U.K.'s Metal Hammer magazine recently got the chance to chat to SLIPKNOT and SCAR THE MARTYR drummer Joey Jordison and asked him for his thoughts on some of metal's big-hitters that have been grabbing headlines this year. Here’s what he had to say.
On AVENGED SEVENFOLD:
Jordison: "Honestly, I don't own any AVENGED SEVENFOLD records and I've not heard the new record. I've read about comparisons to METALLICA on the new record, and I guess there's a certain controversy around that, but I've not paid that much attention to it. Nothing against them, I'm not knocking them, but I was just never a fan: not that they're bad, they're just one of those bands that kinda bypassed me."
Jordison: "That's the fucking band. Without METALLICA, I wouldn't be doing what I am doing. I have every METALLICA record, of course, and I would spend hours on drums in my parents' basement, with the stereo behind me, cranking those records and learning Lars' [Ulrich] drum beats, beat by beat. And nowadays, for me, METALLICA can do whatever the fuck they want. I'm not sure that 'Lulu' is something I'd be getting into, but METALLICA have a free pass from me to do anything, I can't really knock anything they do. I mean [LED] ZEPPELIN and THE WHO passed the torch to METALLICA; they're that band for our generation. Everything they do now is going to be met with a little bit of a backlash just because they're so big, but without METALLICA, there would be no heavy bands, hardly. People have a hard time saying that, and obviously there's a ton of other great bands, but there's a reason that they're huge and have been able to expand their audience to millions and millions and millions of people. I have nothing but praise for them."
ARTISTdirect.com editor-in-chief Rick Florino recently conducted an interview with SLIPKNOT and SCAR THE MARTYR drummer Joey Jordison. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
ARTISTdirect.com: The album becomes an epic journey from start to finish. You've got to listen to it from beginning to end because there's so much going on, and it's all connected in a fluid way.
Jordison: You know, it's really cool that you noticed that. When I was writing all of that shit, I'd complete a track and be like, "Alright, what am I feeling? What would be cool after this track? What emotion am I going into right now? What am I hearing in my heard right now? Where should I go?" It wasn't like I was writing a song and saying, "Oh, we'll just try to fit it in somewhere". It was like I'd right one song and think, "What am I feeling next?" Sometimes, it would take a while, and I'd have to listen to a song over and over. However, every song was an emotional result of a previous song. I completed this song and now where am I going? It's cool that you picked up on it because that's exactly what it is.
ARTISTdirect.com: What's your favorite memory of [late SLIPKNOT bassist] Paul Gray from "Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses"? He's all over that record…