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Jordison in 2012
Background information
Birth nameNathan Jonas Jordison
Also known as
  • #1
  • Superball [1]
Born (1975-04-26) April 26, 1975 (age 44)
Des Moines, Iowa, U.S.
  • Musician
  • songwriter
  • record producer
  • multi-instrumentalist
  • Drums
  • guitar
  • bass
  • backing vocals
  • percussion
Years active1991–present
Associated acts

Nathan Jonas "Joey" Jordison (born April 26, 1975), is an American musician, songwriter, record producer and multi-instrumentalist, best known for his work as the former drummer and co-songwriter for the American heavy metal band Slipknot as well as guitarist in the American horror punk band Murderdolls. Jordison played in Slipknot since their formation in 1995 until his departure from the band in December 2013. He was the drummer and founder of the American heavy metal band Scar the Martyr which formed in 2013 and disbanded in 2016. He grew up in Waukee, Iowa with his parents and two sisters, and was given his first drum kit at the age of 8. He performed in several bands until joining in the summer of 1995 with the group The Pale Ones, which would later change their name to Slipknot. Of Slipknot's nine-member lineup which lasted from 1999–2010, Joey was the third to join the band.

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Slipknot (band) American heavy metal band

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With Slipknot, Jordison performed on four studio albums, and produced the live album 9.0: Live . Outside his major projects, Jordison has performed with other heavy metal groups such as Rob Zombie, Metallica, Korn, Ministry, Otep and Satyricon. Jordison is also known for his session work which includes performances on many albums for many different artists. Jordison uses several drum brands including Pearl and ddrum.

<i>9.0: Live</i> 2005 live album by Slipknot

9.0: Live is the first live album by American heavy metal band Slipknot. The band recorded the two-disc album during a 2004–05 world tour that promoted their third studio album Vol. 3: . Released by Roadrunner Records on November 1, 2005, 9.0: Live features tracks from Slipknot's first three studio albums: Slipknot, Iowa, and Vol. 3: . Many of the included tracks are rarely played live; "Skin Ticket" from the album Iowa was its first live performance. 9.0: Live peaked in the top twenty in album sales for Austria and the United States, and was certified gold in the United States. Critical reception was generally positive, with Adrien Begrand of PopMatters calling it a "very worthy live album".

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He currently plays with the band Sinsaenum


Early life

Jordison was born in Des Moines, Iowa on April 26, 1975, to Steve and Jackie Jordison. He has two younger sisters. [2] He grew up in a rural area outside of Waukee where he used to play basketball on the street in front of his house. He embraced music at an early age, which he attributes to his parents' influence: "They always sat me down in front of the radio, rather than the TV." [2] He played guitar until receiving his first drum kit as a gift from his parents at age eight, and started his first band while in elementary school. [3]

Des Moines, Iowa Capital of Iowa

Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. state of Iowa. It is also the county seat of Polk County. A small part of the city extends into Warren County. It was incorporated on September 22, 1851, as Fort Des Moines, which was shortened to "Des Moines" in 1857. It is on and named after the Des Moines River, which likely was adapted from the early French name, Rivière des Moines, meaning "River of the Monks". The city's population was 216,853 as of the 2018 population estimate. The five-county metropolitan area is ranked 89th in terms of population in the United States with 655,409 residents according to the 2018 estimate by the United States Census Bureau, and is the largest metropolitan area fully located within the state. A portion of the larger Omaha, Nebraska metropolitan area extends into three counties of southwest Iowa.

Waukee, Iowa City in Iowa, United States

Waukee is a city in Dallas County, Iowa, United States. The population was 13,790 at the 2010 U.S. Census; a fast growth has been measured since as it is estimated there were 19,284 people living in Waukee in 2016. It is part of the Des Moines – West Des Moines Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Jordison's parents divorced when he was young. The children stayed with their mother. [4] His mother remarried and set up a funeral parlor where Jordison would occasionally help. Jordison has stated that he felt a sudden responsibility to be the man of the house. During this time, he formed the band Modifidious, in which he played drums. He later described them as "total speed-metal thrash". [5] The band helped Jordison break new ground, playing live as support to local bands including Atomic Opera, featuring Jim Root, and Heads on the Wall, featuring Shawn Crahan. [6] He also played at a bowling center his family owned, on a night called "Rock and Roll Bowl". After a multitude of lineup changes – including Craig Jones and Josh Brainard, who would reappear in Slipknot – the band released two demos in 1993: Visceral and Mud Fuchia. [6] [7]

