Wim S. : Three years ago I was pleasantly surprised by the release of 'The Awakening', a new album by P.O.D. after years of silence. The band still had it. Tasty riffs, tasty grooves and catchy melodies. And now, three years later, the band is back with a new album, 'Circles', their debut on their new label, Mascot.
And the guys from San Diego still have it. Listening to an album by P.O.D. you do with a smile on your face. It is cheerful, it is solid, it is sunny and damn catchy. You immediately feel like watching the band live, because that is much more fun than listening to the album in your living room. Opener 'Rockin With The Best' immediately sets the tone: grooving, jumping and going out of your head on a delicious mix of rock with hip hop. The same goes for the equally swinging 'Always Southern California'. I then find the title track a bit duller; that is simply not interesting enough. Luckily you can go berserk again and jump on 'Panic Attack' that is reminiscent of the work of Beastie Boys. And there is nothing wrong with that, right? After the first part of the album it becomes clear that the band is playing less heavy than on predecessor 'The Awakening'. Instead of searing riffs Marcos Suriel plays a lot more on hip-hop based grooves, together with his partner in crime Traa on the bass. On the one hand, that of course is a shame, but on the other hand, I also find that the band is actually at its strongest when they play their songs on which you can dance and jump like to the infectious 'Home' (hello Deftones). And you can enjoy it all the more if the band plays heavy as in ‘Soundboy Killa' that is reminiscent of Limp Bizkit. I'm looking forward to the tour that the band is going to do next year with Alien Ant Farm because I think it can be a party live.