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We talk to Avenged Sevenfold new boy Brooks Wackerman

On his new job, his history with some of rock’s biggest names – and that new Avenged album.

Avenged Sevenfold announced last month that their new drummer will be former Bad Religion, The Vandals and Avril Lavigne sticksman Brooks Wackerman.

 It’s certainly been a trying period for Avenged after the tragic death of original drummer Jimmy ‘The Rev’ Sullivan in December 2009, with ex-Dream Theater sticksman Mike Portnoy filling in for the subsequent Nightmare album, before unknown youngster Arin Ilejay was announced as The Rev’s official, long-term replacement in 2011, going on to play on the band’s hugely successful Hail To The King world tour. 

However, Arin surprisingly left the band in July of this year following what guitarist Zacky Vengeance cited as “creative differences”, with the band revealing later on that they’d been working with a new drummer for over a year now. That man turned out to be Brooks, and with the announcement making his addition to the fold official, you’d imagine fans and band alike will be hoping that A7X have finally found some much-needed stability in replacing one of the 21st century’s most iconic and unique drum talents.

“Well, first of all, I’d like to echo those sentiments about Jimmy,” Brooks tells us in an exclusive chat with Hammer. “I’ve spent a while studying Jimmy’s parts and navigating where my voice is in this band. I hope that this will be the start of many records down the road, because we all share the same goals and aspirations for this band. For a drummer, you can’t ask for a much better gig than with these guys, because what they do is so broad. It is metal, yes, but it’s so much more than that, so I feel that I now have avenues open to me that weren’t open to me before. It’s exciting.”


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