P.O.D.’s ‘Satellite’ 20th Anniversary Edition Is Among The Best Of 2021’s Music Re-Issues

Courtesy: Atlantic Records/Rhino Records

P.O.D. will mark a big anniversary this week when it re-issues its 2001 album, Satellite.  Originally released Sept. 11, 2001 through Atlantic Records, the album (the band’s fourth) is scheduled for re-issue Friday through Atlantic and Rhino Records to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its original release.  The band also launched a tour last month in support of the album’s re-issue.  The tour’s next stop is scheduled for Saturday in Houston, TX at Buzzfest.  The album’s presentation in its forthcoming re-issue is a prime example of a re-issue done right.  Not only do audiences get the original album in whole (complete with remastered tracks therein), but they also get a second disc loaded with some interesting bonus tracks.  Not the least of those tracks is the RTP Remix of the band’s hit single, ‘Rock The Party (Off The Hook).’  It will be discussed shortly.  Also of note among the bonus tracks featured in this re-issue is the Conjure One remix of ‘Youth of The Nation.’  It will be discussed a little later.  Much the same can be said of the demo take of ‘Ridiculous’ that opens the bonus content.  It will also be discussed later.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of this record.  When these alternate takes are considered with the other featured extra tracks, the whole makes the bonus content and primary content collectively a work that is among the best of this year’s music re-issues.

Atlantic and Rhino Records’ forthcoming re-issue of P.O.D.’s Satellite is a presentation that is certain to appeal to any of the band’s fans, established and otherwise.  That is due in no small part to the bonus content featured with the album.  There are demos, remastered tracks, and remixes compiled among that bonus content that makes for plenty of engagement and entertainment, not the least of which is the RTP Remix of ‘Rock The Party (Off The Hook).’  ‘Rock The Party (Off The Hook)’ was originally featured in P.O.D.’s major label debut, The Fundamental Elements of Southtown (1999).  The original composition is a full-on nu-metal composition complete with turntables, infectious guitar riff, bass, beats, and rapping.  The blend of the rock and rap elements were everything that made nu-metal such a hit back in the late 90s and early 2000s.  The song’s RTP Remix takes that original presentation and turn it on its ear by adding a healthy dose of electronics.  Even the guitars have more of an industrial vibe in how they were handled.  The addition of the keyboards and effects, and even the use of the electronics in some of the vocals gives the song a unique alternate take on the song that makes this remix even better than the original.  That is not to say that the original is bad by any means.  That should not be misunderstood here.  It is just that the remix takes something good and makes it even better, to use clearer wording.

The RTP remix of ‘Rock The Party (Off The Hook)’ is just one of the songs featured among the re-issue’s onus content that makes this re-issue successful.  The Conjure One remix of ‘Youth of the Nation’ is also of note.  This remix takes the original in a different, more hip-hop oriented direction than the original.  By comparison, the original leans more in a rock direction.  The use of the keyboard, bass, and electronics here maintains the deeply thoughtful mood established in the original but gives the song a unique identity separate from the original.  That it maintained that contemplative nature established in the original in the process really makes the song just as successful in this case as in the original if not more so.

As much as the examined songs do to make the bonus content featured in Satellite’s re-issue so positive, they are just a portion of that proof.  The alternate demo take of ‘Ridiculous’ is yet another example of how much the bonus content enhances the album’s presentation in its re-issue.  The demo stands out because in comparison to the final product that ended up on Satellite, this demo version has more of a raw feel in its sound.  It lacks the more spit shined sound and feel of the final product.  There is one more notable difference between the two takes in the song’s opening bars, but by and large, what audiences get here in the song’s demo is just a rawer, experimental sound and feeling.  It is still engaging and entertaining in its own right.  When this demo and the other songs examined here are considered along with the other songs featured in the re-issue’s bonus content, the whole makes for so much more enjoyment for audiences.  That and the presentation of the original album fully remastered collectively makes the album in whole an example of how to do a music re-issue right.

