Mastodon drummer Brann Dailor recently sat down with Knotfest to talk about everything from the band's upcoming record Hushed And Grim to metal drumming in general. Of course, the late and great Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison came up, who Dailor put on par with Pantera's Vinnie Paul and Slayer's Dave Lombardo.
"He's one of the pillars of metal drumming. He will always be that, you know. He's up there with Vinnie [Paul] and [Dave] Lombardo and all those guys. It's huge, his contribution. I mean there's a whole genre of music that kind of sprung up around what Slipknot put forth. And he's the heartbeat of it all – he was the driving force. The drums are really fucking loud on Slipknot records for a reason."
Dailor also touched on feeling like he has to play extra well live in order to make up for Jordison's absence.
"I bet he wants to be there and he can’t and so I'm like… I don't know… there's this feeling that I'm having when I'm playing that I want to do better and play better for him somehow. I don't know. It's kind of weird. But yeah, that's how I feel about it. Because I really do. I just feel terrible that things ended up the way that they did. But then, you know, there was nothing anybody could do."
Check out the full interview here. You can also catch Mastodon on tour with Opeth and Zeal & Ardor at one of the dates below.
11/16 Asheville, NC – ExploreAsheville.com Arena
11/18 Boston, MA – The Wang Theatre
11/19 Albany, NY – Palace Theatre
11/20 New York City – Hammerstein Ballroom
11/21 Washington, DC – The Anthem
11/23 Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
11/24 Atlanta, GA – The Eastern
11/26 Austin, TX – ACL Live at the Moody Theater
11/27 Dallas, TX – South Side Ballroom
11/28 Sugar Land, TX – Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land
11/30 Mesa, AZ – Mesa Amphitheatre
12/01 Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium
12/02 Oakland, CA – Fox Theater
12/04 Salt Lake City, UT – The Union
12/05 Denver, CO – The Mission Ballroom