Joey Jordison

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Joey Jordison
Jordison c. 2008
Jordison c. 2008
Background information
Birth nameNathan Jonas Jordison
Also known as#1, Superball
Born(1975-04-26)April 26, 1975
Des Moines, Iowa, U.S.
DiedJuly 26, 2021(2021-07-26) (aged 46)
Des Moines, Iowa, U.S.
  • Musician
  • songwriter
  • Drums
  • percussion
  • guitar
Years active
  • 1991–2021
Formerly of

Nathan Jonas Jordison (April 26, 1975 – July 26, 2021) was an American musician. He was the original drummer of the nu-metal band Slipknot, in which he was designated #1, and the guitarist of the horror punk supergroup Murderdolls.[1][2]

Jordison grew up in Des Moines, Iowa, with his parents and two sisters, and was given his first drum kit at the age of 8. He performed with many bands early in his career; then in 1995, he joined a band called the Pale Ones, which would later change their name and become Slipknot. Jordison played in Slipknot since its inception in 1995, until his departure in December of 2013. Of Slipknot's longest-standing lineup, Joey was the third to join the band. He was also the drummer and founder of Scar the Martyr, which formed in 2013 and disbanded in 2016.

With Slipknot, Jordison performed on the band's first four studio albums, and produced the 2005 live album 9.0: Live. Outside his major projects, Jordison performed with various other acts such as Rob Zombie, Metallica, KoЯn, Ministry, Otep, and Satyricon. Jordison was also known for his session work, which included performances on various recordings for many artists. Jordison used several drum brands including Pearl, and ddrum. At the time of his death, Jordison was playing in the blackened death metal supergroup Sinsaenum.

Early life[edit]

Jordison was born in Des Moines, Iowa, on April 26, 1975, to Steve and Jackie Jordison. He had two younger sisters.[3] 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."[3] 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.[4]

Jordison's parents divorced when he was young. The children stayed with their mother.[5] His mother remarried and set up a funeral parlor where Jordison would occasionally help. Jordison 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".[6] 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.[7] He also played at a bowling center his family owned call Bowlerama, on a night called "Rock 'n' Roll Bowl".[8] 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.[7][9]

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 future bandmate 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, Gray recruited Jordison to join a punk rock band called the Have Nots in the Spring of 1996. Jordison 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 their 1999 self-titled debut album, which Gray played in after the Have Nots broke up.[12]



Jordison (top) with Slipknot in 2012

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",[13] 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."[14] A lot of Slipknot's early development was discussed by band members while Jordison worked night shifts at Sinclair's garage.[15][16] Of the eventual nine members, Joey was the third to join the band. Slipknot would become pioneers to the new wave of American nu-metal.[17][18] Jordison was 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 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.

On December 12, 2013, Slipknot announced through their official website that Jordison had left the band, citing personal reasons for his departure.[26] 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".[27]

After years of both sides being silent and evasive as to the reasons for his leaving the band, Jordison revealed in June 2016 that he suffered from transverse myelitis, a neurological disease that cost him the ability to play the drums toward the end of his time with Slipknot.[28]

It was believed the entirety of the band cut ties with Jordison, having heard nothing from the band or management since he was fired from the band, however, later it was revealed Sid Wilson, one of the bands DJs, remained in contact with Jordison, however wishes he had have stayed closer than he had.


Jordison playing guitar with Murderdolls, Melbourne, 2011

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 Murderdolls' 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 released 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 plagued 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.[citation needed]

Scar the Martyr[edit]

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, Jordison announced in an interview on Sirius XM that he had launched a new band called Vimic.[38] In an interview with Wall of Sound in 2018, Jordison explained Vimic was "still 100% active".[39]


On May 20, 2016, Jordison announced a new extreme metal band Sinsaenum, dual fronted by vocalist Attila Csihar (of Mayhem and Sunn O)))) along with keyboardist Sean Zitarsky (of Chimaira and Dååth). The band also included Jordison on drum duties, DragonForce bassist Frédéric Leclercq on guitar, Stéphane Buriez from Loudblast on guitar, and Heimoth from the band Seth 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.[40] The second album, called Repulsion for Humanity, was released on August 10, 2018.[41]

Other projects[edit]

Remixing and performances[edit]

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[edit]

Jordison performed with other bands, solely as a touring member. While preparing for the Download Festival in 2004, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich was rushed to the hospital after having an anxiety seizure and was unable to perform.[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 became the first musician to perform on five 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.[citation needed]


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 was 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]


Jordison cited Keith Moon of the Who, John Bonham of Led Zeppelin, Gene Krupa, and Buddy Rich as his main influences.[59] He said, "I grew up listening to Mötley Crüe's Too Fast for Love and Shout at the Devil."[60] He described Lars Ulrich (of Metallica), Charlie Benante (of Anthrax), and Dave Lombardo (formerly of Slayer) as having a considerable influence on his drumming.[59] Jordison also held Dale Crover of Melvins in high esteem.[59]


Jordison used Pearl drums, hardware, rack system, pedals and percussion, Paiste cymbals, Remo Drumheads,[61] Promark drumsticks, ddrum triggers and Roland electronics.[62]

Jordison's final recorded kit consisted of a Black wrapped Pearl Reference drum kit with 8, 10, 12 and 13 inch tom drums, 16 and 18 inch floor toms, 14 inch snare, and twin 22 inch kick drums. His cymbal setup consisted of Paiste Signature cymbals, and twin Pearl P3000D Demon Direct Drive pedals (or a P3002D Double pedal for smaller gigs). Jordison was a long time user of Remo drumheads, he used Emperor clears as batters on all tom drums, Ambassador clears as resonants of all drums, and ControlSound X batter heads on his snare and kick drums, with custom kick resonant heads. At the end of his career he was using Pro-Mark 747 drumsticks, however would occasionally use his Pro-Mark 'bloodline' TX515W sticks, which contain samples of his blood.

