P.O.D. - Payable On Death Biography
The Christian Alternative-Metal Rap-Metal act P.O.D., short for Payable On Death, was founded in San Ysidro, California USA, in 1992 by guitarist Marcos Curiel and drummer Noah 'Wuv' Bernardo, they soon recruited vocalist Paul 'Sonny' Sandoval and a few months later bassist Traa Daniels joined their ranks. The quartet began developing a core fan base drawn by their towering sound, an eclectic mix of Reggae, Latin-Metal, Hip-Hop and Punk.
Through their own efforts, all released through Rescue Records, the band garnered critical praise for the opening 1994's "Snuff The Punk" and also managed to move over 30,000 copies of their second indie release, "Brown".
With the hard work ethic, great fan base and amazing sound, Atlantic Records signed P.O.D. in 1998; that same year the group put out an EP entitled "The Warriors" which was followed a year later by the band's major-label debut full-length album, "The Fundamental Elements Of Southtown", it soared to #1 on both the Billboard's Top Heatseekers and Top Contemporary Christian Albums charts as well as respectable peak of #51 on The Billboard 200; this album generated two Modern Rock top 30 hit singles, "Southtown" and "Rock The Party (Off The Hook)" and was certified platinum by the RIAA in 2000 when they spent the best part of the year on the road, touring with the likes of Crazy Town and Staind.
P.O.D. issued its worldwide breakthrough effort, "Satellite", in September 2001; the album was enormously successful in Europe, breaking the U.K. top 20, in Australia, in Canada and peaked at #6 on the U.S. Billboard Top 200 chart, eventually going triple platinum. The first single off the CD, "Alive", hit #2 on The Modern Rock chart and #4 on The Mainstream Rock Tracks, it also reached #19 in Britain; the follow-up single, "Youth Of The Nation", found more success in America reaching the #28 position on The Billboard Hot 100 and hitting the top of The Modern Rock Tracks; the band's third album also featured "Boom" a further Modern Rock top 20 entrant and the title-track, which peaked at #15 on the Billboard's Active Rock chart.
In February 2003 the band announced that founding member Marcos Curiel
had amicably split; shortly thereafter, P.O.D. went into the studio with
guitarist Jason Truby to record a new song for "The Matrix Reloaded"
soundtrack, "Sleeping Awake" peaked at #14 on The Modern Rock
chart and hit the top 20 of The Mainstream Rock Tracks confirming their
broad-based audience appeal.
That same year, in November, the quartet released "Payable On Death", the album debuted at #9 on The Billboard 200 backed by the lead single, "Will You" which hit the #12 spots on both Modern and Mainstream Rock charts; the second single, "Change The World", scraped the bottom of the Billboard's Rock radio charts.
San Ysidro's finest hard rockers released their fourth full-length CD
for Atlantic, "Testify", in January 2006; the album hit the
top 10 of The Billboard 200 chart while the first single, "Goodbye
For Now", peaked at #17 on The Mainstream Rock list and was followed
by "Lights Out", a further Active Rock top 30 hit.
In November of the same year Rhino Records issued a greatest hits album, aptly titled "Greatest Hits The Atlantic Years", the first-ever compilation from the band spans 1999-2006 with 17 tracks plucked from their acclaimed Atlantic catalog including a previously unreleased song as well as one brand-new track, the Hot Mainstream Rock top 40 single "Going In Blind".
Reunited with founding guitarist Marcos Curiel, P.O.D. released their next album, their first for Columbia Records, "When Angels & Serpents Dance", in April 2008; it debuted at #9 on The Billboard 200 but the lead single, "Addicted", made it only to the #30 niche on The Hot Mainstream Rock chart.
In July 2012 P.O.D. released their eighth studio album, "Murdered Love", reaching #17 on The Billboard 200. The first single, "Lost In Forever", became a huge hit on Rock radio during that summer peaking at #3 on the Active Rock chart and also broke into the top 30 of The Hot Modern Rock Tracks; its follow-up, "Higher", nearly entered the top 10 of The Mainstream Rock chart.