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Joey Jordison – a loss to the Metal community.

Sadly, today marks the passing of benchmark performer, drummer, and songwriter Joey Jordison. Founding member of Slipknot, and later Murderdolls, he was rated by his drumming peers as one of the greats. From a fan’s perspective, he had a singular power and precision, and even from behind the kit he had a hold on the audience, a true stage-prescence. Rarely have bass drums thumped so hard through the chest, the mask only hid the gentle beast within. It doesn’t seem real that he and his indisputable talent has been taken from us at such a young age.

It’s not difficult to see why he was held in awe by other rock and metal drummers, his style was always frenetic, always leading the bass; and his kicking was as fast and accurate as anyone. If not even faster. But he was also surprisingly capable and dextrous with dynamics and feel too, check out his work on “Eyeless” if for some reason you’re not already familiar. Indeed, his prowess led to him being the voted the Drummies award for 2010, an award shared by only the upper echelons of the craft. He worked amazingly hard on his technique, and played countless sessions for other artists to keep fresh and “on point”, his place though, was on the stage. Keeping a tight rein on the rhythm and still riffing off the other band members, making it spectacular and even playful by turns (Psychosocial at Rock am Ring 2009 is a great example). He battled a spinal condition through the late 2010’s, at the worst of the condition he nearly lost the use of his left leg, but this is not thought to have contributed to his death. It has been reported he died peacefully in his sleep at his family’s home.

The following statement has been released by his family;

“Joey’s death has left us with empty hearts and feelings of indescribable sorrow,” to those that knew Joey, understood his quick wit, his gentle personality, giant heart, and his love for all things family and music. The family of Joey have asked that friends, fans, and media understandably respect our need for privacy and peace at this incredibly difficult time.” The family intends to hold a private funeral service.

Joey Jordison 1975 – 2021 RIP

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