It was a quick return for Joey as the metal messiah was back on the Rhythm cover just over a year later. He spoke to us as Slipknot were completing their latest album All Hope Is Gone.
He shed some light on his impressive song writing credentials; “A lot of the time I will write a guitar riff first, I don’t write drum riffs first. I’ll already know how the drums are going to go. It just comes from the feel of the riff and the vocals. I accent a lot with the vocals.”
Joey also give us a glimpse into the challenges of powering the Knot live. On whether the mask restricts his breathing on stage, he said: “Of course it does. It sends you into an equilibrium with asphyxiation. You’ve got to be a little bit of a sadist to be in Slipknot, with the asphyxiation it’s pretty much bondage, and the headbanging and the energy and how hard our music is to play, not knowing if you’re going to have a baseball bat cracked over your head, or if Sid comes up and strangles me for 30 minutes, with the mask on trying to play – it’s unpredictable. We like it like that.”