Just as soon as good news rolled in about Slipknot and a future album, there’s some bad news to report today. Late last night, via Slipknot’s official website, it was reported that Joey Jordison had left the band. No details other than “for personal reasons” were officially given. However, given Jordison’s affinity for side projects, such as Murderdolls, we can speculate that he intends to focus on his new Scar the Martyr project.
Scar the Martyr released a free online 4-track EP in September 2013 through Revolver‘s website. Two of the EP’s tracks, “Blood Host” and “Soul Disintegration,” were officially released as singles and were included on the band’s debut self-titled full-length released in October 2013. Other members of Scar the Martyr include guitarist Jed Simon (Strapping Young Lad), guitarist Kris Norris (Darkest Hour), bassist Kyle Konkiel (In This Moment), keyboardist Joey Blush, and singer Henry Derek.
No doubt Slipknot will find a suitable replacement, but it’s sad to see such an integral part of the band, and one of metal’s greatest drummers, walk away from such a beloved band. Below you’ll find the official Slipknot statement:
To our Maggots and fans around the world,
It is with great pain but quiet respect, that for personal reasonsand 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.
Stay tuned toas this story develops.
Rock Hard \m/