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.