Joey Jordison: 'I Didn't Quit Slipknot, I Would Never Abandon It'

Meanwhile, Corey Taylor stresses the band isn't falling apart.

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Former Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison shed some light on his recent band departure, stressing he never quit the Knot fold and confessing he was just as shocked about it as the public. "To my fans, friends, and associates ... I would like to start the New Year by addressing the recent rumors and speculation regarding my departure from Slipknot," Joey kicked off via Facebook. "I want to make it very clear that I did not quit Slipknot. This band has been my life for the last 18 years, and I would never abandon it, or my fans. "This news has shocked and blindsided me as much as it has all of you. While there is much I would like to say, I must remain silent to further details at this time. I would like to thank you all for your unwavering love and support, and wish everyone a very happy and healthy New Year," the post concludes. Meanwhile, singer Corey Taylor went on to reassure the fanbase about the band's future, noting that Slipknot is by no means falling to bits. "For those who think the Knot are falling apart, you are greatly and sadly mistaken," he briefly tweeted. "Bring on 2014. Great things are coming. Stay tuned..." As previously pointed out by Taylor, the specific details regarding the Jordison split cannot be unveiled yet due to legal reasons. "It's still so fresh and there's a lot of things going on behind the scenes that people don't know about," the singer told 93X Radio. "So, legally and respectfully, I can't say a lot about it." Finally, former Decapitated drummer Kerim "Krimh" Lechner, posted two audition clips for Slipknot, despite the fact that no formal audition has been announced. "There is no official audition going on but I want to give it a shot just in case the band is searching for a new drummer," Lechner explained. "I have always liked this band and their music. They influenced me quite a lot in my early years of drumming." You can check out Kerim's "People=Sh-t" and "Eyeless" performance clips below. Do you think he could fill Joey's shoes? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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    thenextkirk92
    Kerry King must be managing them.
    fcthesnake
    Both Dave and Joey had played for Metallica for once.Guess who's in charge now xD
    T7E
    Nice drumming
    noodles07
    He was Behemoth drummer while Inferno was recovering after surgery. He is very good if he can replace him.
    ScottStewart1
    him and Lombardo filled in for Metallica once too, back when ol' Larsy almost OD'd on coke
    Irwin Navarro
    If Joey didnt quit, well then it must be one of these three things. 1) They fired him. 2) He will take an indefinite hiatus from the band to focus on STM (kinda like how the drummer of Soundgarden took a break in order to pursue PJ) 3) He's still in Slipknot.
    redisni
    4) Joey Jordison's Christmas Special, just like Brian Griffin's return
    MetalRock4ever
    The possibility that he got fired is quite high, afterall he did say earlier last year that Slipknot would carry on with or without Corey... It's all in the air :o
    Deliriumbassist
    Matt Cameron didn't go on indefinite hiatus to pursue his Pearl Jam career. Soundgarden straight up broke up for the ever cited 'creative differences.'
    iommi600
    Man, I gotta say that all members of Slipknot seem like pretty down to earth people. The opposite of what the band's image says. Props to him for addressing the situation publicly. (Sorry if I sound stupid, I'm half drunk)
    matteo cubano
    its honestly probable because they use the music for therapy, they wear the masks and stuff to get out all the non down to earth stuff at their shows so they can be laid back. thats based on what they say anyway
    MthrfknBrkdwN
    Krimh would be a great replacement if there's no other way but I really think they need to sort this out and get Joey back. I also think they should let Donnie on stage now. It wouldn't be disrespecting Paul to take on a new full time bassist.
    kramer242
    I think they should have left Donnie on stage in the first place. He was an original member, not a random person filling in. Yeah he left for awhile. It happens. I guess Corey should have performed in the back. He was a replacement.
    MthrfknBrkdwN
    Exactly! Jim wasn't the original #4 either, that was Josh. Josh is even on the cover of their first album!
    izzyrays
    Stop Bullshiting Fans With Drama , Give it to us straight!
    Maiden95
    Exactly, I'm not even a fan of the band and I get fed up with these people feeding us this "legal" horseshit. If he was fired, tell us why!
    timmynirvanafan
    I once read paul gray was the guy who broke the ice and kept everyone cool. Looks like he is really being missed now. Im sure he wouldnt want it to be like this.
    matteo cubano
    they better have a damn good explanation coming
    ScottStewart1
    a few years ago, he mentioned in an interview how they could get another singer if they had to. This has been building up for quite awhile
    tric565
    The only thing the whole of the rest of the band would agree to kicking joey out of the band is if he was using drugs again. Thats why they cant really talk about why he was kicked out. Since they already lost one band member due to drugs they probably have a zero tolerance towards band members using stronger narcotics now.
