During The Creation Of ‘Freak on a Leash’, Producer Ross Robinson Inflicted Physical Pain Onto Jonathan Davis

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In the latest issue of Metal Hammer, Korn singer Jonathan Davis spoke to the creation of the band’s hit song “Freak on a Leash.” Among the details shared, Davis speaks to a very odd matter involving “Nu Metal Godfather” Ross Robinson (a matter that involves the producer harming Davis).

Speaking to the atmosphere surrounding the band around the time they were creating their record Follow The Leader, Jonathan Davis shares, “Everyone was out of their fucking minds. Alcoholic drug addicts… ha! I just remember all the excess: we’re kids, living our rock’n’roll dreams and having the time of our lives.”

Follow The Leader has gone on to become one of the most beloved records that the band has ever created. Among the tracks that make up that Korn album, “Freak on a Leash” is easily one of the most popular songs they have ever released. As Davis puts it though, creating the track actually involved a level of physical pain.

Ross Robinson – who is responsible for producing a great number of iconic nu metal albums – assisted Jonathan with some vocal work pertaining to the creation of “Freak on a Leash” (he did not act as producer on Follow The Leader). At one point during the making of the song, Davis says that Ross was actually inflicting some pain on the singer! This is specifically what went down between Ross and Jonathan (as shared by Davis):

Freak On A Leash was where Ross was digging his nails into my back! That was some weird shit, real fucked-up. Once I got to that moment I was like ‘I’m done with this, this is fucking stupid.”

That does sound pretty fucked up! Not sure why Ross would feel the need to go so far. We wonder what Ross has to say about this matter? You can read more of this interview involving the Korn singer via the latest issue of Metal Hammer.

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