Korn, 'Korn' (1994)
At the time, I was getting into heavier music. I'd learned about Pantera from the Rev. But I was driving in my parents' car, and I heard "Blind" on the radio for the first time and it just reminded me of Phil [Anselmo], because it was like he was singing, but he was still growling. But it just seemed darker and creepier. It just gave me a feeling that I had never had before listening to music.
I found out it was Korn afterwards, and I talked to everyone I knew about Korn and no one knew who Korn was. So I went to Bionic Records the next day in Huntington Beach to pick up that first Korn record. That was a big moment for me because when I put on that record, I had never heard anything like it. I guess people called it nu-metal or whatever, but it just sounded different to me. It sounded funky. It sounded tortured. It just had all these elements I had never ever heard before. So that record was a huge moment for me.
Jonathan Davis had a vulnerability that Phil didn't have. Phil was more just "alpha," very straightforward most of the time. And then you had this Jonathan character who was still doing the scream-singing thing, or he was hitting notes, but he wasn't just screaming over it, but it just felt very vulnerable.