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Also known asPayable On Death
Country  USA
Years active1992-
P.O.D. is a southern California-based nu metal rock band that emerged at the turn of the millennium, during the time when rock/rap hybrid bands such as Korn, Linkin Park, and Papa Roach were breaking big. One interesting aspect that separates P.O.D. from these other bands is that they are a Christian Rock band, having been a mainstay on Christian Rock circuits for years, including such concerts as Creation Festival at Agape Farm, and Purple Door, both in Pennsylvania. The members of P.O.D. attribute much of their success to their faith in God.

P.O.D.'s 1999 mainstream debut album, Fundamental Elements Of Southtown, spawned the hits "Southtown," "School Of Hard Knocks," and the TRL favorite "Rock The Party". All three videos enjoyed heavy play on MTV2, and the songs were rock radio hits.

In 2001, just days before the tragic events of the September 11, 2001 attacks, P.O.D. released the music video for their sophomore album, Satellite. The album's first single, "Alive," already a rock radio hit, went on to become one of MTV and MTV2's most played videos of the year. The popular video, as well as the song's positive messages to be grateful for life, not to "take it for granted," and to rise up from adversity, during one of the most troubling time's in American history, helped the song cross over to become a huge pop radio hit.

Following the September 11 attacks, radio conglomerate Clear Channel Communications sent out of a list of 150 songs that were recommended to be pulled from airplay. P.O.D.'s "Boom" was on the list.

The album's second single, "Youth Of The Nation," which was inspired by the Santana High School shooting, had similarly impacting lyrics and video, and, consequently, a similarly huge response at pop and rock radio during late 2001 and early 2002. The 2002 singles, "Boom" and "Satellite," were not hits on the level that the first two singles were, but were big with rock radio and MTV2 nonetheless.

In 2003, the band let go of its guitarist, Marcos Curiel, due to his side projects and their spiritual differences. Curiel was replaced by Jason Truby, who brings "an excitement and a fire to the table that will take P.O.D. to the next level". This evolution of the band is evident on their latest album, Payable on Death, a title which reflects the recreation of the band's style. The record morphs from their classic hip-hop lyrics, delving into reggae.