The Story of Indigo Ranch, the Improbably Beautiful Birthplace of Nu MetalJohn Garrison/Noisey

Ross Robinson, Korn, Sepultura, Slipknot, Etc. Reflect On The Birthplace Of Nü Metal In New Feature


Noisey have published an exhaustive look at the infamous Indigo Ranch recording studio that once existed outside of Malibu, California and is often seen as the birthplace of the nü metal genre, thanks to producer Ross Robinson‘s work there.

Multi-platinum and gold selling albums from the likes of Korn (“Korn” & “Life Is Peachy“,) Slipknot (“Slipknot“,) Sepultura (“Roots“,) Limp Bizkit (“Three Dollar Bill, Y’all$“) and many more (Soulfly, Cold, Amen, etc.) were tracked at that studio with Robinson behind the boards. The studio also served as home for the recording sessions of Glassjaw‘s “Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Silence” and At The Drive In‘s “Relationship Of Command“.

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Robinson, the studio’s staff and owners and members of Korn, Slipknot, Godsmack and more comment on their time at the studio as part of the feature, which chronicles the studio’s early incarnation as a hunting lodge up until it burned down in 2007 in the The Corral Fire. You can dig in over at

While Robinson proved instrumental in birthing the nü metal genre, he didn’t entirely pigeonhole himself, at the time spearheading his own record label, the then Roadrunner Records imprint I Am Recordings. Through that venture he released albums from Slipknot, The Cure, Glassjaw, Blood Brothers and more. In a recent tweet made last week, he spoke of potentially rebooting that venture:

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