Joey Jordison, the drummer whose dynamic playing helped bring the metal band Slipknot to power worldwide star, has died at the age of 46.
His family wrote in a statement: “We are passionate about sharing the news that Joey Jordison, prolific drummer, musician and artist, died peacefully in his sleep … Joey’s death has left us with empty hearts and feelings of indescribable sadness. For those who knew Joey, understood his quick humor, his gentle personality, huge heart and his love for all things family and music. ”
Jordison was born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa, and played in a number of local bands before joining Slipknot – then called the Pale Ones – in 1995, with Jordison naming the band after one of their songs. He was on the band’s first release, Mate. Kill. Feed. Repeat., And the lineup grew to nine members for their self-titled debut album in 1999.
Partly driven by Jordison’s rapid drumming along with percussionists, and the adoption of horror film outfits with kettlebells and masks – Jordison used an expressionless mask used in Japanese noh theater – the band brought drama and invention to the American metal scene. Their debut album was certified platinum in 2000, setting the stage for their second album Iowa, which topped the UK album chart in 2001 and is considered a somber genre masterpiece.
Jordison played on two other studio albums with the band: 2004’s Vol 3: (The Subliminal Verses) and 2008’s All Hope Is Gone, their first to reach the US top. In 2005 he won a Grammy with the band, which earned the best metal performance for Before I Forget.
In August 2010, readers of drum magazine Rhythm Jordison voted the greatest drummer of the previous 25 years. “This is bigger than a Grammy for me! Your people keep me alive, I can not thank you enough, ‘said Jordison.
He left in 2013, with the band announcing: “It is with great pain but quiet respect that Joey Jordison and Slipknot say goodbye for personal reasons.” In 2014, Jordison claimed he was fired and was “shocked and blinded” by the decision. He later revealed that he had obstructive myelitis, a nervous disorder that had affected his ability to play.
‘I lost my legs. I could no longer play. It was a form of multiple sclerosis, which I do not wish on my worst enemy, “he said in 2016.” I got myself up again, and I got myself into sports school, and I got myself back in therapy to beat this … If I can, you can do it. To people with multiple sclerosis, chronic myelitis or something like that, I’m a proof that you can beat that shit. ”
After leaving Slipknot, Jordison continued with the formation of the bands Scar the Martyr, Vimic and Sinsaenum, and continued Murderdolls, a side project he started in 2002. Over the years he also played live drums for Metallica, Korn, Satyricon, Ministry and Rob Zombie.
Tribute metal stars Serj Tankian of System of a Down, who called himself “a great drummer and a fantastic guy”, and Trivium frontman Matthew Heafy, who said: “Joey’s contributions to music have changed the face of heavy music on the planet as we know it. “