I am a little surprised that so many Slipknot fans has acted like their whole world fell apart when the news about Joey Jordison's departure came through. Sure, he was one of the founding members of the band and one of the main song writers, but he is an overrated drummer. He certainly knows how to pound the pig skin, but there is enough talented drummers in the world that can take his place.
The only thing about this situation that could disturb Slipknot is the fact that there was much uncertainty about the departure. Did Joey leave the band himself or was he sacked? I am afraid that this drama will take up too much attention from the album itself. The Joey lovers will most likely despise the album without even listening to it, especially since the album mostly acts like a tribute to their bassist Paul Gray, who died from an overdose of morphine and fentanyl in 2010. Nothing wrong with that, but some people could take it like "Slipknot never really cared for Joey, screw them", which is just stupid to think like that.
The band is about to release their 5th album and so far, 2 songs has been released. The first song was "The Negative One", a chaotic track that represents the typical Slipknot sound and anger. The other song however, is more laid towards being commercially attractive. "The Devil In I" sounds like a mix of Korn and Papa Roach that is weird, but works out without any embarrassing mistakes. The one thing these two tracks have in common is that the drum work is fine, not extraordinary. However, I do not think that Joey would have made the songs any better if he was behind the kit
My expectations for the album that has gotten the title ".5: The Gray Chapter", named of course after their deceased band mate Paul Gray, are not that high. All I hope for is that Corey Taylor and Jim Root learned from the mistakes in "All Hope Is Gone" and separate Stone Sour and Slipknot from each other. If they do that, then the album will be a very interesting listen.