Joey Jordison, the drummer whose dynamic playing helped strengthen the metal band Slipknot to global star status, has died at the age of 46.
His family wrote in a statement: “We share the heart by telling the news that Joey Jordison, prolific drummer, musician and artist, died peacefully asleep … Joey’s death has left us with empty hearts and feelings of indescribable grief. For those who knew Joey, he understood his quick humor, his gentle personality, huge heart and his love for everything family and music did. ”
Born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa, Jordison played in a number of local bands before joining Slipknot – then called Pale Ones – in 1995, where Jordison named the band after one of their song titles. He came 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.
Driven in part by Jordison’s fast drumming along with percussionists and the adoption of horror film clothing with boiler suits and masks – Jordison wore 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 and set the stage for the second album Iowa, which topped the UK album chart in 2001 and is considered a gloomy genre masterpiece.
Jordison played on two more studio albums with the band: 2004’s Vol 3: (The Subliminal Verses) and 2008’s All Hope Is Gone, their first to top the US charts. In 2005, he won a Grammy with the band that got the best metal performance for Before I Forget.
In August 2010, readers of Drum Magazine voted Rhythm Jordison the greatest drummer of the previous 25 years. “This is bigger than a Grammy for me! You 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 separate for personal reasons.” In 2014, Jordison claimed he was fired and was “shocked and blind-sided” over the decision. He later revealed that he had transverse myelitis, a nerve disease that had affected his ability to play.
“I lost my legs. I could not play anymore. It was a form of multiple sclerosis that I do not want my worst enemy, “he said in 2016.” I got myself up again and I got myself in the gym and I got myself back in therapy to beat this … 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 that shit. ”
After leaving Slipknot, Jordison continued to form bands Scar the Martyr, Vimic and Sinsaenum and continued Murderdolls, a side project he had started in 2002. Over the years he also played live drums for Metallica, Korn, Satyricon, Ministry and Rob Zombie .
Metal stars who pay tribute include Serj Tankian of System of a Down, who called him “a great drummer and a great guy,” and Trivium frontman Matthew Heafy, who said, “Joey’s contribution to music changed the face of heavy music on the planet as we know it.”