Jonathan Davis On ‘Untouchables’ Recordings: ‘My Feelings Were So Hurt’

During a new interview with Metal Hammer, Korn frontman Jonathan Davis revealed that the band’s album, ‘Untouchables,’ had a pretty stressful recording process.

After releasing their fourth studio album, ‘Issues,’ in 1999 and completing their highly successful 2000 tour, Korn started to work on their fifth record, ‘Untouchables,’ in early 2001. The tension among the band members that began during the tour also continued during the album’s recording sessions. Yet, they were determined to put all their effort into making a good record.

The band worked with the producer Michael Beinhorn and the recording sessions to finish the album took nearly two years. The making of the record was the most expensive of Korn’s career. ‘Untouchables’ finally arrived on June 11, 2002. The album received mostly favorable reviews from critics and was praised for its memorable riffs and overall style. The band tried to be experimental and dived into different sounds they hadn’t previously attempted.

During his recent interview, Jonathan Davis talked about the challenging sessions for ‘Untouchables’ and their meticulous attention to detail. They wanted it to be their masterpiece, so they tried hard to ensure that every part of the recording was perfect. Davis remembered their conversations with the producer Michael Beinhorn, stressing him out. Beinhorn didn’t like his vocals countless times, which hurt Davis’ feelings. Still, he realized he could do better and pushed himself to deliver his best performance.

About the recording sessions of ‘Untouchables,’ Jonathan Davis said:

“I wanted to fight Michael. I’d go in to do vocal melodies, and he’d be like, ‘Ew! What the f*ck are you doing? Go home. You’re sh*tty today.’ I can’t even count how many times that happened. My feelings were so hurt, but he knew I could do better and pushed me for greatness.”

You can listen to the album below.