Despite former Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison being incredibly quiet surrounding the reason for his departure from the Iowan based metal group, which was announced on December 12th 2013, Jordison explained whilst at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards in London last night (June 13th 2016) that he received a severe diagnosis of a career-threatening disorder towards the end of his time with the band.
Jordison explained whilst onstage at the award ceremony that the disorder was “a form of multiple sclerosis” known as transverse myelitis.
An excerpt of his speech at the ceremony, during which he explains the disorder, can be read below:
“Towards the end of my career in Slipknot, I got really, really sick with a horrible disease called transverse myelitis. I lost my legs. I couldn’t play anymore. It was a form of multiple sclerosis, which I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy. I got myself back, and I got myself in the gym and I got myself back in therapy, to fucking beat this shit. And, if I could do it, you could it. It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life, more than fucking anything. To people with multiple sclerosis, transverse myelitis, or anything like that, I am living proof that you can fucking beat that shit. And, fucking metal and all of these fans will do it for you. Thank you so fucking much. To my lady, Amanda! You can beat this shit, no joke. Just the fact that metal lives in your heart, you can accomplish anything.”
Jordison also spoke highly of his former bandmates in Slipknot and what they achieved together, an excerpt of which can also be read below:
“I want you all to give praise to them as well. We accomplished a lot in life, every one of them, and I wish them nothing but luck and the best praises. What we created, in the basements of Des Moines, Iowa, will never be matched. It’s one thing that’s absolutely unbeatable.”
Despite the speech made by Jordison and the explanation of his serious condition, there’s no official confirmation as to whether or not this was what led to the band and the drummer parting ways. The full speech can be viewed via the embedded player below:
Jordison is currently a part of two musical projects, Vimic and Sinsaenum.
Vimic‘s debut album, titled ‘Open Your Omen’, is expected to see a release later this year through Roadrunner Records.
Sinsaenum, a blackened death metal outfit featuring members of DragonForce, Mayhem, and Daath, are expected to release their debut album, titled ‘Echoes Of The Tortured’, on July 29th 2016 through earMUSIC.