Wim S. : Payable On Death. P.O.D. Yes, we all know that name and abbreviation. The band was formed in 1994 but the (huge) success came after the release of their breakthrough album 'Satellite' in 2001, with the hit singles ‘Youth Of The Nation' and 'Boom'. Their typical music is influenced by diverse styles such as hip hop, metal, reggae, Latin and hard rock (and thus akin to that of bands like Limp Bizkit and Korn), and that musical blend did not harm the band. Millions of albums were sold. The central theme of their lyrics is the Christian faith. Not as obvious as with bands like Stryper and Petra, but more streetwise. It has been quiet around the band for some time but now they are back with a new release, 'The Awakening'.
Still the music of P.O.D. is very recognizable. The vocals of Sonny Sandoval, the riffs of Marcos Suriel and the grooving foundation (Wuv and Traa): you recognize it instantly. For me, they are also one of the first bands that really had success with this so-called nu-metal; they tap the stage for many after them. The band sounds deliciously heavy as in the fine opener 'Am I Awake' (great riff) and 'Get Down' and they put in the hip-hop in the catchy 'Somebody's Trying To Kill Me’. The band sounds heavier than ever here! Pure enjoyment, as in the old school monster 'Speed Demon'. The band showed off its most melodic side in the almost jazzy 'Want It All "(wonderful song) and gets help from Lou Koller (Sick Of It All) in the fastest track of this CD,’Revolucion'. P.O.D. makes a statement with this disc. A statement that the band still has to be taken seriously.