Jeramie Kling, the former drummer of Venom Inc., will not be taking Jay Weinberg's spot in Slipknot. Corey Taylor dispelled the rumors on Monday after they began swirling earlier this month.
They arose after Kling posted and later deleted a photo with a black background and a red Slipknot logo. "Drumming is simply a matter of timing. Bring it to you. Invite the chaos," the post said, according to Loudwire.
This came just days after Kling announced he was leaving Venom Inc. due to "logistical reasons." He had been with the band since 2018.
The drummer fanned the flames even more when he posted an unassuming picture of a new snare to Instagram. He included the hashtag "#im666," which many fans interpreted as a reference to Slipknot's popular track "Heretic Anthem." In the comment section, one asked: "New kit and setup for Slipknot?"
Taylor finally put the rumors to bed for good on Monday night. "To everyone wondering about our new drummer… It’s not him," he said in a post on X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter. "Stop letting him troll you. He’s not even on the list." The frontman ended the post with the hashtag "#hesnot666."
Kling is still currently a member of several bands, including the Florida death metal acts the Absence and Inhuman Condition.
Slipknot parted ways with Weinberg for "creative reasons" on Nov. 5. The son of E Street Band percussionist Max Weinberg joined the group in 2014 after Joey Jordison left the year prior. The founding Slipknot drummer died in 2021.
"I was heartbroken and blindsided to receive the phone call that I did on the morning of November 5th," Weinberg said in an Instagram post on Nov. 11. "Despite the confusion and sadness, there is something that’s provided an equal amount of comfort. For many of you reading this: 10 years ago, we weren’t yet acquainted. And now, we are. For that, I’m thankful in ways I’ll never be able to fully express."
The drummer also posted about the hip surgery he underwent to repair a torn labrum. He's still recovering from the procedure at this time.