Robert: CC you replaced somebody as the drummer. Did you have to audition, or were you already friends with the band?
Christian Coma: I was friends with Jake and Jinxx prior to joining the band, and then I started having meetings with Ashley.
I was working with several different bands as well as working as a studio musician. I wasn’t tied down to one band and wasn’t sure where I wanted to go.
Ashley Purdy: He didn’t even want to be in this band at first! He was saying, “Oh, I have this other band in Colorado, I know Avenge Sevenfold is looking for a new drummer. I think I’m gonna do that.”
We were just on the cusp of getting signed to Universal. We were like, “We got a fucking record deal!” And he was like, “Oh, I don’t know, man.” He was holding out. [Laughing]