The news broke yesterday but having been out at an all day affair that kept me occupied until the wee hours, I am only getting to the news now but yes its apparently true and drummer Joey Jordison has left Slipknot. I’ll let those of you who didn’t know pick your jaws up off of the floor before continuing. The bands official statement regarding this follows the logo which follows the jump so do please check it out.
“To our Maggots and fans around the world,
It is with great pain but quiet respect, that for personal reasons Joey Jordison and Slipknot are parting ways. We all wish Joey the best in whatever his future holds. We understand that many of you will want to know how and why this has come to be, and we will do our best to respond to these questions in the near future. It is our love for all of you, as well as for the music we create, that spurs us to continue on and move forward with our plans for releasing new material in the next year. We hope that all of you will come to understand this, and we appreciate your continued support while we plan the next phase of the future of Slipknot.
This news will obviously be of some distress to the bands longtime fans because after the 2010 death of founding member and bassist Paul Gray, the band took a hiatus and concentrated on other projects while leaving them hopeful about a return to greatness in Gray’s memory. Jordison has historically been the bands only drummer and in the role since 1995. His playing was often the highlight of a Slipknot performance and loaded with extreme technical skills and in the later years when a larger budget was behind them, a whole ton of visual excitement. One has to wonder if Jordisons plan is to lay more emphasis into his Scar The Martyr project or even give The Murderdolls another go round but if I can add a personal view into the mix I would say that neither of these projects has the earning capacity that Slipknot has become since its inception.
Some fans are commenting that the end of Slipknot is nigh with their now being two original members down and with Taylor and Root being a part of the immensely popular Stone Sour but I don’t personally see the band ending since it still draws massive audiences. I say let’s see how the new album that is being worked on will sound and who will replace Jordison on the drum throne. I admit that I chuckled a little bit when a Metal Sucks commenter suggested Dave Lombardo and you know what, that might actually work since it immediately puts an extreme level drummer of note in a powerhouse band.
I wish Joey good luck in whatever he decides to do as it will end up giving folks like myself more to report on in the Metal scene. The links below will take you to purchase points to a whole bunch of projects and bands that he has been a part of so get some shopping done for your friends or for yourself. Its the holidays so you deserve a treat as well.
Official Website: http://www.slipknot1.com