He loves the end product, but making the just-released "Korn III -- Remember Who You Are" was "sheer fucking torture and hell" for Korn frontman Jonathan Davis.
Give the credit, or blame, to producer Ross Robinson, Davis tells Billboard.com. Robinson, who also produced Korn's first two albums, dug deep into Davis' angst-filled lyrics, forcing him to confront his demons and at one point even having Davis sing one track as his wife looked on in the studio.
"I'd come in with some lyrics," Davis recalls, "and we'd go through them line by line and talk about everything that was behind them, and [Robinson] would really want to get inside them. And once I'd get in there and start to sing he would use those things against me, like pouring salt on the wound. He got into my head and took me to a very bad place. I relapsed into fucking depression, hard. I got suicidal. I even had my psychiatrist pissed off, wanting to call him and say, 'What are you doing to this poor kid?' It was getting bad when the doctor started to get involved."