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Joey Jordison leaves Slipknot

By | Published on Monday 16 December 2013

Joey Jordison

Slipknot drummer and songwriter Joey Jordison has left the group, it was announced via their website last week.

The band said: “It is with great pain but quiet respect [that we announce] 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”.

The group added that they will continue to prepare new material for release next year, in the form of their first album since the death of another founding member, bassist Paul Gray.

Asked if any contributions from Jordison would still appear on their new album, frontman Corey Taylor told US radio station 93X: “No. He’s been doing [other band] Scar The Martyr, so this is all fresh material that just a handful of us have been putting together. I’ve been writing some stuff. Jim Root has got a ton of stuff. The guys are together right now jamming and putting stuff together”.

As for any information on the split beyond the band’s fairly vague statement, Taylor said: “I can’t really talk about it right now. It’s still so fresh, and there’s a lot of things going on behind the scenes that people don’t know about. So, legally and respectfully, I can’t say a lot about it. As soon as we can say something we will. We’re trying to protect him, protect us – just making sure we do everything right because that’s what we would expect from ourselves and the fans. It’s difficult. But if people can bear with us we’ll cross that bridge when we can”.