    fromzero
    Joey: "Corey is holding all of us back using Pauls name as an excuse to sell Stone Sour records and books. We owe it to Paul to make the best record ever, with or without him." Corey: "You change the singer you change the sound and loose fans. It's him or me guys." Guys: "$$\@÷×££€€¥¥ later Joey! "
    Dannym95
    Although I will continue to support Slipknot without Joey in their ranks, I must say this is the kind of thing that annoys me about band member firings these days. A band announces that they've "parted ways" with a member, and that member says he never quit and found out about his supposed "departure" online. Does nobody in a band have the decency to tell a member to their face that they're fired before airing it out online anymore? People need to stop being such bellends, y'know?
    evilracoon94
    I really hope they will atleast see those covers! (sic)!!!
    kramer242
    I'm sure they have. These covers have been posted all over metal sites. I wouldn't be surprised if it was a publicity stunt, to make them seem more sensitive about jordisons departure, and this guy was already hired to replace him.
    MetalRock4ever
    Krimh sounds awesome on the drums, may be a great replacement for Joey (hopefully, if the rest of the band let Krimh join, they let him play on stage during live performances). But seriously, he's a great drummer
    Random9000
    Am I the only one that thought ugh here we go. First with the delays on the album (for good reason), band mates saying crap about each other, now someone quitting or leaving or whatever. I JUST WANT NEW MUSIC!!!!!
    5t0rM
    Probably some label issues. Maybe the contracts for STM touring schedule and recording for Slipknot are not compatible or something like that, who the hell knows...
    MetalRock4ever
    If that was the reason, why couldn't Joey tell us? Joey said 'for legal reasons...' so it must be something a lot more serious than that. If it isn't a serious reason, they've wasted a lot of people's time who care about what's happened.
    Adrian89
    What a great drummer this man is. Don't know why nobody's talking about it.
    emorales2190
    seriously! i have been following Krimh for the past 7 years now, from covers to Decapitated. he is one of he best drummers in youtube.
    ledzep426
    This guy is excellent based on these videos. His arm movements during Eyeless actually reminded me of Dave Grohl's drumming style mixed with some Dave Lombardo (who would be a really good fit for Slipknot actually). But if Slipknot replaces Joey with a well known drummer then it might subtract from the band's overall message of being relatively anonymous.
    qotsa_aus
    That was epic drumming. So why can't we know what is going on? Surely it can't be that bad.
    jasonrauch
    Is it just me or does the last couple of live footage postings of slipknot playing show corey losing the control and that gravel edge on his voice somewhat?
    SkepsisMetal
    Well since this appears to have shocked him, while he didn't actually have any material written to contribute to the next album despite being the first member post-Paul Gray to say that Slipknot were continuing (with or without Corey), plus Corey suddenly becoming the spokesperson for the band again just reinforces my belief that it was a final clashing of egos over something petty. You don't even need to really read between the lines to see that he was fired in a Lombardo-esque way, it's just the reasons that are probably bound by legal liability and he just doesn't want to lose any more money by talking shit. Good on him.
    bit64
    Lechner sounds great.I don't like the story with Joey,though.
    m0y86
    This doesn't make any sense, I mean, it's impossible that he was fired and didn't notice, unless of course he didn't get the memo.
    XMetalChefX
    Well, I am sure we can all read between the lines here....Joey wanted to do work with STM, and they fired him. I bet this has something to do with Jim Root sitting out the Stone Sour tour in order to work on Slipknot material. I just have no idea what they are going to do about adding new people with the whole "image" thing, I mean, if the new bassist and drummer don;t have a mask...WTF???
    kramer242
    Joey jordison already had 40 tracks of material for slipknot. This guy has enought talent to cover more than 1 band.
    SPeety
    This is the Joey that I'm used to - always seeing Slipknot as family and never wanting to leave the "knot"... That's why I just couldn't comprehend the sudden departure. I'm really curious about what's going on over there, but since I can't imagine the outcome being Joey staying in Slipknot, I'm not really that hopeful about what's to come. Krimh for sure is a damn good drummer tho!
    kramer242
    I can't believe Taylor, that the band is not falling apart. Everybody except jordison has been pushing this album off. They finally decide to do this and Taylor is still too focused on stone sour. My guess is jordison voiced frustration and got cut out. They have lost probably their most talented member and are not falling apart. I'll believe it when I hear the album, especially knowing none of joeys writing is being used.
    kramer242
    In other news, after this album slipknot is in hiatus until stone sour calls it quits. I can see it already. I love Taylor, but feel he should concentrate more on this, considering he had nothing when slip knot picked him up and w/o slipknot there is no stone sour.
    Anjohl
    There's something so unmetal about "we can't talk about his departure for legal reasons".
    ndewalt12345678
    They will probably put in Roy Mayorga, the drummer from Stone Sour, Corey and Jim's other band. If he can play Stone Sour's music, then he should be able to play Slipknot's music. Other than that, Krimh would be the perfect candidate for the replacement of Joey Jordison.