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P.O.D. (1992-present): a Nu-Metal band from San Diego, California, USA.


bbreviated as P.O.D., Payable on Death is a Christian styled nu-metal band formed in 1992.

In 1991, Marcos Curiel (guitar) and Wuv Bernardo (drums) engaged in jam sessions. Calling themselves Eschatos, they started playing at keg parties covering Metallica and Slayer tracks. After his mother's death, Sonny Sandoval converted to Christianity and was asked by his cousin, Bernardo, to join the band. Bass player, Gabe Portillo then joined and soon after the act assumed the name P.O.D.

After recording a demo tape, Traa Daniels joined in 1994 to replace the departing Portillo. The act then signed to 'Rescue Records', a label created by Bernardo's father, Noah Bernardo Sr., who would also assume the role of the band's first manager. Between 1994-1997, they would release three albums, Snuff the Punk (1994), Brown (1996) and Payable on Death (live; 1997).

Shortly after the release of Payable on Death Live, 'Essential Records' offered P.O.D. a $100,000 recording contract, but on behalf of the band Sandoval told band manager Tim Cook to decline the offer saying, "God has a bigger plan for P.O.D." Well, perhaps God did, because in 1998 'Atlantic Records' A&R John Rubeli came calling to eventually sign them. The Warriors EP (1999) was soon after released as a tribute to their loyal fans and as a transitional album from 'Rescue Records' to 'Atlantic Records'.

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The Fundamental Elements of Southtown, spawned the hits Southtown and Rock the Party (Off the Hook); their first video to reach 1 on MTV's Total Request Live.

On September 11, 2001 P.O.D. released their fourth album, Satellite. The first single, Alive, became one of MTV's and MTV2's top played videos of the year. The video's popularity, as well as the song's positive message, helped the song become a modern rock radio hit getting it a Grammy nomination for Best hard rock Performance the following year. Also in 2002, the band contributed the song America to Santana's new album Shaman.

The Grammy nominations would keep coming the following year when Satellite's second single, Youth of the Nation, received a Grammy nomination for Best hard rock Performance in 2003. The track was influenced in part by the school shootings at Santana High School, Columbine High School, and Granite Hills High School. The concluding track of the album, Portrait, was also Grammy nominated for Best Metal Performance in 2003 and was used in the comedy film Here Comes the Boom (Korn would ultimately win the award for their Here to Stay track); the album would go RIAA-certified triple platinum.

Although he claimed he was kicked out of the band, on February 19, 2003, guitarist Curiel left the band. According to the official records, he left for his side project, The Accident Experiment, and due to "spiritual differences." He was replaced by Jason Truby, former member of christian metal band Living Sacrifice, and assisted with the recording of "Sleeping Awake", from The Matrix Reloaded soundtrack.

Payable on Death (2003) saw the group shift from their well-known 'rapcore' sound to a darker, more melodic metal sound. The album was hit with controversy due to its "occult" cover, which led to most Christian bookstores across the United States to ban the album. With the help of the album's singles Will You and Change the World, the album nonetheless went on to sell over 520,000 copies and certified Gold.

The Warriors EP, Volume 2 (2005) was released as a prequel to the upcoming album, Testify (2006; was originally slated for late 2005 but the date was pushed back).

On September 16, 2006, P.O.D. announced that they had teamed up with 'Rhino Records' to release a greatest hits record simply titled, Greatest Hits: The Atlantic Years (2006) to announce their end of business with 'Atlantic'.

On December 30, 2006, Jason Truby left the band and replaced by the returning Curiel.

February, 2007 saw the band sing with 'INO Records', the resulting album would be When Angels & Serpents Dance (2008).

Record deals with 'Razor & Tie' and then 'T-Boy Records' saw the release of Murdered Love (2012), the acoustic album SoCal Sessions (2014), The Awakening (2015) and Circles (2018).

Footnote: P.O.D. got a nod on episode 3, season 4 of the Canadian comedy show 'Letterkenny' (2018) with an interaction between two characters, one the leader of the goth/raver gang known as "the Skids", "Christ is in metal!" and the local amateur preacher, "Of course he is, haven't you heard of P.O.D."

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