Joey Jordison, the drummer whose dynamic playing helped propel the metal band Slipknot to global stardom, has passed away at the age of 46.
His family wrote in a statement: “We are heartbroken to share the news that Joey Jordison, prolific drummer, musician and artist has passed away peacefully in his sleep… Joey’s death has left us with empty hearts and feelings of grief. indescribable. To those who knew Joey, understood his quick wit, gentle personality, giant heart, and love for all things family and music.
Jordison was born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa, and performed in a number of local bands before joining Slipknot – then called the Pale Ones – in 1995, Jordison naming the band after one of their tracks from song. He was featured on the group’s first outing, Mate. To kill. Food. Repeat., And the lineup grew to nine members for their self-titled debut album in 1999.
Powered in part by Jordison’s high-speed drums in tandem with percussionists, and adopting outfits from horror films with jumpsuits and masks – Jordison used an expressionless mask used in Japanese Noh theater – the group a brought drama and invention to the American metal scene. Their debut album was certified platinum in 2000 and paved the way for a second album Iowa, which topped the UK album charts in 2001 and is considered a dark genre masterpiece.
Jordison performed on two other studio albums with the band: Vol 3 in 2004 (The Subliminal Verses) and All Hope Is Gone in 2008, their first to top the US charts. In 2005, he won a Grammy with the band, which won Best Metal Performance for Before I Forget.
In August 2010, readers of Rhythm Drum Magazine voted Jordison the Greatest Drummer of the Past 25 Years. “For me, it’s bigger than a Grammy! You keep me alive, I can’t thank you enough, ”Jordison said.
He left in 2013, with the band announcing, “It is with great pain but discreet respect that for personal reasons Joey Jordison and Slipknot go their separate ways. In 2014, Jordison claimed he was fired and was “shocked and caught off guard” by the decision. He later revealed that he suffered from transverse myelitis, a nervous disease, which affected his ability to play.
“I lost my legs. I couldn’t play anymore. It was a form of multiple sclerosis, which I didn’t wish on my worst enemy, ”he said in 2016.“ I got up, I ended up in the gym and I recovered. in therapy to overcome that. … If I can do it, you can do it. For people with multiple sclerosis, transverse myelitis or something like that, I’m living proof that you can beat this shit.
After leaving Slipknot, Jordison formed the bands Scar the Martyr, Vimic and Sinsaenum, and continued Murderdolls, a side project he started in 2002. Over the years he has also played drums for Metallica, Korn , Satyricon, Ministry and Rob Zombie.
Honoring metal stars include System of a Down’s Serj Tankian, who called him an “amazing drummer and fantastic guy,” and Trivium frontman Matthew Heafy, who said: We know that. “