Slipknot released an album in 1996 named Mate.Feed.Kill.Repeat. Only 1000 copies were ever made and sold worldwide. It wasn't until their second album that they began to garner significant attention, charting at a respectable #51 on the Billboard chart. Jordison, along with his band, played in several Ozzfest tours, headlining the tour in 2001. Another Slipknot album "Iowa" was released in 2001 this saw Jordison's band reaching super-stardom, the album debuted in at #1 in the US Billboard charts and number #1 in both the United Kingdom and Canada's national charts.
After touring relentlessly, Slipknot went on hiatus. Jordison wearing the jump suit and the mask he uses in Slipknot. Enlarge Jordison wearing the jump suit and the mask he uses in Slipknot. During this time Jordison remixed "Fight Song" for Marilyn Manson and was also featured in Manson's "Tainted Love" video. In 2002, Jordison, with Wednesday 13 and Tripp Eisen, formed what would become his second most popular band, Murderdolls. He played unmasked with the Murderdolls and they recorded the album "Beyond the Valley of the Murderdolls". The glam metal/horror punk band became very popular (in the United Kingdom and China in particular) before the group went on hiatus in order for Jordison to return to Slipknot. Jordison still plays with Slipknot but Murderdolls has disbanded as Wednesday has started a solo career with 2 albums, the latest being Fang Bang.
Wednesday and Joey have said they are busy with other bands at the moment though Murderdolls could reform in the future. Since returning to Slipknot, Jordison recorded a fourth album with the group, "Vol. 3 (The Subliminal Verses)", released in 2004. The album climbed to #2 on the Billboard chart, and also reached #1 status in the United Kingdom. In the summer of 2004 at Download Festival, Lars Ulrich of headliners Metallica became ill, and was unable to perform with the band. Jordison stepped up and filled in for Ulrich.
Joey played most of the set with Metallica. In December of 2004 Joey filled in for drummer Frost of Norwegian black metal band Satyricon for the band's tour of the United States after Frost was unable to get into the country. He also drummed for Ministry on their tour for the Rio Grande Blood album. Recently, Jordison played a big part in the 25-year anniversary of Roadrunner Records, the record label which both of his bands - Slipknot and Murderdolls - are signed onto. Jordison was one of the four "team captains" for the project.
His role involved organizing a "core band" of other musicians past and present on the Roadrunner label, and choosing vocalists to sing on his songs. Jordison produced, wrote, and played drums on the songs Annihilation By The Hands Of God, Tired 'N Lonely (also played bass guitar), No Way Out (also played bass guitar), Constitution Down and Enemy Of The State. It is said that in the first meeting about which musicians on the Roadrunner label to approach for this project, Jordison's was the first name to come up. On the DVD for The All-Star Sessions, Jordison can be seen working on the tracks at a studio in Des Moines, Iowa, and is not wearing his famed Slipknot kabuki mask. There is meaning behind each Slipknot members' mask.
They are a reflection of their personalities or a past personal experience. Jordison's Japanese Noh mask reflects a personal experience; when he was younger his mother wore the mask when he came home from Halloween drunk. He was terrified of the emotionless stare of the mask. In the early days of the Mate.Feed.Kill.Repeat album he wore one plain white.
For the Self-Titled album Slipknot, he decorated it with a few stripes and dots of paint. In Iowa (album) he painted it with fake blood all over his mask, and for Vol. 3 he did a variation of designs on it, more notable with claw slashes. He also quotes: "The design enables it to feel however you want it to feel; scary, evil or perverted.
All those things held in one mask". His new mask showed at the Fuse Fangoria Award show is gray with black markings. For Christmas 2006, Joey and Pearl released a Jet Black Export EX kit with Joey's own display heads. The kit was announced as limited edition, but due to phenomenal demand, Pearl might possibly make it a permanent addition to their Export range of kits. The kit complies of: 2 x 22" x 18" bass drums 20" china crash cymbal 10", 12" and 13" mounted toms 14" and 16" floor toms Joey Jordison's Pearl signature snare drum (13" x 6.5") www.joey-jordison.org Read more on Last.fm.
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