P.O.D. is a four-piece Rapcore band from San Diego, California. The band's name is an abbreviation for "Payable on Death," which refers to how the Crucifixion of Jesus paid for humankind's sins. P.O.D.'s music is influenced by alternative metal, rap and reggae.
While the exact date of formation remains unknown, friends Marcos Curiel and Wuv Bernardo engaged in jam sessions without a vocalist. After his mother's fatal illness, Sonny Sandoval converted to Christianity; he joined P.O.D. in late 1991 or early 1992. Traa Daniels joined the band in 1994 when they needed a bassist for a concert, to replace former bassist Gabe Portillo, who appeared in the original demo tape of 1992.
P.O.D. signed with a relatively unknown Christian label, Rescue Records, and released albums under the label between 1994 and 1997, Snuff the Punk (1994) and Brown (1996). In 1997, they released an album of live recordings from the TomFest festival. In 1998, they signed with Atlantic Records, which brought the mass-media coverage that self-production would not bring.
Prior to the release of their first major album The Fundamental Elements of Southtown, P.O.D. released The Warriors EP, a tribute EP to their loyal fans. This limited edition CD has only 30,000 copies in print and was licensed by Atlantic Records and distributed by Tooth & Nail Records.
P.O.D.'s 1999 mainstream debut album, The Fundamental Elements of Southtown, spawned the hits "Southtown" and Total Request Live favorite "Rock the Party." At a time after the album, "School of Hard Knocks" was featured on the soundtrack for Little Nicky. All three music videos enjoyed heavy play on MTV2 and the songs were rock radio hits. The album went on to become RIAA certified platinum.
In 2001, on the same day as the September 11, 2001 attacks, P.O.D. released the video for their fourth studio album, Satellite. The album's first single, "Alive," already a rock radio hit, went on to become one of MTV's and MTV2's most played videos of the year. The video's popularity, as well as the song's positive messages to be grateful for life, helped the song become a huge pop radio hit.
The album's second single, "Youth of the Nation," was influenced in part by the school shootings at Santana High School and Granite Hills High School. The 2002 singles "Boom" and "Satellite" also became very popular. Also, the concluding track of the album, "Portrait" received a number of awards including a Grammy nomination for Best Metal Performance in 2002. The album went on to become RIAA-certified triple platinum.
In 2003, guitarist Marcos Curiel left the band due to his side project, The Accident Experiment and "spiritual differences." However, Marcos claims that he was actually kicked out of the band (see his article). Curiel was replaced by Jason Truby, former member of Christian thrash/death metal band Living Sacrifice. In the same year they released their third mainstream album, Payable on Death. This album went on to sell over 1,000,000 copies worldwide. It featured the hits "Will You" and "Change the World".
Sometime after the tsunami in Asia, many singers, musicians, and actors/actresses recorded a song called "Forever in Our Hearts." It is only obtainable on iTunes, and features many well known artists including Sonny and Wuv from P.O.D. All procedes from this song go to help with the tsunami relief.
On November 15, 2005, P.O.D. released The Warriors EP, Volume 2 as a tribute to their many fans. It features some demos from their sixth album Testify, as well as two live tracks, two b-sides, and a cover version of the 1980s Payolas reggae hit, "Eyes of a Stranger."
Testify was slated for a December 2005 release, but was pushed back to January 24, 2006. The first single released from the album was "Goodbye for Now," with another new song called "Lights Out" being featured as the "official theme song" to World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE)'s Survivor Series pay-per-view event in November 2005. Their album was also available in the "Testify (Limited Edition)" version with a bonus CD featuring commentary by the band on every song on the album, as well as 4 bonus songs and a remix that didn't make the album. The album's first single, "Goodbye for Now," went on to become the #1 video on MTV's TRL and became P.O.D.'s unprecedented 4th #1 video. The song also enjoyed heavy play on the radio. The album became the #1 selling Christian Album on Billboard for weeks and as of May 2006 had been in the Top 25 for a total of 16 weeks.
In another contribution to WWE, the band's single, "Boom", was used as the opening theme for WWE's return show of Saturday Night Main Event and at WrestleMania 22 they performed fellow San Diego native Rey Mysterio's theme song "Booyaka 619". Mysterio debuted the studio recording of this song as his entrance theme on the May 5 edition of "SmackDown!".
P.O.D.'s hits, "Alive" and "Boom" have also been sports anthems used by ESPN and other sporting events. P.O.D. performed live on national network television for the 2006 New Year celebration in Times Square.
P.O.D. have wrapped up their American tour called the "Warriors Tour 2: Guilty by Association" which began in April, to promote their latest album. Bands on the bill included Christian rockers Pillar, metalcore band The Chariot, and Southern metalers Maylene and the Sons of Disaster.
On August 11th, 2006, P.O.D. announced in their online newsletter that they have left Atlantic Records. The newsletter reads: "P.O.D. have left Atlantic Records. We’ve been proud to be Atlantic Recording Artists, but it’s not the same place anymore. For most of our stay, we were blessed by a staff that was gracious towards our vision, faith, and love of music.... resulting in more than 7-million records sold. It’s time to dream again with a new staff and we leave with grateful hearts. By the people, FOR the people - P.O.D. - Aug. 2006"
On September 16th, 2006, P.O.D. announced that they have teamed up with Rhino Records to release a greatest hits record simply titled, Greatest Hits: The Atlantic Years. It will be 17 tracks long, including many of the band's hit singles, as well as 2 new songs. One being an unreleased track from the Testify sessions titled "Here We Go", the other being a brand new song titled "Going In Blind". It's planned to be released on November 21. More importantly, they also mentioned that they have been taking meetings with various record labels, and are working on new material for an album they hope to release in Spring 2007.