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Below is our complete P.O.D. news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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P.O.D. Singer Explains New Album Title

A two-minute video clip of P.O.D. (a.k.a. PAYABLE ON DEATH) vocalist Sonny Sandoval explaining the meaning behind the title of the group's upcoming album, "When Angels & Serpents Dance", can be viewed below.

P.O.D. will release "When Angels & Serpents Dance" on April 8 via INO/Columbia Records. The CD was helmed by Jay Baumgardner (EVANESCENCE, HELMET, ORGY, SEETHER, PAPA ROACH, ALIEN ANT FARM, GODSMACK) and features a guest appearance by SUICIDAL TENDENCIES frontman Mike Muir.

"Greatest Hits: The Atlantic Years", P.O.D.'s final release through Atlantic Records, arrived in stores in November 2006.

P.O.D. vocalist Sonny Sandoval recently launched a new label called Deadworld Records and is currently seeking submissions from artists. Sonny says, "Any genre is acceptable, as long as you're serious and dedicated musicians that love what you do. My crew and I will go over all the submissions personally." More...

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P.O.D. Singer Checks In

The follwoing message has been posted by P.O.D. frontman Sonny on the bands Myspace account:

"What up Warriors?

Just wanted to wish you all a Wonderful Thanksgiving and encourage you
to take some time with your loved ones. We have had a crazy year and things
are finally coming together for the new album. Just as things were getting
organized San Diego was on fire. Thanks for all your prayers and concerns.
Thank you guys for helping spread the word on donations to the Red Cross.
That makes us proud.

Columbia/INO Records is excited about the release and has big
ideas for us. It's all in God's hands now... We just got thru the
album cover process and in the next few weeks new developments will drop.

In the mean time I've been working on some things and I am looking
for some unsigned bands for a new record Label I am working on. Any
genre is acceptable, as long as you're serious and dedicated musicians that
Love what you do. My crew and I will go over all the submissions

I will keep you all posted as thing progress.
Much Love to you all.................



*Click the link below to submit your information*


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P.O.D. Tap Jay Baumgardner For New Album

Spiritual rockers P.O.D. (a.k.a. PAYABLE ON DEATH) have tapped Jay Baumgardner to produce and mix their new record, "When Angels and Serpents Dance", set for release early next year on INO/Columbia Records. Baumgardner is known for his production and mixing skills for such artists as EVANESCENCE, HELMET, ORGY, SEETHER, PAPA ROACH, ALIEN ANT FARM and GODSMACK. Baumgardner's proven touch has helped to guide some of the most innovative and energetic artists of the last decade.

Baumgardner is the president of NRG Recording Studios, located in North Hollywood, CA. This top-line recording studio features state-of-the-art equipment, all-purpose studios, even a celebrated chef. Every possible amenity is available to enhance the recording experience of NRG's clientele; artists as diverse as MELISSA ETHERIDGE and 311 have recorded their award-winning music within the creative walls of NRG Recording Studios.

"When Angels and Serpents Dance" will feature a guest appearance by SUICIDAL TENDENCIES frontman Mike Muir.

"It is an honor for us to have someone like Mike on this new album," Sandoval previously said.

P.O.D.'s New Year's Eve performance in Times Square marked guitarist Marcos Curiel's first appearance with P.O.D. in nearly four years.

Curiel parted ways with the Christian rap-rockers in February of 2003 and later slammed the band, telling MTV.com, "With P.O.D., things were supposedly handled in the name of God, but they were actually handled in the name of greed."

He went on to form a new band called THE ACCIDENT EXPERIMENT, while P.O.D. recruited ex-LIVING SACRIFICE axeman Jason Truby to play on its last two studio albums, 2003's "Payable On Death" and 2005's "Testify". Truby exited the group once Curiel's return was made official.

"Greatest Hits: The Atlantic Years", P.O.D.'s final release through Atlantic Records, arrived in stores in November. It features the brand new track "Going in Blind".

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P.O.D. Bassist Schedules Clinic Dates

P.O.D. (a.k.a. PAYABLE ON DEATH) bassist Traa has scheduled the following clinics at Carvin stores in California:

Monday, August 27, Sacramento, CA (6:00 p.m.)
Wednesday, August 29, Santa Ana, CA (6:00 p.m.)
Thursday, August 30, Hollywood, CA (6:00 p.m.)
Friday, August 31, Covina, CA (6:00 p.m.)
Saturday, September 1, San Diego, CA (2:00 p.m.)

For details on each location, click www.carvin.com/clinics.

Commented Traa: These are free events and space is limited so show up early. Stick around so I can meet any of you that come down. I will be going over some of the songs off 'Payable On Death' and also 'Set Your Eyes To Zion', and maybe something from 'Testify'. Anyway, I am looking forward to spending time with you all. If you don't live in the California area... the crew will be videotaping some of this and will put it up on our YouTube page."

P.O.D.'s new album, "When Angels and Serpents Dance", is due late 2007/early 2008 via INO/Columbia. The CD is expected to feature a guest appearance by SUICIDAL TENDENCIES frontman Mike Muir.