P.O.D.’s forthcoming re-issue of its album, Satellite, is a successful new offering from the band.  It is a fitting celebration of the album’s 20th anniversary.  That is proven not only through the sound in the remastering that was done in the primary content, but also through the extensive bonus content featured with the re-issue.  From the demos to the alternate takes and more, the bonus content ensures audiences’ engagement and entertainment just as much as its primary content.  All three of the songs examined here serve well to support the noted statements.  When they are considered with the rest of the re-issue’s bonus content and the primary content, the whole makes Satellite’s 20th anniversary re-issue one of the best of this year’s music re-issues. 

The remaining dates on P.O.D.’s tour schedule are noted below. Tickets are available here. Due to injuries sustained by its members in a wreck last month, Sleep Signals announced Aug. 20, the band could not continue its run on the tour with P.O.D., From Ashes To New, and All Good Things.

P.O.D. ON TOUR:
WITH FROM ASHES TO NEW, ALL GOOD THINGS:

9/4 —   Houston, TX – BuzzFest (Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion – KBTZ Show)~
9/5 —   Dallas, TX – BFD21 (Dos Equis Pavilion – KEGL Show)~
9/9 —   Danville, VA – Blue Ridge Rock Festival^
9/10 — New Haven, CT — Toad’s Place
9/11 — Laconia, NH — Granite State Music Hall
9/12 — Worcester, MA — The Palladium
9/14 — New York, NY — The Gramercy Theatre
9/15 — Huntington, NY — The Paramount
9/16 — Baltimore, MD — Ram’s Head Live
9/18 — Atlanta, GA — Center Stage
9/19 — Mobile, AL — Soul Kitchen
9/21 — Birmingham, AL — Zydeco
9/22 — Savannah, GA — Victory North
9/23 — Orlando, FL – Rebel Rock Fest (Pre—Party)~
9/25 — Columbia, SC — The Senate
9/28 — Cleveland, OH — House of Blues
9/29 — St. Louis, MO — Pop’s
10/1 — Tulsa, OK — Tulsa State Fair
10/2 — San Antonio, TX — The Rock Box
10/3 — Lubbock, TX — Jake’s Backroom
10/6 — Santa Ana, CA — The Observatory
10/7 — San Diego, CA — House of Blues 
*With From Ashes to New
^With From Ashes to New & All Good Things
#With All Good Things
~P.O.D. Only

More information on P.O.D.’s upcoming Satellite re-issue and tour is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

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Sleep Signals Members Recovering From Traffic Incident

Photo Credit: Sleep Signals

The members of Sleep Signals are recovering today from injuries sustained in a traffic accident that happened Wednesday.

The announcement came Saturday through a press release. The document and additional information provided to Phil’s Picks states the incident happened during the band’s tour with P.O.D., From Ashes to New, and All Good Things. It additionally states the incident involved the band’s vehicle and a second vehicle. According to the provided incident, the official police report states that the band was not at fault in the incident, though its members suffered what are being called “serious injuries.”

The band talked about the incident in a prepared statement.

“As we continue to process the events from Wednesday morning, we are reminded how fortunate we all are to be alive,” the statement reads. “Without going into too many details at this time, the band and crew did suffer some devastatingly extensive injuries and our vehicle/gear are a complete loss. It will be a very long road to recovery and we sincerely apologize to all of our fans, promoters, and everyone involved that we will not be able to continue the tour with P.O.D., From Ashes to New, and All Good Things.”

Photo Credit: Sleep Signals

The statement continues, “Our good friend, Jason Carey, was kind enough to create a GoFundMe to help cover our medical bills and losses and we appreciate any support. https://gofund.me/7350d878. If you’d prefer to send directly via PayPal, you can send to info@sleepsignals.net. Please continue to respect our privacy as we continue to inform our families. We will give more details when the time is right.”

Sleep Signals’ tour was in support of P.O.D. as it supports the forthcoming re-issue of its album, Satellite. The tour launched only days earlier on Aug. 14. That means that the band would have been in route to the bands’ performance in Sioux Falls, SD when the incident happened.

