Mike Portnoy will drum on Avenged Sevenfold's new album, the band announced today. Portnoy will replace Avenged Sevenfold founding member Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan, who passed away in December 2009.
"I want our fans to know that with Jimmy in our hearts, our journey to record has officially began. 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. Mike said it would be an honor and without question that’s what Jim would have wanted.
Portnoy, who comes from the band Dream Theater, will enter the studio with the band. It is unclear whether or not Portnoy will tour with Avenged Sevenfold, or if this is a one-time deal.This will be Avenge Sevonfold's first album since 2007.