A photo of Sandoval and Muir in the recording studio laying down tracks for the new P.O.D. CD, tentatively due in the fall, can be found at this location.

"Greatest Hits: The Atlantic Years", P.O.D.'s final release through Atlantic Records, arrived in stores in November.

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P.O.D. Singer To Become A Father

The following message has been posted on P.O.D.s official Myspace blogs:

"What up Family?

I know I don't get around to it as much as I would like but I wanted
to write in to just say hello and wish everyone the best. We've been
crazy busy trying to finish up the record and everything else that
comes with it. I'm actually at home now getting ready for the birth
of my SON and hanging out with the family since San Diego is extra
Lovely this time of year.

I pray blessings on all of your lives and that you all would have a
wonderful and safe Summer. I'll keep in touch as much as I can until
the record comes out to keep everyone up to speed. I know the crew
has got it all under control.

I also wanted to tell you about Blindside's new EP that just dropped.
Show your LOVE for our boys from Sweden. It's awesome as always.
Check out their website and download it.

Also the new Bad Brains album just came out. It's raw and punk rock
as ever. No changing for those guys just staying true hardcore.
Definitely something for the true fans. Anyway, much LOVE to you and
I can't wait to get on the road again and hang. Stay True. You know
the drill! Love you guys..................Sonny"

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Metal On The Charts For The Week Of Nov. 27

Killswitch Engage holds the No. 32 slot on the Billboard 200 with 60,000 units of their latest, 'As Daylight Dies', sold. The "supergroup", Rock Star Supernova, moved less than 17,000 copies landing them the No. 101 position. P.O.D.'s greatest hits holds the No. 152 spot with 10,000 units.

Sales were up 36% from last week and are the same compared to the same week last year. Overall sales for 2006 are down 5% with 485.7 million units.

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Hear Full Album Stream of KSE and Robert Plant

AOL Music has a few relevant full-album streams of this week's releases, most notably Killswitch Engage's "As Daylight Dies." Here are the links:

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P.O.D. Part With Atlantic Records

P.O.D. have parted ways with Atlantic Records according to the Rumor Mill at Hits Daily Double. The band has released the following statement regarding the departure:

"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 their vision, faith, and love of music... It's time to dream again with a new staff and we leave with grateful hearts."

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"WWE Wreckless Intent" Media Player Available

Songs from the upcoming "WWE Wreckless Intent" compilation, due out May 23 on Columbia Records, is available on a media player at this location.

Tracklisting for the compilation:

01. Saliva - I Walk Alone (Batista's theme)
02. Mercy Drive - Burn In My Light (Randy Orton's theme)
03. HomeBwoi - Hard Hittin (Coach's theme)
04. Brand New Sin - Crank It Up (Big Show's theme)
05. Desiree Jackson - Holla (Candice Michelle's theme)
06. Eleventh Hour - A Girl Like That (Torrie Wilson's theme)
07. Kaballon - Quien Soy Yo (Who I Am) (Carlito's theme)
08. Theory of a Deadman - Deadly Game
09. Silkk the Shocker - Never Gonna Change
10. Shadows Fall - Rob Van Dam (Rob Van Dam's theme)
11. Three 6 Mafia - Some Bodies Gonna Get It (Mark Henry's theme)
12. Zebrahead - With Legs Like That (Maria's theme)
13. Killswitch Engage - This Fire Burns
14. POD - Booyaka 619 (Rey Mysterio's theme)
15. Motorhead - King Of Kings (Triple H's theme)

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"WWE Wreckless Intent" Tracklisting Revealed

Columbia Records has announced details of WWE Wreckless Intent – a compilation of World Wrestling Entertainment’s Superstars’ entrance theme music perform by today's hottest hardcore rock, alternative and hip-hop artists.

The songs on WWE: Wreckless Intent are the wrestlers' themes heard during the WWE's enormously successful TV shows -- "SmackDown!®", "RAW®", "WrestleMania®", and "Saturday Night's Main Event™" -- as performed by today's top-selling aggro-rock and rap artists. The album features the first new music -- "Some Bodies Gonna Get It" (as associated with the WWE talent Mark Henry™) -- from Three 6 Mafia since the dirty south rappers took home the Academy Award for Best Original Song earlier this month.

You can pre-order here to get an autographed booklet and keychain.

The track listing is as follows:

Artists - Tracks - WWE talent:

1. Saliva - "I Walk Alone" - Batista™
2. Mercy Drive - "Burn In My Light" - Randy Orton®
3. Homebwoi - "Hard Hittin'" - Coach™
4. Brand New Sin - "Crank It Up" - Big Show®
5. Desiree Jackson - "Holla" - Candice™
6. Eleventh Hour - "A Girl Like That" – Torrie Wilson®
7. Kaballon - "Quien Soy Yo (Who I Am)" - Carlito™
8. Theory of a Deadman - "Deadly Game"
9. Silkk the Shocker - "I'm Comin'"
10. Shadows Fall - "Fury Of The Storm" - Rob Van Dam®
11. Three 6 Mafia - "Some Bodies Gonna Get It" - Mark Henry
12. Zebrahead - "With Legs Like That" - Maria™
13. Killswitch Engage - "This Fire Burns"
14. P.O.D. - "Booyaka 619" - Rey Mysterio®
15. Motörhead - "King of Kings" - Triple H®

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P.O.D. To Guest On Tonight Show & Carson Daly

P.O.D. will be performing live on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" on January 30th and on "Last Call With Carson Daly" on January 31st. The band, who expect to kick off a US headlining run in late March, will release their new album "Testify" this month on January 24th.