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Shawn Crahan American musician

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Jordison cites Keith Moon, John Bonham, Peter Criss, Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich as his main influences, [8] and said, "I grew up listening to Mötley Crüe's Too Fast for Love and Shout at the Devil ." [9]

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John Bonham English rock musician

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After leaving school, Jordison was hired by a local music store called Musicland. In March 1994, after a recommendation from his new friend, he got a job at a Sinclair garage in Urbandale. Jordison worked the night shift, which he preferred, as it left his weekends free and allowed him to spend time with his friends and listen to music while working. [10] In early 1995, Modifidious disbanded because of a shift in interest from thrash metal to death metal in America. Following this Jordison joined a local band called The Rejects as a guitarist, with whom he only played a couple of shows. Jordison was also involved in a band with Paul Gray and vocalist Don Decker, named Anal Blast. [11] Gray also attempted to recruit him for another band, Body Pit, but he declined the invitation to remain in The Rejects. During the forming period of Slipknot, Paul recruited Joey to join a punk band called the Have Nots in the Spring of 1996. Joey would leave the Have Nots in February 1997 to "focus on Slipknot" but instead reformed the Rejects which would play Des Moines up until Slipknot left to record Slipknot's self-titled album which Paul played in after the Have Nots broke up. [12]

The Musicland Group, Inc. was an entertainment company which ran Musicland, Sam Goody, Suncoast Motion Picture Company, OnCue, and the Media Play Superstore Chains. The Musicland Group was purchased by Best Buy in 2001 at the height of Musicland's success, which ultimately led to its demise. Jack Eugster was The Chief Executive Officer of The Musicland Group, from 1980, until February 2001. Its headquarters were in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Urbandale, Iowa City in Iowa, United States

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On June 13, 2016, Jordison revealed that he suffers from transverse myelitis, a neurological disease which temporarily cost him the use of his legs and caused him to be unable to play the drums before rehabilitation. [13]



Joey Jordison performing with Slipknot at 2008's Mayhem Festival. Joey Jordison at Mayhem.jpg
Joey Jordison performing with Slipknot at 2008's Mayhem Festival.

On November 28, 1995, Mark Anthony Cadavos approached Jordison while he was working, offering him a position in a new project called The Pale Ones. [11] Intrigued and at a point where he was "lost", [14] Jordison attended rehearsals at Anders Colsefni's basement and immediately wanted to be part of this new band. Speaking of this moment he said, "I remember trying so hard not to smile, so I didn't look like I wanted to join, I remained poker-faced, but I thought they ruled." [15] A lot of Slipknot's early development was discussed by band members while Jordison worked night shifts at Sinclair's garage. [16] Of the eventual nine members, Joey was the third to join the band. Slipknot would become pioneers to the New Wave of American Heavy Metal. [17] [18] Jordison is accompanied by two custom percussionists, [19] giving their music a feel that Rolling Stone touted as "suffocating". [20]

Each member of Slipknot is assigned a number; Joey was assigned "#1". [21] Joey has produced one album with Slipknot: 2005 live album 9.0: Live . [22] In August 2008, Jordison broke his ankle and Slipknot had to cancel some of its English tour dates. [23] On August 22, 2009, Jordison was taken to the emergency room for a burst appendix, less than an hour before he was to take the stage for Auburn, Washington's KISW Pain in the Grass concert. [24] [25] As a result, Slipknot canceled following shows in August and September, to give Jordison time to recover. [26]

On December 12, 2013, Slipknot announced through their official website that Jordison had left the band, citing personal reasons for his departure. [27] In response, Jordison released a statement insisting that he had in fact been fired from the band and stated that Slipknot "has been my life for the last 18 years, and I would never abandon it, or my fans". [28]

After years of both sides being silent and evasive as to the reasons of him leaving the band, Jordison revealed in June 2016 that he suffered from transverse myelitis, a neurological disease which cost him the ability to play the drums toward the end of his time with Slipknot. [13]


Jordison (unmasked) in 2008. JoeyJordison.jpg
Jordison (unmasked) in 2008.

