Although the circumstances of Joey Jordison’s departure from Slipknot severed ties between the drummer and the band, the band members want to bury the hatchet following the death of the former number 1. The new album The End So Far was therefore dedicated to the late virtuoso.
For a long time he was known only as Well. 1 under the guise of one of the biggest heavy metal bands in the world, Slipknot. The legendary band’s drummer, who passed away last July, Joey Jordison (Nathan Jonas Jordison) is today considered one of the most influential drummers of the genre and a musical genius.
He participated in the creation of the group, which he and the other members took from the misery of the cornfields of Iowa to the world map of heavy music, and with some compositions the group even penetrated mainstream. His musical genius was already felt by the band’s first fans, as it is mainly the introduction to the song Eyeless from the first album a masterpiece on drums.
The unique feeling of playing in a “metal orchestra”
He also deviated from the norm in terms of his drumming style, as he was not limited by genre either within or outside of it. He had an incredible sense of when to step forward with his drumming and take the spotlight, and when to play simpler rhythms (the song Liberate) that blend better with the rest of the eight musicians on stage, which included two percussionists in addition to Jordison. The technicality and precision of his playing can be imitated by few drummers, his ability is especially evident in the track Disasterpiece, where he uses most of the heaviest drum parts in ten seconds of the track.
Living with drugs and illness
Jordison left the group in 2013, when it was even rumored that the other members of the group simply kicked him out of the band. Jordison confirmed the rumors and admitted he was furious: “No meeting with the band? With the directors? Just an email saying they don’t want me anymore, even though I’ve dedicated my life to the band.” Despite the feeling of betrayal, Jordison has repeatedly said that he would still work with the group. Slipknot are between 2014 and 2019 with a new drummer Jay Weinberg recorded two albums that were not – The exception is the track Custer from the album .5: The Gray Chapter – was as successful as its predecessors. During his time of fame, Jordison struggled with drugs, but he spoke openly about his addiction and overcame it due to the impact of his drug experiments on his family. He suffered from Acute Transverse Myelitis, a neurological disease that took away the feeling in both legs, but he later recovered somewhat. Jordison died in 2021, aged 46.
Corey Taylor regrets split
In one of the interviews about the band’s latest album, The End So Far, the band’s singer Corey Taylor said that he wanted to reconcile with the drummer before his death. “We were all hoping to iron out the dispute.” He also said that the new album was dedicated to him. “During filming, it hit us that Joey was no longer with us,” Taylor said, adding that he wished the former number one hadn’t been lost so quickly.