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04 Jun

Slipknot's Joey Jordison Opens Up About New Project

The word “downtime” simply doesn’t exist for Joey Jordison.  As if being a prominent member of today’s biggest metal band- the Grammy Award winning and multiplatinum album selling, Slipknot- didn’t take up enough of his time, Joey Jordison has created another new musical outlet that has stirred up an impeccable amount of intrigue, buzz, and anticipation amongst his massive fan following.  These days, Joey has been spending the majority of his days locked in the studio, with the exception of Slipknot’s one-off performance headlining the inaugural Ozzfest Japan, writing and recording for this new, yet-to-be-named, project, offering only the slightest of hints towards what to expect, and in return becoming one of the hottest topics talked about in the metal community.  When asked about this new endeavor in a recent interview, Joey Jordison had the following to say about the musical direction it’s heading in and the overall process of it all:

 “I’d been working on new Slipknot material since the end of the ‘All Hope Is Gone’ tour cycle but I ended up with so much stuff I had to take a step back and stop working on it. The time wasn’t right. But I came up with a bunch of material that was really killer and heavy and started taking some of it in a different direction.

I started focusing on a lot of the post-punk and industrial stuff that I’ve always loved and started putting super heavy and brutal guitars over the top of it. That’s how it started. It’s taken me a couple of years to get to this point, but I can honestly say this is the most satisfied I’ve ever been in the studio. I can’t wait for everyone to hear this ****!”

Throughout the recording and writing process for this highly anticipated new project, Joey turned to the sound and design of the Reference Pure line of drums- the thin-shelled version of Pearl’s highly innovative Reference Series line.  Like in the Reference Series, each size drum in the Reference Pure drums carry their own unique characteristics- varying bearing edges and different wood combinations- but with thinner plies of each wood which allows for a more open and resonant tone that is ideal for recording.  With that in mind, Joey made every metal drummer’s dream a reality, constructing a monstrous 4-up-2-down drum setup that rivals those seen sitting center stage with Slipknot.   Joey’s in-studio specs are as follow:

Reference Pure:
Piano Black (103)

22x18 bass drum x2
8x7 tom
10x8 tom
12x8 tom
13x10 tom
16x16 floor tom
18x16 floor tom
20x14 gong drum
14x6.5 Reference Pure snare drum
13x6.5 Reference Pure snare drum

To keep up with Joey’s upcoming whereabouts and to follow the band’s latest teasers, updates, and future tour dates, please be sure to visit Joey Jordison’s official Facebook page,   For the latest news in the world of Slipknot, please be sure to visit their official website at