Ross Robinson

One of the most successful hard rock producers of the late '90s was unquestionably Ross Robinson. Robinson began as a thrash metal guitarist (he was a member of a band that included future Machine Head drummer Dave McClain), but picked up a thing or two from the studios where his band recorded demos. It wasn't long before Robinson was well-versed enough with the recording studio that he received his first credit, as an assistant engineer for W.A.S.P.'s ambitious 1993 concept album, The Crimson Idol. Almost immediately afterward, Robinson received his big break, when he hooked up with an up-and-coming alt-metal band by the name of Korn. The union between Robinson and Korn would last for a pair of hit albums -- the quintet's self-titled 1994 debut and 1996's Life Is Peachy -- which put both the band and producer at the top of the '90s metal heap.