Joey Jordison, the drummer and founding member of Slipknot has left the band for “personal reasons” according a message on Slipknot’s official website. The statement reads:

“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.”

The announcement came unexpectedly to fans as Slipknot had claimed to be writing a follow up album to 2008‘s All Hope is Gone. This is the second line up change for the band in recent years. In 2010 original bassist Paul Grey tragically passed away, before that the line up hadn’t changed for over 14 years. Jordison is currently touring the UK with Scar The Martyr.

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