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Korn Frontman Jonathan Davis Discusses His Struggle With Xanax Addiction

Josh Lami - Author

Dec. 26 2019, Updated 6:37 a.m. ET

In 1994, Korn’s debut self-titled album was considered to be remarkably dark, heavy, and high energy. A sizeable portion of that defining sound came from Jonathan Davis’ severe amphetamine addiction at the time, according to Rolling Stone’s oral history on the record. They also called it “the most important metal record of the last 20 years.”

While Davis’ battles with amphetamines and alcohol are well documented, fans are recently learning that the pioneer musician’s drug problems were even more intricate than anyone realized, according to Revolver. Jonathan Davis goes on to describe years of dependence on the anti-anxiety medication known as Xanax. He details the agony of kicking his habit and having to do so on more than one occasion.

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“Benzos are the f**king devil,” Davis said, in a video series called Through The Black Labyrinth, which details recording sessions for his recent solo album Black Labyrinth.


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