Korn’s Jonathan Davis Wants to Make ‘Untouchables’ Documentary, Has Issues With ‘Korn III’
Korn‘s Platinum-selling fifth album, Untouchables, is regarded as one of the band’s best, also marking a bit of an end to their classic period. Frontman Jonathan Davis recently stated that it’s the record he is “most proud of,” in a recent interview, expressing a desire to spotlight the album in a documentary. Meanwhile, he didn’t reflect on Korn III: Remember Who You Are so highly.
“I still think it sounds like the heavy metal Asia. The production on it is of the same calibre in terms of sonic quality,” Davis began telling Independent when describing his attachment to Untouchables. The singer went on to say that “a lot of money” went into making the album, which took two years to complete, and that it even took one month solely to lock down the drum sounds.
“[Michael] Beinhorn is my favourite producer ever, he’s just got a great ear and he’s not afraid to tell you if you suck,” Davis added, describing how he’d have what he thought were great vocal takes, but Beinhorn held the opposing stance and would send him home because his voice “wasn’t right.” The frontman said “it was so much work” and would like to detail the process for fans to see. “If I can find the footage, I’m going to put a little documentary together about that record because it’s a one of a kind that will never be made again,” he revealed.
On the flip side of the Korn discography, Davis also weighed in Korn III, an album he considers to be one of the band’s weaker efforts. Chastising legendary producer Ross Robinson, who had helmed the band’s first pair of records, the singer felt Korn III “would have been a much better album if [Robinson] hadn’t been so f–king hard and let us have a bit of fun.”
Citing an example, Davis spoke about writing “Are You Ready to Live?” which dealt with his wife’s pill addiction. “Ross called her without me knowing and asked her to show up to the studio and I had to sing that part to her! He pushes your buttons on purpose to get those kind of performances out of you and he wants to get you to the point where you’re so f–king mad, the emotions just come pouring out. I get it but I don’t necessarily want to be a part of it now that I’ve been there and done that,” he commented, also noting he loves and respects Robinson. “I think he’s amazing, one of the last great producers, but that record sounds forced to me and it took me to a very dark place that I didn’t want to go back to. I think going backwards rather than forwards might have been the biggest mistake we made as a band.”
Korn’s summer tour with Stone Sour begins on June 16 in Salt Lake City, Utah as the band continues to promote out on 2016’s best metal albums, The Serenity of Suffering. They’ll be joined by Stone Sour who will be touting their forthcoming Hydrograd album and a full list of tour stops can be seen here.
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