Iowa metal band Slipknot have parted ways with drummer Joey Jordison, the band announced Thursday.
In a statement posted on the band's website, the group says in part, "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."
Slipknot, from Des Moines, caught worldwide attention after a self-titled album release in 1999, and is known for its nine members in masks and jumpsuits. Jordison was a major contributor to the band's writing process, and has been the group's drummer since forming in 1995. The announcement comes to a surprise to many fans as the band members have been working on a new album, reportedly due for a 2014 release.
This comes just three years after the band and fans were shocked by the death of founding bassist and contributing writer Paul Gray. The band has continued to tour overseas and has also played in Iowa since that time, even headlining their own "Knotfest" in Iowa and Minnesota.
Beyond Slipknot, Joey Jordison also plays drums in a side-project called Scar the Martyr (the band released an album this year), and has also filled in for Rob Zombie, Korn, and Metallica.
You can read the full statement on Joey Jordison's departure from Slipknot here. Click here to see Joey Jordison in Slipknot.
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