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P.O.D. Announces ‘Satellite’ Re-Issue Release Date, Specs; Premieres Previously Unreleased Demo; Announces New Live Dates

Courtesy: Atlantic Records

P.O.D. will bring the music to the masses in more ways than one this year.

The band will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of its album, Satellite with a re-issue of that album Sept. 3. The re-issue will feature a total of 27 songs. Among those songs are rarities, re-mixes, previously unreleased demos and a full remastered presentation of Satellite.

The band premiered the previously unreleased demo of ‘Alive‘ Tuesday. The demo is a semi-acoustic take of the hit single. Among the rarities featured in the re-issue are the b-sides ‘Critic’ and ‘Sabbath’ that were previously available only in Europe. Re-mixes of ‘Boom’ and ‘Youth of the Nation’ are also featured as part of the extensive re-issue.

Courtesy: Atom Splitter PR

In other news, P.O.D. is scheduled to launch a new tour Aug. 14 in support of the album’s re-issue. The tour is scheduled to run through Oct. 7 in San Diego, CA. It features performances in cities, such as Columbia, SC; Louisville, KY and Minneapolis, MN.

Front man Sonny Sandoval said he and his band mates were looking forward to getting back out on the road in a recent interview.

“We’ve been touring and working hard for almost 30 years now,” said Sandoval. “It’s all we know. This past year has really made me realize how much I love what I do and how much I appreciate that I am still able to make music and play live for all of those who are still listening. Thank you to all of you who still love live music and can’t wait to be a part of the P.O.D. experience. We can’t wait to see all of your beautiful faces out on the road.”

Guitarist Marcos Curiel expanded on Sandoval’s thoughts with his own comments.

“It’s been way too long,” said Curiel. “We are beyond excited to get back to the stage — where we provide the rock and you provide the roll. From familiar faces to new ones, let’s get back to what we’ve all been waiting for. We are ready as a band to create new memories with you all. Let’s do this! Peace, love, light, and rock ‘n’ roll.”

The tour’s schedule is noted below. Tickets are available here. Sleep Signals, All Good Things, and From Ashes To New are scheduled to serve as support for the tour.

P.O.D. ON TOUR:
WITH FROM ASHES TO NEW, ALL GOOD THINGS, + SLEEP SIGNALS:

8/14 — Sturgis, SD – Buffalo Chip*
8/16 — Denver, CO — Gothic Theatre
8/17 — Omaha, NE — The Waiting Room
8/19 — Sioux Falls, SD — The District
8/20 — Des Moines, IA — Wooly’s
8/21 — Glen Flora, WI – Northwoods Rock Rally^
8/22 — Minneapolis, MN — First Ave
8/25 — Louisville, KY – KY State Fair#
8/26 — Fort Wayne, IN — Piere’s
8/27 — Belvidere, IL — The Apollo Theater
8/28 — Joliet, IL — The Forge
8/29 — Detroit, MI — St. Andrew’s Hall
8/31 — Pittsburgh, PA — Roxian Theater
9/4 —   Houston, TX – BuzzFest (Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion – KBTZ Show)~
9/5 —   Dallas, TX – BFD21 (Dos Equis Pavilion – KEGL Show)~
9/9 —   Danville, VA – Blue Ridge Rock Festival^
9/10 — New Haven, CT — Toad’s Place
9/11 — Laconia, NH — Granite State Music Hall
9/12 — Worcester, MA — The Palladium
9/14 — New York, NY — The Gramercy Theatre
9/15 — Huntington, NY — The Paramount
9/16 — Baltimore, MD — Ram’s Head Live
9/18 — Atlanta, GA — Center Stage
9/19 — Mobile, AL — Soul Kitchen
9/21 — Birmingham, AL — Zydeco
9/22 — Savannah, GA — Victory North
9/23 — Orlando, FL – Rebel Rock Fest (Pre—Party)~
9/25 — Columbia, SC — The Senate
9/28 — Cleveland, OH — House of Blues
9/29 — St. Louis, MO — Pop’s
10/1 — Tulsa, OK — Tulsa State Fair
10/2 — San Antonio, TX — The Rock Box
10/3 — Lubbock, TX — Jake’s Backroom
10/6 — Santa Ana, CA — The Observatory
10/7 — San Diego, CA — House of Blues 
*With From Ashes to New
^With From Ashes to New & All Good Things
#With All Good Things
~P.O.D. Only