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P.O.D. Enter Studio With Glen Ballard

On Tuesday, P.O.D. entered the studio with 5-time Grammy award winner Glen Ballard. For the past five months P.O.D. have been writing and demo-ing material. It's been a powerful creative journey that started in San Diego, and then to Palm Springs, San Francisco, back to San Diego and now to LA.

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POD Preview New Material Online, New Website

P.O.D. have been in the studio writing new material as of late. They have also put up new material for people to get an "inside look" as to what direction they're going with the music on the new album. To watch a video of them writing new material click here.

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Demon Hunter Wins HM Magazine's Band Of 2004

HM Magazine have tallied votes by readers who chose their favorite musical acts from 2004.

HM Magazine Readers' Poll 2004 winners (look for the list of runner-ups in the March/April issue of HM Magazine, sometime in late February):

Favorite Band: Demon Hunter
Favorite Live Show: Blindside
Favorite Album: "Summer of Darkness," Demon Hunter
Favorite Song: "Not Ready To Die," Demon Hunter
Favorite New Band: The Chariot
Favorite Indie Band: Disciple
Favorite Singer: Christian Lindskog, Blindside
Favorite Guitarist: Jason Truby, P.O.D.
Favorite Bassist: Traa Daniels, P.O.D.
Favorite Drummer: Jordan Mancino, As I Lay Dying
Favorite Lyricist: Andrew Schwab, Project 86
Favorite Album Cover: Summer of Darkness, Demon Hunter
Favorite Article: "Underoath Tour Journal," David Allen

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Ex-P.O.D. Guitarist Battling Over Royalties

Former P.O.D. guitarist Marcos Curiel has told MTV.com that he is currently involved in a legal dispute with his former bandmates over songwriting royalties.

"[They're saying,] 'These songs don't belong to you anymore, they belong to P.O.D.,' " Curiel said. "I'm like, 'No, dude, I wrote those songs.' And you can tell by their sound — it's not the same anymore."

When Marcos Curiel formed his new band, The Accident Experiment, it was meant to be a P.O.D. side project. Two years and one ugly breakup later, the band could more accurately be described as the antithesis of P.O.D.

"I had some great times in [P.O.D.], but the thing that really irked me was that every day we would talk about, 'Yeah, we're real. We're positive,' " said the guitarist. "But if every song is positive, that's not real. 'Cause no one in life walks around with a smile on their face nonstop. There's ups and downs, and I just wanted to be, 'Let's write about the moment.' "

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P.O.D, Blindside, Lacuna Coil Tour Dates

P.O.D. have announced the initial dates for their forthcoming tour with Blindside, Lacuna Coil and Hazen Street, they are as follows: More...

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Lacuna Coil Cancel Euro Dates And More Confirmed

LACUNA COIL have cancelled the following European tour dates:

April 16 - Orzinuovi (BS) @ Buddha
April 17 - Este (PD) @ Sottosopra
April 24 - Cesena (IT) @ Vidia
May 01 - Milano (IT) @ Rolling Stone
May 28-31- Leipzig, Germany @ Wave Gotik Treffen Festival
May 29-30- Gelsenkirchen, Germany @ Gelsenkirchen Amphitheater (Rock Hard Festival)
July 16-18- St. Goarshausen, Germany @ Zillo Festival

No reason was given for the cancellations on the band's official site, Lacunacoil.it. The band will be heading out on the road with P.O.D. and BLINDSIDE in North America come May. The tour will kick off on May 1st in Denver, CO. Here are the first batch of confirmed dates: More...

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Nu/Faux Metal Bands Rocked By Slump

Jim Farber of the New York Daily News is profiling how the hard rock sales for the past few months have been dampened while faux-grunge group Nickelback, '70s-style acts, Jet and The Darkness, and arty act Incubus have enjoyed success. Farber cites P.O.D., who saw their last release, 'Satellite,' move 2.7 million copies in 2002 while its latest 'Payable on Death' CD has fallen to No. 186 on the Billboard charts after just 13 weeks, selling just over 400,000 copies. Meanwhile, Limp Bizkit's 'Results May Vary', is lumbering in the low 80s on the chart after 20 weeks, selling only as many as first week sales of their previous effort, 'Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water', moved in its first week. Korn's dropoff also is cited.

The article title "Metal bands rocked by slump" surely is incorrect as these bands hardly qualify as metal, with Korn being the closest of them, and their sales probably hurt by the lackluster Untouchables anyway.

Read the full article at New York Daily News.

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