Thus began an extremely lengthy, challenging and physically exhausting regime of physical and occupational therapy, as Joey tried to summon the energy and determination to beat the bizarre neurological condition that had wrenched the carpet from under his feet and left him both horribly vulnerable and understandably bewildered.Early in 2013, work began on Scar The Martyr’s debut album, as a further batch of Slipknot shows in Japan and Europe – including a headline slot at Download – loomed over the horizon.The last time Metal Hammer spoke directly to Joey, he was promoting his then-newly-formed band Scar The Martyr, who released their self-titled debut album in September 2013.
Today, I can almost run, but back then I couldn’t even stand up. If I wanted to turn over in bed, I had to move my legs with my hands. Some beautiful people have helped me out and got me back stronger and taught me how to walk again, but at that moment my whole life was screwed, man.
Acute transverse myelitis is a fucked-up disease and a lot of people don’t recover from it and they’re paralysed forever.” After having braces fitted to prevent his weakened legs from buckling, Joey was finally discharged from hospital in October 2012.
Still recovering from the worst of his illness, Joey somehow managed to recover to the point where he was able to perform at those gigs, after which he threw himself wholeheartedly into launching Scar The Martyr by hitting the road as main support to Danzig in the US.
All the while, of course, his global army of admirers remained entirely in the dark about the turmoil and trials going on behind the scenes.
You’re getting something that I have not told anyone. It’s fucking hardcore, man.” Joey Jordison has got a few things to get off his chest.