(Jordison used Orange County Drum and Percussion from 1998 through 2002, Zildjian Cymbals in 1999 and Sabian Cymbals from 1999 until 2001)

When playing with Murderdolls, Jordison played an Alpine White Gibson Les Paul Custom, a specification of guitar of which was made iconic by late Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Randy Rhoads.

Illness and death[edit]

In a 2017 Metal Hammer interview, Jordison talked about suffering from acute transverse myelitis.[28] Its symptoms started in 2010 while touring with Murderdolls, but the disease was diagnosed long after.[59] This progressed to the loss of the use of his left leg.[62] The neurological disease had cost him the use of his legs and caused him to be unable to play the drums before rehabilitation.[28][59] He recovered with the aid of medical help and physical therapy, with his trainer Caleb.[59]

Jordison died in his sleep on July 26, 2021, at the age of 46, as stated by his family the next day.[63][64] Later recordings of a 911 call from Jordison's ex-girlfriend, Amanda Victoria, were released, reporting a foul odor upon entering the garage of Jordison's home and that neither she nor Jordison's family had heard from him in days. Jordison was declared dead at the scene. Jordison was buried in Highland Memory Gardens Cemetery in Des Moines, Iowa, just a short distance from fellow Slipknot founding member and bassist, Paul Gray.


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, and Phil Collins. 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."[65][66]

As voted on by 6,500 drummers worldwide, Jordison won the Drummies Award for Best Metal drummer in 2010.[67]

In September 2013 Jordison was named the world's greatest metal drummer by readers of Loudwire.[68]

In 2016 Jordison was honored with The Golden God Award at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards.[69]

Following Jordison’s death in 2021; multiple tributes went public from musicians such as: Mike Portnoy, Alex Skolnick of Testament, Fred Durst of Limp Bizkit, Dave Lombardo, Lars Ulrich, Ben Thatcher of Royal Blood, and multiple others. Since his death, Jordison is often cited as one of the greatest heavy metal drummers of all time.[70]

In 2022 Slipknot dedicated their seventh studio album The End, So Far in memory of Jordison. [71] [72]


with Modifidious[edit]

  • Drown (1993)
  • Submitting to Detriment (1993)
  • Visceral (1993)
  • Mud Fuchia (1994)
  • Sprawl (1994)

with the Have Nots[edit]

  • Forgetting Yesterday and Beating You with Kindness (1996)[73]

with Slipknot[edit]

with Murderdolls[edit]

with Roadrunner United[edit]

with the Rejects[edit]

  • Love Songs for People Who Hate (2012)[84]
  • Strung Out, Pissed Off and Ready To Die (2014)[85]

with Scar the Martyr[edit]

with Sinsaenum[edit]

  • Sinsaenum (EP) (2016)
  • A Taste of Sin (EP) (2016)
  • Echoes of the Tortured (2016)
  • Ashes (EP) (2017)
  • Repulsion for Humanity (2018)

As featured artist[edit]

Year Artist Album Track(s) Position Ref
2001 Marilyn Manson The Fight Song (Single) "The Fight Song" (Slipknot Remix) Remixing [87]
2003 Deicide The Best of Deicide Liner notes [88]
2004 Otep House of Secrets "Warhead", "Buried Alive", "Sepsis", "Hooks & Splinters", "Nein", "Self-Made" Drums [89]
2005 Necrophagia Harvest Ritual Volume I "Stitch Her Further" Vocals, lyrics [90]
2007 3 Inches Of Blood Fire Up the Blades Production, arrangement, writing, percussion [91]
2008 Puscifer "V" Is for Viagra. The Remixes "Drunk With Power" (Hungover And Hostile In Hannover Mix) Remixing [92]
2010 Rob Zombie Hellbilly Deluxe 2 (Reissue) "Devil's Hole Girls and the Big Revolution", "Mars Needs Women" "Everything Is Boring", "Michael" Drums [93]
2013 Ministry Enjoy The Quiet - Live At Wacken 2012 (Live) Bonus Disc: Wacken 2006 Drums [94]
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


Year Film Role Director Ref
1999 Welcome to Our Neighborhood Self Thomas Mignone [95]
2001 We Sold Our Souls for Rock 'n Roll Penelope Spheeris [97]
2002 Rollerball John McTiernan [99]
Dawson's Creek ("Living Dead Girl" episode) Les Sheldon [101]
Disasterpieces Matthew Amos [102]
2005 Metal: A Headbanger's Journey Sam Dunn [104]
Roadrunner United: The Making of the Album Todd Bell and Nicholas Kleczewski
2006 Voliminal: Inside the Nine Shawn Crahan [106]
2008 Roadrunner United: Documentary Pierre Lamoureux and Greg Kaplan [108]
2009 Of the (sic): Your Nightmares, Our Dreams Shawn Crahan [109]
2010 Audible Visions of (sic)nesses Shawn Crahan
2011 Goat Shawn Crahan


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  • Arnopp, Jason (2001). Slipknot: Inside the Sickness, Behind the Masks. Ebury. ISBN 0-09-187933-7.

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