It has been announced via a statement on the bands website that drummer Joey Jordison has left Slipknot citing personal reasons. Although the band claim that their plans to release a new album will go ahead almost as planned, it is unclear at this time who will replace Jordison.
More information and clarification is expected from the band in the near future but for the time being, the full statement can be read here:
“To our Maggots and fans around the world,
It is with great pain but quiet respect, that for personal reasons Joey Jordison and Slipknot are parting ways. We all wish Joey the best in whatever his future holds. We understand that many of you will want to know how and why this has come to be, and we will do our best to respond to these questions in the near future. It is our love for all of you, as well as for the music we create, that spurs us to continue on and move forward with our plans for releasing new material in the next year. We hope that all of you will come to understand this, and we appreciate your continued support while we plan the next phase of the future of Slipknot.
The statement can be found at www.slipknot1.com