By Scott T. Sterling
Slipknot found a way to rock again following the death of founding bassist, Paul Gray, in 2010 and now the group must move forward without its original drummer Joey Jordison, who has unexpectedly left the fold.
The sudden announcement was released via an official statement on the band’s website, which promises that Slipknot will indeed go on:
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.
As mentioned in the announcement, Slipknot has been hinting at releasing new material in the near future, with the band’s frontman, Corey Taylor told Radio.com back in October that songs were being worked on for their follow-up to 2008 release, All Hope is Gone, but gave no definite dates of when fans would get a new album.
“We’re gonna start throwing some music together, start putting together the seeds of a new album,” he said. “That’s the extent of my plans.”
Jordison is expected to continue working with the aforementioned Scar the Martyr project, which released its debut album this year.