More information on P.O.D.’s upcoming Satellite re-issue and tour is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

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Ill Nino Debuts ‘All or Nothing’ Video; Summer Tour Dates Scheduled

Ill Nino debuted the video for its latest single this week.

The band premiered the video for its new single, ‘All or Nothing’ Wednesday through Loudwire. The song, which tackles the topic of immigration, features a guest appearance by P.O.D. front man Sonny Sandoval and comes approximately five months after the band premiered the video for its then latest single, ‘Mascara,’ which also premiered through Loudwire.

Both songs are expected for inclusion in Ill Nino’s forthcoming album IllMortals, which is scheduled for release later this year through Break Silence Music. The album’s release date is under consideration.

Front man Marcos Leal address the lyrical theme of ‘All or Nothing’ and working with Sandoval in a prepared statement.

“‘All or Nothing’ was written as a challenge to myself. I knew the moment I joined Ill Nino, I would face negativity, scrutiny and possibly ridicule,” said Leal. “It caused me to question myself, and even question if I was good enough to embrace this opportunity. I challenged myself as I’m challenging all of you, what would you do if the opportunity of a lifetime was within your grasp? I chose to go ‘All or Nothing.’”

Added Leal, “I wanna thank one of my heroes, Sonny Sandoval of P.O.D. for lending his freshness to this track and being a constant inspiration.”

Sandoval, shared Leal’s positive thoughts as he talked about working with Ill Nino on the song and video.

“Like P.O.D., ILL NIÑO have always incorporated their culture, roots and heritage into their music and sound, which have set them apart in this metal scene for over two decades,” said Sandoval. “It was my honor and privilege to have contributed to this record. After knowing them for 20 years now, I don’t know why we didn’t do this sooner.”

The video for ‘All or Nothing’ features Ill Nino and Sandoval performing the band’s new single in what is meant to resemble an alleyway in an urban setting, what with the graffiti on the wall behind the band. That imagery pairs with visuals of an Hispanic woman praying, a factory, and information about the role of immigrants in America perhaps equating Leal’s comments about taking a major chance in life to what Immigrants do every day.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘All or Nothing’ takes listeners back to Ill Nino’s infancy, with its sharp guitars, driving vocals and heavy bass. It sounds like it would fit well in the band’s 2001 debut album, Revolution, Revolucion.

‘All or Nothing’ will be available to stream and download by itself beginning May 14.

Courtesy: Ill Nino

In other news, Ill Nino is scheduled to launch the “Ill Texas Familia Tour” in July. The tour is scheduled to run from July 8-11 and September 11-12. The tour’s information is noted below. King 810, Upon a Burning Body, Incite, Evolution Empire, and Born in Blood are scheduled to join the band for the brief run.

ILL NIÑO tour dates:

July 8 – Corpus Christi, TX – Brewster Street

July 9 – Austin, TX – Come and Take It Live

July 10 – El Paso, TX – Rock House *Also feat. Upon A Burning Body

July 11 – Lubbock, TX – Jake’s Sports Cafe

September 11 – Orlando FL – Warlando *Festival

September 12 – Lynchburg, VA – Blueridge Rockfest *Festival

Ill Nino will join the likes of Limp Bizkit, Five Finger Death Punch, P.O.D., and Sevenust at the noted festival shows.

More information on Ill Nino’s new single, video, and tour is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

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Lukas Rossi Debuts ‘Summertime’ Video

Courtesy: Lukas Rossi/O’Donnell Media Group

Platinum-selling singer-songwriter Lukas Rossi is doing his part to bring some joy back to everyone’s lives even amid everything happening.

