Joey Jordison has left the band Slipknot, dealing what could be a devastating blow to the band that already suffered the sudden death of its bassist in 2010 and has not released a new album in five years
The nu metal band announced Jordison’s departure on their website, offering few details but promising a further explanation in the future.
The statement read:
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.
Joey Jordison may be spending more time on his other project, a metal band called Scar the Martyr. Jordison has dedicated himself to the new band while Slipknot was on a break from touring and writing new music.
But as recently as this fall, Jordison had talked about Slipknot preparing to return.
“Before you know it, we’ll be back at it,” he told the The Des Moines Register. “We’re already well ahead of where we’ve been when we’ve gone into the studio before.”
Slipknot has not released a new album since 2008’s All Hope Is Gone. In 2010, the band’s founding bassist, Paul Gray, was found dead in a Des Moines hotel room of a drug overdose.
Joey Jordison has not released a statement on his leaving Slipknot.