Joey Jordison, co-founder of American band Slipknot and one of the most important drummers in the metal scene, died Monday at the age of 46, his family said in a statement on Tuesday. A representative of his relatives said he was dead “in peace, in his sleep“, without specifying the causes of death. Joey Jordison had suffered from a neurological disease for several years.
Jordison, one of the three co-founders of Slipknot, had contributed to the notoriety in the years 2000 of this group composed of nine musicians. Renowned for their horror masks and warmer suits as stage costumes, they had emerged on the metal scene in the mid-1990s with an even more aggressive sound that had become a commercial hit and influenced future generations.
Behind the onstage pantomimes and escapades was a technically mastered band, propelled by Joey Jordison’s high-speed drums and relentless beats as well as his talents for writing some of the band’s best-known songs.
Slipknot worked with legendary producer Rick Rubin for his third album and won his first Grammy in 2006. But drum virtuoso Jordison had his individual moment of glory when he was voted best drummer of the past 25 years by readers. of the magazine Rhythm, dedicated to drums, in 2010.
He left Slipknot under tense circumstances in 2013, accusing the group of firing him. He was later revealed to have a neurological disease, transverse myelitis, which affected his ability to play the drums.
In recent interviews, he claimed to have been able to return to the drums thanks to intense physical therapy. His side projects included Murderdolls, Scar the Martyr, Vimic and Sinsaenum and he also played live drums for many major metal bands like Metallica, Korn and Rob Zombie.
Metallica paid tribute to Jordison, posting a photo of the drummer on their Facebook page with the words “Rest in peace, brother“.
Other great metal musicians also posted tributes to Jordison, highlighting his technique and the influence he had on their own bands. “Joey’s contributions to music changed the face of heavy music on the planet“Trivium lead musician Matt Heafy wrote.
“An absolute game-changer not only for drums, but for metal music as a wholepopular metal YouTuber Nik Nocturnal added.
Jordison’s former Slipknot comrades Corey Taylor and Shawn Crahan both posted black squares to their Twitter accounts after news of the drummer’s death was announced.