Basic Background Info
Joey Jordison, born Nathan Jonas Jordison in Des Moines, Iowa, is one of the heaviest, hardest metal drummers in modern music history. Like so many professionals, Joey Jordison played drums in his high school drum line and jazz band. However, Joey Jordison’s first interest was really guitar. In fact, he still plays guitar today. As a young musician, Joey Jordison listened to Slayer, Kiss, and Metallica, paying especially close attention to drummers Peter Criss (Kiss) and Lars Ulrich (Metallica).
Joey Jordison played with an array of extreme metal bands in and around Des Moines, including Modifidious and Anal Blast, before creating Slipknot in 1995. Original members of the band included Jordison, Shawn Crahan, Anders Colsefini, Paul Gray, Donnie Steele, Quan “Meld” Nong, and Josh “Gnar” Brainard. After some tweaking, Joey Jordison played drums and Crahan and Colsefini played other percussion. They first performed under the name Meld, before changing the band’s name to Slipknot. During the band’s early days, the members experimented with their images and wore makeup and masks.
Slipknot self-released their first album, Mate.Feed.Kill.Repeat, on Halloween in 1996. Their first major label release, Slipknot, debuted three years later after many personnel changes. Critics hailed the album as seriously heavy, and in early 2000 Slipknot was certified platinum. Slipknot developed a huge fan following and their second major label album, Iowa, was once again hard, heavy, and well received.
Regardless of the success and demands of Slipknot, Joey Jordison found time to work with several other metal bands as well such as Korn, Metallica, Ministry, American Head Charge, Satyricon, the Murderdolls, and 3 Inches of Blood. During the Download Festival in 2004, Joey stepped in for Lars Ulrich of Metallica and played the set with the powerhouse band. While Korn’s drummer was on hiatus, Joey toured with Korn for almost half of a year. That same year, Joey released his first album as producer, Fire up the Blades, with 3 Inches of Blood.
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