Avenged Sevenfold frontman M. Shadows spoke to Pulse of Radio last week and briefly discussed the fact that ex-Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy will no longer be filling in for the band. Portnoy revealed that his time with the band had come to a close and made a comment about only being able to trust family.

While A7X told Noisecreep that they couldn't have soldiered on without the drummer after Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan's death during their ''Creep Show' episode last summer, Shadows did indicate that his band likes privacy and was not fond of the way that Portnoy's split with Dream Theater unfolded in such a public manner. It was not clear what the true cause of the split was, however.

"We were actually a little more shocked," M. Shadows said. "We felt that maybe both parties could have handled it a little more internally without being so press release-happy about what had happened between them. Because we're a band that, really, when it comes to news all over web sites or this or that about bands, you know, we don't tweet much, we don't try to put ourselves out that much, and all the drama and controversy wasn't something that we wanted at all."

The metal world is interested in what happens next, that's for sure.