For the first time since the startling news broke, both Corey Taylor and Joey Jordison are going on the record about the separation and the future of Slipknot without another main member on the roster (long time bassist Paul Gray died in 2010). Jordison did not explain his full departure, but spoke a little on his decision in a message to fans posted on his official Facebook page:
"To my fans, friends, and associates...
I would like to start the New Year by addressing the recent rumors and speculation regarding my departure from Slipknot. I want to make it very clear that I DID NOT QUIT SLIPKNOT. This band has been my life for the last 18 years, and I would never abandon it, or my fans. This news has shocked and blindsided me as much as it has all of you. While there is much I would like to say, I must remain silent to further details at this time. I would like to thank you all for your unwavering love and support, and wish everyone a very happy and healthy New Year."
Rumors had been circulating that he was planning to leave Slipknot to fully concentrate on Scar The Martyr, and that there were hard feelings between he and his former comrads. It is still unclear whether personal reasons forced the split or if it was a situation between the members.
Corey Taylor tweeted an indirect message about this to fans saying that good things are forthcoming from the Slipknot camp.
Stay tuned for more information; updates will be made as they become available.