Iowa masked metallers Slipknot have parted ways with long-time drummer Joey Jordison.
In an unexpected announcement, the band, writing via their official website, noted Jordison has left the group due to “personal reasons”.
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.
Jordison announced his new band Scar The Martyr previously, with the group’s debut studio album now out.
Killyourstereo.com chatted with Jordison in October, with the drummer saying the following at the time:
"That’s why I’ve got this band [Scar the Martyr] right now. That’s what I’m most passionate about at the moment. That doesn’t mean Slipknot is going anywhere. We are still completely, 100% together." Listen to the full interview here.