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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    Kerry King must be managing them.
    Both Dave and Joey had played for Metallica for once.Guess who's in charge now xD
    Nice drumming
    He was Behemoth drummer while Inferno was recovering after surgery. He is very good if he can replace him.
    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.
    4) Joey Jordison's Christmas Special, just like Brian Griffin's return
    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
    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.'
    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
    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.
    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.
    Exactly! Jim wasn't the original #4 either, that was Josh. Josh is even on the cover of their first album!
    Stop Bullshiting Fans With Drama , Give it to us straight!
    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!
    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
    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
    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.
    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! "
    I really hope they will atleast see those covers! (sic)!!!
    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.
    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
    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?
    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!!!!!
    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...
    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.
    What a great drummer this man is. Don't know why nobody's talking about it.
    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.