IN MEMORIAM: JOEY JORDISON (COWRITTEN WITH ERIC BUDASH)

When I was in high school, I had enough Slipknot shirts to wear a different one every day for almost two week straight. Granted, my musical tastes have changed considerably over the last twenty years, but to this day, the fact remains that Joey Jordison’s unique and extreme drumming style is one of the biggest reasons I got into playing music. My very first show was the talent show at my high school back in early 2000. I had just started playing drums and was fucking terrible at it, but my band at the time covered “Sic” off Slipknot’s self-titled 1999 release. People got into it and we had fun, but looking back on that tape, I wish I’d taken more time to learn my instrument before taking that stage. Still though, I went on to spend the next several years learning more of Joey’s grooves and applying bits and pieces of his style to my own bands. I can’t say I ever really got into Murderdolls, Vimic, or any of Joey’s other projects, but Slipknot was then and will always be a staple of my musical past. In my opinion, Joey Jordison will go down in history as having been responsible for inspiring generations of extreme metal drummers going forward. RIP to one of the greats!

Now, to follow this up, I asked Eric Budash, vocalist of Buffalo metalcore heavy hitters, Vulcan, to share a few words about Joey. We will also be doing a podcast on Joey in the coming weeks. Here’s what Eric had to say:

“It’s a sunny Saturday afternoon in 1999. I’m spending the weekend at my aunt’s in Kenmore, NY. She hands me 20 dollars and tells me I can go up the street to the record store if I’d like. Of course I did! I was 13 and the thought of getting new CDs to put in my Walkman that I kept in the pocket of my JNCOS was all the life nostalgia I needed. I walk to a place called Frizb’s and immediately see something that catches my eye as I walk in the door. It’s a bunch of people in masks and red jumpsuits. I have no idea who they are but in that moment I remember thinking how cool they looked and they had to sound just as awesome. After looking the album over for a minute I decide on taking a chance and buying it not knowing if I’d like the band or not.

“Cut to a few moments later and I’m putting this CD in my Walkman walking back to my aunt’s. Intro song hits and I’m intrigued. It’s weird. I like weird. Track two hits. Holy….fucking…drums! I’d never heard playing like that before. Fast. Aggressive. Powerful. Technical. Precise. The drums of Slipknot alone sold me on the band. The fact the rest was mostly Nu Metal put them at the pinnacle of my favorite bands at the time. Bring this story to present day and I’d end up following Slipknot well into adulthood and would consider them the predecessors to my current taste in metal music. 13-year-old me had no idea some of the best riffs of his favorite songs were written by a guy he idolized for playing drums. Joey Jordison just happened to be an amazing drummer and great musician. For a lot of kids like me he had a big hand in sculpting the music that made our formative years. “You can’t kill me ’cause I’m already inside you”- (Sic).” – Eric Budash, Vulcan

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