Ex-Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison forms new band Vimic

Group have released first single 'Simple Skeletons' ahead of debut album release

Former Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison, who parted ways with the metal group in 2013 after nearly two decades, has started a new band called Vimic.

Vimic is Jordison’s first new project since leaving Slipknot and sees the drummer link up again with his members of his previous side-project Scar the Martyr.

The band’s first single ‘Simple Skeletons’ has been premiered via SiriusXM. Their debut LP, ‘Open Your Omen’, is out later this year on Roadrunner Records.

“I decided I wanted to start fresh,” Jordison told radio host Jose Mangin. “I did not want to keep rehashing old ideas. If I am going to keep going, I really just wanted to break loose and wipe the slate clean. So I renamed the band, and I got a new singer and a new keyboard player [plus] three other members from the Scar the Martyr lineup. We went down into the basement and started demoing material and everything started clicking.”

When Jordison left the band in 2013, his departure was put down to “personal reasons”. “It is with great pain but quiet respect that for personal reasons Joey Jordison and Slipknot are parting ways,” the statement – released in December 2013 – said. “We all wish Joey the best in whatever his future holds. We understand that many of you will want to know how and why this has come to be, and we will do our best to respond to these questions in the near future.”

Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor has meanwhile hinted that the band will change their sound in order to continue moving forward.

The masked metal act released their most recent album, ‘.5: The Gray Chapter’, in 2014. Speaking to US radio DJ Full Metal Jackie, Taylor was asked how he envisions the future of the band and how they will adapt as they get older.

Taylor admitted this was something he and his bandmates have already begun thinking about. “It’s something that me and Clown and Jim have kind of been talking about for a couple of months now. Like, where do we go? I mean, this band has always tried to find the path less traveled,” he said.

“We’ve always tried to expand the range of the music that we’re making and find new ways to speak our piece, find new ways to kind of push our agenda and our message. And it’s getting to the point where, at some point, the music will have to evolve. And I think from day one until this album, it has. We’ve done really great things to broaden our musical horizons. At the same time, though, at some point it’s gonna have to twist and it’s gonna have to change even more, because when does the war end? When do you feel like you’ve said everything you need to say on that subject?”