Rossi debuted the video for his latest single ‘Summertime‘ Friday.  The song is the title track from his latest album, which he released last month independently.  The song’s musical arrangement is an upbeat, catchy composition that is a good fit for any Top 40 pop station’s play list with its steady beat, keyboards and harmonies.

The song is streaming by itself here.

The noted musical arrangement accompanies its lyrical content well.  Rossi discussed the song’s lyrical theme in a recent interview, nothing, “‘Summertime,’ is a fun, upbeat summer anthem that will appeal to listeners of all ages,” he said. “It’s all about having a good time and trying to enjoy the simple things in life. Something I think we’re all trying to do during these crazy times we’re living in.”

Additionally, Rossi discussed the video, which features cameo appearances from celebrities, such as members of P.O.D. and Three Days Grace, Joey Fatone (NSync) and Grammy Award-winning musician Chris Perez.

“While video production had begun well before the struggles of late, the support from family and friends helped it all come together,” said Rossi. “What started as a few calls for involvement quickly evolved into dozens and dozens of artists from all walks of life eager to climb onboard, wanting nothing more than to help people take comfort in music and to make each other smile. The resulting video is an amazing collaboration heralding a resounding theme of hope, unity, friends and family and the bonds that connect us all.”

In related news, a portion of proceeds from the sale of Rossi’s new single will benefit the charity organization Ferrari Kid.  The agency lets children who are battling cancer spend a day living the life of a celebrity.

Rossi, who won CBS’ singing competition show Rock Star Supernova in 2006, released his solo debut record Hollywood in 2010.  After winning the TV karaoke contest, it allowed him to front a band composed of Tommy Lee (Motley Crue), Jason Newsted (Metallica) and Gilby Clark (Guns N’ Roses).  The group toured the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand in 2007.

More information on Lukas Rossi’s new single and video is available along with all of this latest news at:

 

Website: http://www.lukasrossi.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/LukasRossiOfficial

Twitter: http://twitter.com/lukasrossi

 

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Nonpoint Debuts ‘Wheel Against Will’ Video

Courtesy: Spinefarm Records

Nonpoint released its latest music video this week.

The band debuted the video for its latest single ‘Wheel Against Will‘ on Wednesday. The song is the fourth single to be released from the band’s new album X since the album’s release on Aug. 24 via Spinefarm Records.

The band debuted the album’s first two singles, ‘Chaos & Earthquakes‘ and ‘Dodge Your Destiny‘ in June. The album’s third single ‘Fix This‘ debuted only weeks later in July via Loudwire, while the official video for ‘Chaos & Earthquakes’ followed in August.

The new ‘Wheel Against Will’ video places the up-tempo opus and its seeming sociopolitical commentary against a visualization of the band at work in the studio.  Mixed into the video is footage of front man Elias Soriano up close and personal reciting the song’s lyrics while friends recite the song’s chorus and drummer Robb Rivera practices his part in what looks like a hotel room.

Eagle-eyed audiences will note Rivera sporting a Machine Head pullover in some of the scenes as a bonus of sorts.  It is not known if these scenes were shot before or after Machine Head announced its breakup over the summer.

Nonpoint is currently wrapping its tour with P.O.D., which is touring in support of its own new album, Circles.  The remaining live dates on the bands’ tour are noted below.

