In 1994, Korn were just another bunch of loud up-and-comers hard at work at their debut album — but once that record was completed and released, they revealed themselves to metal game-changers on the highest level. The band later compiled a slew of behind-the-scenes footage from the Korn sessions for a standalone video, 1997's Who Then Now? (The full thing was later included on the 2002 Korn DVD release Deuce). In one of the doc's defining moments, Davis takes to the booth to record vocals for several tracks, including Korn closer "Daddy"; the other two songs, "Proud" and "Kill You," were released in 1996, on the band's sophomore album, Life Is Peachy. The footage provides a window into the process and all-too-real pain that led to Davis' unparalleled, intense vocal performances, which would come to define not only his band, but nu-metal as a whole. Check out his harrowing session in all its anguishing glory above.
Watch Korn's Jonathan Davis Record Vocals in Intense 1994 Studio Session
See singer lay down tracks for "Daddy," "Proud" and "Kill You"
From Alice in Chains to Temple of the Dog
Avenged Sevenfold singer gains audience with Metallica's founding duo in classic story
From Prague's Pankrác Prison to LOG's 'VII: Sturm und Drang'
Deicide, Death, Morbid Angel and more tell the story of one of heavy music's most game-changing movements
Corey Taylor: "This album is about making peace with the loss that we've suffered"
How Greg Puciato and Ben Weinman's complex relationship has shaped one of heavy music's most insane bands
Leach: "Being in Killswitch today is worlds apart from what it was 10 years ago"
Singer Jesse Leach: "This album literally drove me crazy"