While touring Ozzfest in 2001 to support Slipknot's studio album Iowa , Jordison met Tripp Eisen, then of Static-X; the two discussed forming a side project. [29] In 2002, Jordison revived his band The Rejects, renaming them the Murderdolls. [30] Jordison became the Murderdoll's guitarist, and he recruited Wednesday 13 of Frankenstein Drag Queens from Planet 13 to play bass. Wednesday eventually became a vocalist, while drummer Ben Graves and bassist Eric Griffin completed the band's lineup. [31] Murderdolls signed with Roadrunner Records and released an EP entitled Right to Remain Violent in 2002. The band returned in August 2002 with their debut album Beyond the Valley of the Murderdolls . [32] The band uses horror films, including Friday the 13th and Night of the Living Dead , as an inspiration for their lyrics. [33] On October 30, 2002, the Murderdolls made an appearance on an episode of Dawson's Creek entitled "Living Dead Girl". [34] The band reunited in 2010 with only Jordison and Wednesday 13 remaining from the original line-up. [35] The band release their second studio album Women & Children Last on August 31, 2010. [36] The band embarked on the extensive Women & Children Last World Tour performing shows alongside many notable acts such as Guns N' Roses and performing around the world. The tour was sparked with many problems including the cancellation of many shows and repeated incidents of Jordison storming off stage, most notably in Bordeaux, France (attributed to extreme tinnitus [37] ) and Perth, Western Australia. The tour finished on April 24, 2011. This was considered to be the band's last outing as Wednesday 13 confirmed the band's split in an interview in March 2013.

Scar the Martyr

In April 2013 details emerged of a new band featuring Jordison, Jed Simon and Kris Norris. Little else was released except that Jordison had performed most instruments in this project and that Chris Vrenna and an unknown vocalist were to complete keyboard and vocal work, respectively. On June 21 the band was named Scar the Martyr and the vocalist named as Henry Derek. On May 5, 2016, Jordison announced that the project had been disbanded. [38]


On May 5, 2016 Joey Jordison announced in an interview on Sirius XM that he has launched a new band called Vimic. [38]


On May 20, 2016 Joey Jordison announced a new extreme metal band duel fronted by Mayhem and Sunn O)))'s Attila Csihar along with Dååth and former Chimaira keyboardist Sean Zatorsky. It also includes Jordison on drum duties, DragonForce bassist Frédéric Leclercq on guitar, Stéphane Buriez from Loudblast on guitar and Seth's Heimoth on bass. They announced the launch of their debut album 'Echoes Of The Tortured' on July 29, and released their first single 'Army Of Chaos' on earMUSIC's YouTube channel. [39] The second album, called 'Repulsion for Humanity', is released on August 10, 2018.


Jordison endorses Pearl drums, hardware, rack system, pedals and percussion, Paiste cymbals, Remo drumheads, Pro-Mark drumsticks, ddrum triggers and Roland electronics. [40]


In an interview (at the beginning of January 2018, published in the March 2018 edition of Rhythm Magazine) Joey talks about suffering from acute transverse myelitis with symptoms starting in 2010, but not being diagnosed for a long time. This progressed to the loss of use of his left leg. He has recovered fully with the aid of medical help and intensive work in the gym. [41]

Other projects

Remixing and performances

In 2001, Jordison worked on a remix of "The Fight Song" by Marilyn Manson. [42] Jordison also appeared in the music video for Manson's cover of "Tainted Love." [43] Later in the year, Manson revealed that Jordison had been working with him on his album The Golden Age of Grotesque . Jordison had in fact worked on guitars but the track did not appear on the album. [43] In 2004, Jordison appeared on OTEP's album House of Secrets , drumming on six tracks for the album. [44] In 2008, Jordison appeared on Puscifer's album "V" is for Viagra. The Remixes , with a remix of the track "Drunk With Power." [45] In 2010, Jordison recorded four additional songs with Rob Zombie for the re-release of his latest album Hellbilly Deluxe 2 . [46]

