Career In Beats: Joey Jordison
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Pick up the latest issue of Rhythm and you'll find a stunning Joey Jordison cover feature and a double-sided Joey poster. Why have we gone Joey crazy? Take a look at some of his finest moments behind the kit to find out just why.
The Blister Exists
They may be three albums in, but on Vol III: The Subliminal Verses, Joey shows no signs of mellowing at all. 'The Blister Exists' is a er…blistering example of his pounding drum style. We love the simple kick work at the start of the track, which quickly develops into some speedy double bass playing that interlocks perfectly with the chugging guitar riff. The mid-track breakdown also shows a stripped back element to Joey's playing as his military-style snare work makes great work of his two tub-thumping sidekicks.
One of our favourite cuts from Iowa, the 'Knot's awesome follow-up to their groundbreaking debut. It's syncopated rhythm runs throughout, with several 16th-note triplet fills, plenty of double kick and even the odd cymbal choke dotted here and there to keep things varied. Dig out Rhythm 155 to learn how to play this one from start to finish.
A favourite among fans, critics and even Joey himself. The masked metal master told us way back in Rhythm 136: "As far as the chops and overall feel go, I like 'Surfacing'. That's one of the songs that leads everything off. It was one of the first songs we wrote."
Check out the video above for a devastating lesson in speed, technique and power all in one sub-four minute blast of aggression.
Annihilation By The Hands Of God
By no means one of Joey's most well-known tracks, but this one makes it onto our list purely on prestige, as he was asked to be one of four team captains contributing to Roadrunner's 25th anniversary album.
'Annihilation By The Hands Of God', co-written by Joey, features the diminutive drummer's signature lightening-fast playing, and also the slightly unnerving cookie monster vocals of Decide's Glen Benton.
2008 Slipknot Solo Solo
Ok hands up, this isn't a beat. And no, Joey isn't the first drummer to ever dabble in rotating/flying drum risers packed with bells and whistles. But, for pure bravery (let's remember he's spinning upside down while plying with a mask clamped around his face), he gets a thumbs up from us on this one.
For more from Joey puck upRhythm's January issue, which is out now.