P.O.D. is a Nu Metal/Alternative Rock band formed in 1992 in California. The band is an example of both Nu Metal and Christian Rock, and is also known for incorporating significant Reggae influences, which decidedly causes the band's sound to stand out among their nu/alternative metal peers. In later years, however, the band shifted from its original Rap Rock/Nu Metal sound toward a more Alternative Rock sound, with more singing as opposed to rapping, and lighter instrumentation.Discography:
- Snuff The Punk (1994)
- Brown (1996)
- The Fundamental Elements Of Southtown (1999)
- Satellite (2001)
- Payable On Death (2003)
- Testify (2006)
- When Angels & Serpents Dance (2008)
- Murdered Love (2012)
- The Awakening (2015)
- Agree to Disagree: In "Ghetto":We don't always see things the same;
We should agree to disagree.
- Alliterative Name: Sonny Sandoval. Averted with his real first name, which is Paul.
- Alternative Rock: Their later work.
- Ambiguously Brown: Sonny Sandoval, owing to his Mexican-Italian-Chamorro (indigenous Pacific Islander)-Hawaiian ancestry.
- The Blind Leading the Blind: Discussed in the song "Youth of the Nation".
- Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: In "Sounds Like War":Sounds like it's war to me:
Peace, love and casualties.
- Christian Rock: They're more subtle than most bands in the genre, though. You can still enjoy the band, regardless of your faith. This is probably the reason why they are one of the more successful examples; see Getting Crap Past the Radar below.
- Their first two albums were quite less subtle though; their first album containing a song titled "Abortion is Murder"; their second actually containing a song titled "Preach", while both albums contain many Biblical references. They presumably toned it down to attract attention from mainstream record labels. However, they are still unabashedly Christians and aren't afraid to get in your face about it away from their music.
- Dramatic Drop: Discussed in "Know Me":So, uh, drop what you're doing and stop and stare at me;
Not who you are, 'cause you're just too scared to be.
- Early Installment Weirdness: Their first album Snuff the Punk is heavily influenced by crossover thrash and sounds like a Christian Biohazard.
- Fun with Acronyms: P.O.D. stands for "Payable On Death", of course.
- Also mentioned in "Brown", when the initials of "B.R.O.W.N." stand for "Believe, Receive, Obtain, Withstand, Never die."
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: Of a sort. Since the label "Christian Rock" is essentially a kiss of death for any band looking for mainstream fame, the band writes lyrics in such a way as to avoid making direct references to their faith, while making it clear that they're believers. It worked well enough that subsequent Christian rock bands (such as Flyleaf, Skillet and Creed) have done the same thing.
- They get crap past their Christian Rock fan base on several occasions as well. "Lights Out" contains the line "we tore the roof off this mother". "On the Grind", featuring members of "secular" hip hop groups Psycho Realm and Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E., is PG-rated Gangsta Rap replete with references to violent thuggery and "pimpin'". The same song unambiguously mentions the female genitalia in its first verse. On several songs the band refer to themselves as "OGs" (original gangsters). The mild profanities "hell yeah" and "damn" show up on "If It Wasn't for You" and "Kaliforn-Eye-A", respectively. Their early song "Live and Die" samples a line from "Gangsta Gangsta" by N.W.A., "And here's the plot: takin' niggaz out with a flurry of buckshots."
- An aversion happened with a song on their latest album, Murdered Love, called "I Am." This song was heavily edited and/or taken off some releases because of a Precision F-Strike that occurs in the chorus.
- God-Is-Love Songs: Or "Jah-Is-Love Songs", as their lyrics would say, with "Jah" meaning God.
- Letting the Air Out of the Band: At the very end of "Brown".
- The Matrix: "Sleeping Awake", a song they recorded for "The Matrix Reloaded".
- New Sound Album: Payable On Death, When Angels & Serpents Dance.
- Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: 6 or 7, while their softer tracks fall at 4-5 and their heaviest songs in the lower 8 range.
- Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep: Parodied in "Southtown":Could be the next guy that you take before I wake,
Now I lay me down to sleep, eyes tight, when I pray.
- Nu Metal
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Sonny - real name Paul Joshua Sandoval, as well as Wuv - real name Noah - Bernardo. Also, Traa's real name is Mark Daniels.
- Out-of-Genre Experience: Aside from the very brief rapped segment, "America", their song with Santana, is a lot closer to straightforward Heavy Metal than their usual material.
- Post-Hardcore: Payable on Death has subtle elements of this.
- Rap Rock: Their earlier work.
- Subliminal Seduction: Not in the form of backmasking, but in the second chorus of "Set Your Eyes to Zion", you can hear Sonny explaining what Jah means if you listen closely. This was done in response to backlash from evangelical Christian websites and reviewers.
- Take That, Critics!: Anything Right is about how no matter what they do, they'll be criticized either for being too religious, or not religious enough.