Orange County, California's AVENGED SEVENFOLD has finished recording its fifth album for a late 2010 release. Guitarist Zacky Vengeance wrote on the band's official Twitter profile, "There are no words that will ever describe the feeling of listening to this album while driving home alone at 4 a.m." The group's manager, Larry Jacobson, added, [The record is] almost done, not mixed. [It contains] some of my favorite [AVENGED SEVENFOLD] songs ever."
DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy recently issued a statement about being tapped to work with AVENGED SEVENFOLD on the band's new album. Portnoy filled in for James "The Rev" Sullivan, who died in late December. Portnoy said, "Even under normal circumstances, I would've been happy to help the guys out in any way I could as I think AVENGED SEVENFOLD are a great band...but under these incredibly sad and tragic circumstances, I must say I am truly honored to have been asked to play with them and I didn't even have to think twice about saying 'yes.'"
Portnoy added, "These guys are a true family and it is an incredibly emotional experience to be here with them for the first time without their lost brother. But they have welcomed me into the family with open arms and there's a real excitement to make the record they had set out to make."
Portnoy also said, "I am treating my participation on this album with the utmost respect for Jimmy's memory and am remaining as true as possible to the drum parts that he wrote for the songs and the record he wanted to make."
AVENGED SEVENFOLD announced Portnoy's participation in their fifth album on February 17, calling him Sullivan's "all-time favorite drummer. "
Sullivan was found dead at his Huntington Beach, California home on December 28, 2009. The cause of death has not yet been announced.
(Thanks: Animaan Pathak)