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Joey Jordison

After 18 years with Slipknot, 38-year-old heavy metal drummer, Joey Jordison, has left the building band.

In April 2013, Jordison began committing time to a new project, Scar The Martyr, whose self-titled debut album sold around 3,300 copies in the United States in its first week of release (October 1, 2013), landing it the #129 position on The Billboard 200 chart. The band, which has been touring the last few months, consists of guitarists Jed Simon and Kris Norris, bassist Kyle Konkiel, keyboardist Joey Blush and singer Henry Derek.

Earlier this year, Slipknot suggested that they would be returning with a new album, their first since the death of the band's bassist, Paul Gray. The long awaited fifth album will be the band's first since their 2008 release, All Hope Is Gone, and first since the 2010 death of bassist, Paul Gray.

In a statement, posted December 12, 2013, Slipknot confirms Jordison's departure:

To our Maggots and fans around the world,

It is with great pain but quiet respect, that for personal reasons Joey Jordison and Slipknot are parting ways. We all wish Joey the best in whatever his future holds. We understand that many of you will want to know how and why this has come to be, and we will do our best to respond to these questions in the near future. It is our love for all of you, as well as for the music we create, that spurs us to continue on and move forward with our plans for releasing new material in the next year. We hope that all of you will come to understand this, and we appreciate your continued support while we plan the next phase of the future of Slipknot.

Thank you,
The ‘Knot

Well ... it appears the above quote is not the complete story or the full truth.

Here is a statement released on January 2, 2014 by Joey Jordison:

To my fans, friends, and associates… I would like to start the New Year by addressing the recent rumours and speculation regarding my departure from Slipknot. 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.

Jordison’s announcement tells a very different story in comparison to Slipknot's original announcement of his departure which said that Joey and band were parting ways “for personal reasons.” Slipknot's statement implies that Jordison leaving Slipknot was his own choice. Slipknot fans began to question the REAL reason behind Jordison's departure after hearing Slipknot frontman, Corey Taylor, made a strange comment about the situation in a recent radio interview, saying: "Legally and respectfully, I can’t say a lot about it. We’re trying to protect him, protect us — just making sure we do everything right."

Ahhh, the music business. Confused Stay tuned for more drama ... we're sure!