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P.O.D. is a Nu-metal/Alternative Rock band formed in 1992 in California. The band is an example of both Nu-metal and Christian Rock. In later years, however, the band shifted from its original Rap Rock/Nu Metal sound toward a more Alternative Rock sound, with more singing as opposed to rapping, and lighter instrumentation.

Discography:

  • Snuff The Punk (1994)
  • Brown (1996)
  • The Fundamental Elements Of Southtown (1999)
  • Satellite (2001)
  • Payable On Death (2003)
  • Testify (2006)
  • When Angels & Serpents Dance (2008)

Tropes:

 Sounds like it's war to me:

Peace, love and casualties.

  • Christian Rock: They're more subtle than most bands in the genre, though. You can still enjoy the band, regardless of your faith. This is probably the reason why they are one of the more successful examples; see Getting Crap Past the Radar below.
  • Drop What You Are Doing: Discussed in "Know Me".
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Of a sort. Since the label "Christian Rock" is essentially a kiss of death for any band looking for mainstream fame, the band writes lyrics in such a way as to avoid making direct references to their faith, while making it clear that they're believers. It worked well enough that subsequent Christian rock bands (such as Flyleaf, Skillet and Creed) have done the same thing.
    • They get crap past their Christian Rock fan base on several occasions as well. "Lights Out" contains the line "we tore the roof off this mother". "On the Grind", featuring members of "secular" hip hop groups Psycho Realm and Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E., is PG-rated Gangsta Rap replete with references to violent thuggery and "pimpin'. The same song unambiguously mentions the female genitalia in its first verse. On several songs the band refer to themselves as "OGs" (original gangsters). The mild profanities "hell yeah" and "damn" show up on "If It Wasn't for You" and "Kaliforn-Eye-A", respectively. Their early song "Live and Die" samples a line from "Gangsta Gangsta" by N.W.A., "And here's the plot: takin' niggaz out with a flurry of buckshots."
  • "God Is Love" Songs: Or "Jah Is Love Songs", as their lyrics would say, with "Jah" meaning God.
  • The Matrix: "Sleeping Awake", a song they recorded for "The Matrix Reloaded".
  • New Sound Album: Payable On Death, When Angels & Serpents Dance.
  • Nu-metal
  • Rap Rock: Their earlier work.
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