Arin Ilejay

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R. Arin Ilejay
Birth name Richard Arin Ilejay
Born (1988-02-17) February 17, 1988 (age 27)
Ventura, California, U.S.
Genres Hard rock, heavy metal, metalcore, deathcore (early)
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Drums, programming
Years active 2009-Present
Labels Warner Bros., Science

Richard Arin Ilejay (born February 17, 1988) is an American musician. He is the former drummer of American heavy metal band Avenged Sevenfold, becoming an official member in 2013 after being a session and touring member for the band since 2011, the band parted ways with him on July 23, 2015. He is also the former drummer of American metalcore band Confide.

Early life[edit]

Richard Arin Ilejay, was born in Ventura, California to Ric Ilejay, of American, Filipino and Mexican descent, and Charlotte Tuttle, of American, Dutch and German descent. Both of Arin's parents have musical backgrounds. Arin's father is a professional guitar player and his mother is a gospel singer. Arin started playing drums at the age of nine, learning funk, jazz, rock and Latin music with his dad. He later joined the Palmdale High School drumline.

Avenged Sevenfold[edit]

Arin Ilejay performing at Nova Rock Festival in 2014.

In January 2011, Avenged Sevenfold released the following statement regarding Ilejay's relationship with the band:

"We recently asked several friends who knew Jimmy and his style, and also knew our music and each of our personalities to suggest drummers to tour with us starting this year. Our longtime studio drum tech Mike Fasano recommended Arin Ilejay. We've rehearsed with Arin and have been impressed with his technical skills, attitude and work ethic. We're very excited to tour with Arin and hope all of you will give him the warm welcome to the family we have."

Ilejay took over for former Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy, who temporarily stepped in after the death of Avenged Sevenfold's original drummer Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan on December 28, 2009. He played his first show with Avenged Sevenfold (albeit not as an official member) on January 20, 2011 in Reading, Pennsylvania. He was featured on two singles subsequently released by the band: "Not Ready to Die," which was featured in the Call of Duty: Black Ops zombie map "Call of the Dead", and "Carry On," which was featured in the sequel Call of Duty: Black Ops II. On August 9, 2013, Ilejay played his first show as an official member of Avenged Sevenfold in Mashantuckt, CT at the Foxwoods casino, in advance of the release of his first album with the band, Hail to the King, which was released on August 27, 2013. On July 23, 2015, Ilejay and Avenged Sevenfold agreed to part ways, citing that "Creatively...we felt we needed to move in a different direction."


Ilejay currently endorses DW drums, Remo drumheads, and Zildjian cymbals:

14" A custom hi hat bottoms (x2 as hi-hats)

10" fx oriental trashformer splash

10" A custom splash/12" fx oriental trashformer splash (stacked)

14" fx oriental china "trash"

19" A custom projection crash (x2)

20" A custom crash (x2)

20" A custom rezo crash

20" Z3 medium crash

21" Z3 mega bell ride

22" A custom ride (x2)

20" Z3 china (x2)


TRX Icon stack (16" china/14" crash)

Sabian 12" chopper splash


Won the Best Drummer Award in 2014 at the annual Revolver Golden Gods Awards.


With Confide[edit]

With Avenged Sevenfold[edit]

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