Slipknot's Joey Jordison Talks New Band: 'I Can't Stay Put'

Drummer discusses formation of Scar the Martyr as the band prepares for October debut release.

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Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison took some time to discuss his latest ongoing project Scar the Martyr as the band is preparing for October 1 debut record release.

During an Artisan News interview, Jordison explained that while on the road with Slipknot, he realized the band is looking to take "a little bit more time off."

He continued, "Knowing me, I can't just sit around or just stay put. So I started looking to put a band together."

Singer Henry Derek chipped in about the differences between Joey's writing style and his own work routine, admitting he was uncertain of whether it would work in the beginning.

"I didn't know how it was gonna work because our styles are very different," the vocalist said. "I'm a guitar player as well, but my songwriting style is more like melodic chords, where Joey's riffs are really bottom heavy. Obviously, it really logs in with the drums.

"I was a little nervous about that," Derek continued. "But I wanted to accept the challenge, I was definitely prepared for it. We just took the natural approach," he concluded.

Apart from Jordison and Derek, the band also features former Strapping Young Lad axeman Jed Simon, Kris Norris (ex-Darkest Hour) on second guitar, Kyle Konkiel on bass and Chris Vrenna (Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson) handling the keyboards.

The group's eponymous debut was previously announced with "Blood Host" single. As far as live shows are concerned, Scar the Martyr currently have a set of over 10 North American performances with Danzig ahead of them, keeping the band busy throughout August.

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    Korn meets slipknot?
    Good way of putting it I agree. Have to say I'm really digging the sound. Looking forward to the release!
    logs in with the drums? Must be some kind of American expression, in the UK we say locks in the with drums!
    Liking what I'm hearing so far, good stuff. Korn meets Slipknot, yeah I'm hearing that too.
    Kinda wish he'd release another Murderdolls album instead. But this can be interesting as well.
    Funny because this is better than both Slipknot or Korn currently.
    Let's see Korn's album... Never Never was pretty rubbish for their standard, I'll give u tht. Tho Love and Meth sounds good.
    Sceptical at first, because of my dislike for Murderdolls, but gotta say this was very good!
    Only thing where Murderdolls beats this tune is the length. It's a little bit too repetitive imo. But it's still a damn decent song
    It has its moments.. but it's way too long and repetitive. The vocalist is alright when he's not trying to sound like the Five Finger Death Punch guy.. but god... I hate that guitar tone so much, particularly the palm muting. ugh.
    I had very low expectations when I heard about this, but I have to say, That definitely exceeded them. That was damn decent.
    Everyone's naming all the "nu-metal" bands except the one this song sounds the most like: Mushroomhead. His clean vocals remind me a little of Jay Gordon from Orgy as well. Either way, great song. Can't wait to see them and Danzig!
    Ste Ramakers
    This leaves me reminiscing of my old school days with early Slipknot, Korn, Coal Chamber, and the Queen of the Damned soundtrack! I don't dislike it. and dare I say it....Drowning Pool and Adema.....
    I hope if this band continues that Joey doesn't stay the sole composer, I'm sure at least Jed Simon picked some up some killer writing techniques and ideas from his time with Devin in SYL and his solo work
    aureliusgtr friendly "metal"....and i was just thinking to myself, we need at least another dozen bands that sound alike....
    theres no such thing as radio friendly metal. can't have the 12yrolds getting nightmares now can we?
    thats why i had metal in implying that this is recycled crap being repackaged and sold to the masses as "metal"