Music The band Scar the Martyr was formed by Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison, second from right.

The band Scar the Martyr was formed by Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison, second from right.

Slipknot and drummer Joey Jordison have parted ways

Published on December 13th, 2013 | by Joe Lawler

UPDATE: 93X in Minneapolis interviewed Corey Taylor today. transcribed the interview. The gist of it: The band isn’t going to talk much about it yet:

“…I know the fans are chomping at the bit; it’s just we can’t really say anything right now. It sucks for them and it sucks for us, because, I mean, we have always really prided ourselves on being able to come out and be honest with everybody. But there’s really nothing we can say right now.”

Thursday evening the Iowa metal band Slipknot posted the following statement on its website about the band parting ways with drummer Joey Jordison.

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.

Thank you,

The ‘Knot

In October I interviewed Jordison before his side project, Scar the Martyr, performed at Wooly’s. He said the following about working on another Slipknot album:

““I have plenty of songs written, and I know the other guys are working as well. We’re going to accumulate as much material as possible for when the time comes. Before you know it, we’ll be back at it. We’re already well ahead of where we’ve been when we’ve gone into the studio before.”

About a month before my interview, Jorison seemed less certain about Slipknot’s 2014 plans in an interview with Metal Insider:

“Well, honestly, with all the he-said-she-said crap that goes on in the internet world or interviews or anything like that, I mean, it’s been well known that the ‘Scar the Martyr’ record is now coming out October 1 and I’m going to be on tour for at least a year if not more with that band. That’s my plan.”

Jordison was one of the earliest members of Slipknot, joining Shawn Crahan and Paul Gray in a band called The Pale Ones, which went on to play its first show in 1995 as Meld. IT was Jordison who suggested the band take the name Slipknot, which was one of the band’s songs.

Earlier this month Stone Sour announced that Jim Root, who plays guitar in Slipknot and Stone Sour, wouldn’t be touring with Stone Sour so that he could focus on writing material for the upcoming Slipknot album.

In addition to Slipknot and Scar the Martyr, Jordison has drummed for his band The Murderdolls and toured with Ministry and Rob Zombie.

Jordison is currently on tour in Europe with Scar the Martyr.

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