriated. [Laughs] Also, with the blessing of his parents, we put The Rev in the game. Once you unlock his character, you can use him as your comrade to help you through the levels.”

Avenged Sevenfold Attempt To Perform ‘Eternal Rest’ In Quebec City.
May 13, 2014, 10:40 pm
Filed under: Arin Ilejay, Shepherd Of Fire Tour, Video

Avenged Sevenfold have been switching up their set-lists nightly on the Shepherd Of Fire Tour and were starting to kick off Eternal Rest in Quebec City, QC when Arin began playing Chapter Four instead. Rookie mistake.*

La Presse’s Interview With Arin Ilejay.
May 9, 2014, 5:54 pm
Filed under: Arin Ilejay, Interviews

La Presse spoke to (Translated*) Arin Ilejay ahead of Avenged Sevenfold’s show in Quebec and asked if he enjoys the city, how the band approached him to become a permanent member, if he feels any different now that he is, succeeding Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan, changing his drumming style to record “Hail To The King,” sharing the stage with bands that influenced Avenged Sevenfold and touring for long periods of time.