Slipknot may have finally started working on a follow-up to 2008’s All Hope Is Gone (and their first album since the passing of Paul Gray), but they’ll be doing it without Joey Jordison. That’s because Slipknot has just announced that they’ve parted ways with the drummer.
Slipknot issued the following statement on their website about Jordison’s departure:
“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.
It’s unclear which side initiated the split. However, it’s worth mentioning that when we spoke to Jordison back in the fall, he did say that he was going to be touring in support of Scar The Martyr for at least a year. “We’ll still do Slipknot shows here and there, but as far as a Slipknot record, we’re all just working on material,” Jordison told us. “There IS going to be another Slipknot record, I promise. It’s just that timing factor, you know? We all have other things that we’re doing right now.”
Still, Jordison’s depature from Slipknot comes as a major shock. Not only was he one of the remaining original members, but Jordison had been the most adamant about Slipknot moving on despite Paul Gray’s death in 2010, even when some of his bandmates were reluctant. Jordison had even insinuated that he was writing Slipknot material on his own even while working on Scar The Martyr’s self-titled debut.
As of now, it’s unknown as to who will be replacing Jordison in Slipknot, or how this move will affect the new album. Either way, the last thing Maggots expected to receive in 2014 was a Slipknot without Joey Jordison.