Slipknot sent the metal community reeling yesterday when they abruptly (and rather unceremoniously) announced on their social media accounts that long-time drummer Jay Weinberg was out of the band.
Still beloved by fans a good decade after doing the near-impossible job of replacing late Slipknot founding member and drum legend Joey Jordison, Weinberg’s apparent ousting truly came as a surprise.
In a since-deleted post, Slipknot offered the following statement about the departure:
“We would like to thank Jay Weinberg for his dedication and passion over the past 10 years. No one can ever replace Joey Jordison’s original sound, style or energy, but Jay honored Joey’s parts and contributed to the last three albums and we, the band, and the fans appreciate it.
But, as ever, Slipknot is intent on evolving. The band has decided to make a creative decision and part ways with Jay. We wish Jay all the best and are very excited for what the future holds.”
Bizarre. But also not dissimilar to the recent removal of Craig Jones. Who, if you recall, also had his departure abruptly announced on social media only to have the posts removed a few hours later.
Who is the Drummer for Slipknot Now?
Why Weinberg is really out is anyone’s guess, but now we must move forward, and Slipknot is surely wasting no time finding a kit replacement. Sure, drum wizard Mike Mangini is a free agent again after Mike Portnoy just returned to the throne in Dream Theater. But if we had to guess based on previous member lawsuits and statements made in the press, we don’t think the Iowa 9 (er, Iowa 8) is looking for a big metal name that they’d have to pay handsomely.
Rather, we think they’re going to go more ‘underground’ and bring in a talented drummer who’s not tied to any household band names in metal or rock. So with those guardrails in mind, here are our picks for some candidates that would make a lot of sense for the new job… for all we know, maybe one of them is already in the band!
Sure, Craig is technically in a fast-rising band (Stray From The Path), but the reality is that Stray is still small, and Craig is an enormous talent who has proved he can perform under pressure to millions as he’s been a guest twice on late night TV via Late Night With Seth Meyers. It also doesn’t hurt that he already has a deep relationship with the Slipknot camp as he’s a long-time friend of the current bassist Allesandro Venturella.
ARIC IMPROTA (EX-FEVER 333, NIGHT VERSES)
Aric Improta is yet another criminally underrated drummer on this list. Half drummer/half human acrobat, Aric is a true showman who is destined for the stadium spotlights. He has the chops, energy, and stamina to man the Slipknot kit.
Billy built a name for himself replacing the legendary Chris Pennie in The Dillinger Escape Plan. Since the band’s demise, he’s gone on to have brief stints in END and still plays in North Korea, No Machine and Thoughtcrimes (who seem to be his main band these days). Zero disrespect to any of those bands, but we’d have to imagine that Rymer would take the Slipknot call if it came through.
Luke built up an online following at an early age, amassing hundreds of millions of views on his playing videos. He’s been associated with The Word Alive, I See Stars, Jason Richardson, and Hollywood Undead, but seems to have preferred metal studio session gigs to date vs. joining a massive band. Then again, pretty much everyone picks up the phone when Slipknot calls.
The ex-Hate Eternal wizard who earned himself the nickname “One Take” for his ability to record entire drum tracks in -you guessed it- one or two takes, is apparently a free agent from what we can tell. You know he has the chops as he was one of seven drummers originally invited to audition for Dream Theater when Portnoy first left. Plus, if we’re being honest, the guy is metal to the core- exactly the type of aggressiveness that Slipknot could benefit from moving forward.
JORGE GORRIDO AKA El Estepario Siberiano
The guy is a drumming phenom who has amassed millions of social media followers by performing mind-bending drum covers of big rock and pop songs. And look, if the guy can play some of Joey’s nastiest drum parts with one friggin’ hand, we think he’s more than up for the task here. Interestingly enough, some astute social media users have noticed that he JUST also made a post on social media saying that he was joining a new band and would be winding down his content endeavors as a result. HMMMMM…