NEWS: Joey Jordison releases statement regarding his departure from Slipknot!

Joey Jordison, who made a shock departure from metal legends Slipknot in late 2013, has released a short statement regarding his leaving the band, the first official words from the drummer since the decision was announced. You can read it below:

“To my fans, friends, and associates…

I would like to start the New Year by addressing the recent rumors and speculation regarding my departure from Slipknot. I want to make it very clear that I DID NOT QUIT SLIPKNOT. This band has been my life for the last 18 years, and I would never abandon it, or my fans. This news has shocked and blindsided me as much as it has all of you. While there is much I would like to say, I must remain silent to further details at this time. I would like to thank you all for your unwavering love and support, and wish everyone a very happy and healthy New Year.

-Joey”

Slipknot are currently writing for a new full-length studio album, which should see release sometime in 2014.