Shortly after the start of the 2014 Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival, Korn bassist Fieldy invited Avenged Sevenfold drummer Arin Ilejay to check out a band called Islander, which was playing hours before the two headliners were scheduled to perform.
“I watched their set and instantly fell in love,” Ilejay says. “Their sound was so cool and diverse and I became good friends with those guys and went back every day to watch them. The song ‘Counteract’ [from the band’s 2014 album, Violence & Destruction] especially blew my mind. I was like, ‘Dude, I wish I could sit in on the drums just for that song!'”