NewsOctober 7, 2016 2:32 PM ET19,668 views

Korn frontman says Sepultura album was a 'blatant rip-off'

In a new interview with Metal Hammer, Korn frontman Jonathan Davis speaks about the obvious influence his band had on the 1996 Sepultura album, Roots. Davis also explains that he partially blames producer Ross Robinson, who produced both Roots and Korn's first two albums. Interestingly, Roots featured a guest vocal appearance from Davis himself. Davis says that while the Sepultura album was a "blatant rip-off," he got over it:
"Slipknot were inspired by what we did, but they took it and did their own thing, which is fucking amazing. One that I thought was a big compliment, but I also thought was fucked up, was Sepultura's Roots album. That was just a blatant Korn rip-off, and I had it out with producer Ross Robinson about that, because he just took our sound and gave it to Sepultura. "My young brain couldn't handle it. But they were one of our biggest influences, so I guess they get a pass. And that's a classic album, so it's all good."
Meanwhile, Korn guitarist James "Munky" Shaffer was a bit more philosophical:
"Here's the thing – that was us trying to imitate them! When Sepultura released Chaos A.D. in 1993, that was a huge influence on us, and it's still one of my favourite records. Now I'm older, I can appreciate art inspiring art."

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