Stone Sour have unfortunately parted ways with original drummer Joel Ekman - here's the official statement from the band: "Things are going really well in the studio and we'll have a more in-depth update next week, but for now, we wanted to let you know about a change in the band. "Sadly Joel Ekman, Stone Sour's original drummer, is no longer going to be part of the band. This is something that we all discussed and feel is best for the five of us and for the future of Stone Sour. "This has been the most intense recording process of our career and the next year of touring will be equally, if not more, intense. "Our world tour kicks off June 2nd in Germany and our goal is to play as many cities and countries as possible. We 're in discussions with a few drummers now and will let you know who that person will be as soon as we come to a decision. "We wish the best to Joel and to his family." Stone Sour