Joey Jordison: “Roadrunner United Part Two? I’m All About That!”
In 2005, Joey Jordison was in the middle of a Slipknot tour when he became – along with Machine Head’s Robb Flynn, Fear Factory’s Dino Cazeres and Trivium’s Matt Heafy – one of four ‘team captains’ appointed by Roadrunner Records to make The All-Star Sessions, an 18-track, 57-person album from a band that Robb calls “the super-est of all supergroups.”
Speaking to Kerrang! on the 15th anniversary of the uber-heavy mega-album, Joey states that he’d jump onboard for a second record in a heartbeat.
“Honestly, I wish I could have recorded 20 more songs for it,” he says. “I still put that fucker on and crank it up, it’s a great record and something I’m proud to have been a part of. If there’s ever a Roadrunner United part two? I’m all about that!”
The All-Star Sessions, released in 2005 to celebrate 25 years of Roadrunner’s now four-decade position in metal’s top tier, features personnel such as Max Cavalera, Jesse Leach and Daryl Palumbo alongside Mino Caputo, Nadja Peulen and Glenn Benton collaborating on more than an hour of brutal modern metal.
The four captains oversaw the recording of instrumentals before issuing tracks to vocalists from across the spectrum. Joey sent Annihilation By The Hands Of God, the first song he wrote for the project, to Glenn Benton. The Deicide singer hesitantly asked, “Are you cool with anti-religious lyrics?”
Joey’s favourite track today is Enemy Of The State, featuring the now-deceased Type O Negative vocalist Pete Steele. To Joey’s surprise, Pete sent his vocals back in an invented language from a made-up country that the frontman called ‘Vinland’.
The All-Star Sessions culminated in Roadrunner United: The Concert in New York in 2005, with a band that included core musicians with an array of guests including Biohazard, Soulfly, Annihilator and Chimaira. “We rehearsed our asses off,” says Joey, “got everything tight, and then went out and just killed it.”
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