On tour

Jordison has performed with other bands, solely as a touring member. While preparing for the Download Festival in 2004, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich was hospitalized for an unknown illness. [47] Metallica's vocalist James Hetfield searched amongst other bands performing at the festival to find a replacement for Ulrich; Jordison, Flemming Larsen (Ulrich's drum technician) and Dave Lombardo of Slayer volunteered. Jordison performed on 8 of the 13 songs that made up the set and was called the band's "hero of the day". [48] In late 2004, Jordison performed with Satyricon on their tour of the United States when drummer Frost was refused entry into the country. [49] The tour was cut short after guitarists Steinar Gundersen and Arnt Gronbech—who were also only touring members—were charged with sexually assaulting a fan in Toronto. [50] In 2006, Jordison joined Ministry for their "MasterBaTour 2006" which consisted of sixty dates across the United States and Canada. [51] He also appeared in the music video for their single "Lies Lies Lies". [52] Korn recruited Jordison in 2007 to join them on tour when drummer David Silveria went on hiatus from the band. [53] He also appeared in the music video for their single "Evolution". While touring with Korn, Jordison set a record by becoming the first musician ever to perform on five different occasions at the Download Festival in England. [54] Jordison also began touring with Rob Zombie after Tommy Clufetos withdrew from the band. Although the position was initially only meant for a couple of months, Jordison stayed with the band for almost a year until the culmination of Zombie's Australian tour when he announced that he would be leaving to focus his time on the Murderdolls and Slipknot.


In August 2004, Jordison became involved in Roadrunner United, a celebration of Roadrunner Records ' 25th anniversary. As one of four "team captains" who wrote and produced material for the album, [55] Jordison said of the experience, "I thought it was a great idea and was really excited about it, because it was a chance to work with a lot of artists that I really respected while I was growing up." [56] In 2007, 3 Inches of Blood recruited Jordison to produce their album Fire Up the Blades . Jordison is a fan of the band and when he heard that Roadrunner wanted to have some demos produced he said; "I was the first one to jump at it, I'm like; 'I want this fucking band'." [57] From these demos the label commissioned a record. Vocalist Jamie Hopper said of Jordison, "he's an amazing producer". [58]

Awards and recognition

In August 2010 Jordison was voted the best drummer of the previous 25 years by readers of Rhythm magazine, ahead of drummers such as Mike Portnoy, Neil Peart, Phil Collins, and Dave Grohl. When asked to comment he stated "I'm at a loss for words. This is beyond unbelievable. Something like this reminds me every day why I continue to do this." [59] [60]

As voted on by 6,500 drummers worldwide, Jordison won the Drummies Award for Best Metal drummer in 2010, while Mike Portnoy won the award for Best Progressive Rock drummer. [61]

In September 2013 Jordison was named the world's greatest metal drummer by readers of Loudwire. [62]

On 2016 Jordison was honored with The Golden God Award at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards. [63]


With Modifidious
With The Have Nots
With Slipknot
With Murderdolls
With Roadrunner United
With The Rejects
With Scar the Martyr
With Vimic

With Sinsaenum

2001 Marilyn Manson The Fight Song (Single)"The Fight Song" (Slipknot Remix)Remixing [78]
2003 Deicide The Best of Deicide Liner notes [79]
2004 Otep House of Secrets "Warhead", "Buried Alive", "Sepsis", "Hooks & Splinters", "Nein", "Self-Made"Drums [80]
2005 Necrophagia Harvest Ritual Volume I"Stitch Her Further"Vocals, lyrics [81]
2007 3 Inches Of Blood Fire Up the Blades Production, arrangement, writing, percussion [82]
2008 Puscifer "V" Is for Viagra. The Remixes "Drunk With Power" (Hungover And Hostile In Hannover Mix)Remixing [83]
2010 Rob Zombie Hellbilly Deluxe 2 (Reissue)"Devil's Hole Girls and the Big Revolution", "Everything Is Boring", "Michael"Drums [84]
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


1999 Welcome to Our Neighborhood Self Thomas Mignone [85]
2001We Sold Our Souls for Rock 'n Roll Penelope Spheeris [87]
2002 Rollerball John McTiernan [89]
Dawson's Creek ("Living Dead Girl" episode)Les Sheldon [91]
Disasterpieces Matthew Amos [92]
2005 Metal: A Headbanger's Journey Sam Dunn [94]
2006 Voliminal: Inside the Nine Shawn Crahan [96]
2008Roadrunner United: The Concert DVDTodd Bell and Nicholas Kleczewski [98]
2009Of the (sic): Your Nightmares, Our DreamsShawn Crahan [99]
2010 (sic)nesses Shawn Crahan
2011 GOAT Shawn Crahan

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Preceded by
Shawn "Clown" Crahan
Slipknot drummer
Succeeded by
Jay Weinberg