NONPOINT ON TOUR:
12/11: Lynchburg, VA @ Phase 2
12/12: Greensboro, NC @ Cone Denim
12/14: Destin, FL @ Radio Show Club LA

More information on Nonpoint’s new video is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

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P.O.D. Off To A Strong Start At Its New Label With Its Latest Album

Courtesy: Mascot Records

Veteran rock band Payable on Death (P.O.D.) returns with its 10th full-length studio recording Circles next month.  The 11-song offering is the band’s first for its new label home, Mascot Records, and is overall, another strong effort from the San Diego, California-based band.  That is evidenced through its musical and lyrical content, which offers plenty for the band’s more seasoned fans and its new fans alike to appreciate.  The album’s lead single and album opener ‘Rockin’ With The Best’ is just one of the compositions that supports that statement, and will be discussed shortly.  ‘Fly Away,’ which serves as the record’s midpoint, is another clear example of what makes Circles another interesting offering from P.O.D.  It will be discussed a little bit later.  ‘Soundboy Killa’ is one more example of what makes this record interesting.  It will also be discussed later.  When this trio of songs is considered along with the deeply contemplative ‘Dreaming,’ the equally powerful ‘Panic Attack’ and the band’s tribute to its home town, ‘Always Southern California’ and the rest of the album’s featured works, the record in whole proves to be another welcome offering from P.O.D. and a strong start for the band on its new label home.

P.O.D.’s forthcoming album Circles is another welcome effort from the veteran rap/rock band, and a strong start for the band at its new label home, Mascot Records.  It offers plenty for the band’s most seasoned fans and its newer audiences alike to appreciate both musically and lyrically.  This is proven in part through the record’s opener and lead single, ‘Rockin’ With The Best.’  In regards to its musical content, the song is classic P.O.D. that takes listeners back to the band’s 1999 major label debut The Fundamental Elements of Southtown.  That is especially evident in the guitar riff and drums exhibited in the song’s chorus.  When they couple with front man Sonny Sandoval’s vocal delivery, the combination of those elements, and the song’s bass line, the whole creates that familiar, infectious sound.  The more contemplative sound of the verses makes Sandovals confident statements all the more powerful.  When it couples with that harder-edged sound in the chorus, the end result is a composition that is certain to become a fan favorite if it has not already done so.

The juxtaposition of the song’s contemplative verses and its more energetic chorus partners well with the song’s lyrical content, which comes across as its own sort of battle rap, courtesy of Sandoval.  Sandoval writes in the lead verse, “Let us begin/What, where, why or when/I take offense to pussycats hangin’ in the lion’s den/All trends, 2nd hand versions/A knock off imitation, my ace in the wind/I remember when/When this music meant something/And these rappers weren’t frontin’, but now they’re all bluffing/Not about nothing/No resume and no dues/Nobody heard KRS/He was speaking to you/”In about 4 seconds, a teacher will begin to speak”/So take it from me/All I need is a bass line/Feedback from a guitar and I’ll dead ‘em all with one rhyme.”  Sandoval leaves little to guess here. He is addressing the current crop of young rappers who he says have done nothing to get to where they are.  He continues to make his case in the song’s second verse, explaining to listeners, “Everybody and they mommy know who cold rocks the party” along with plenty more verbage.  The whole of the verses, and of course the chorus, in which he and his band mates state, “Now you’re rockin’ with the best,” makes the song a strong start for this record.  It shows a battle rap doesn’t have to drop names and make personal attacks in order to make a confident statement.  When this is considered along with the song’s equally well thought out musical arrangement, the whole of the song proves a clear example of what makes Circles another positive effort from P.O.D.  It is of course just one of the songs that serves this purpose.  The far more contemplative ‘Fly Away’ is another example of Circles’ positive presentation.

‘Fly Away’ is another key addition to Circles because it is powerful through a far more reserved musical and lyrical approach.  Musically speaking, the song will appeal to fans of 311, Sublime, Sugar Ray and other similar acts through its reggae-rock hybrid sound.  What is really interesting here is that the arrangement alone is infectious.  There is no denying this.  When it is coupled with the song’s deeply moving lyrical theme, that infectious sound creates a whole new identity for the arrangement; an identity that will easily tug at listeners’ heart strings.  The lyrical theme is one of someone going through a difficult situation and just wants to get to a better place.  Sandoval writes here from that person’s perspective, “So who are you to say what life is like/That life is good/I bet whoever said it never walked up in my hood/So, I wish you would/And maybe you should/You should discover what is missing/Since you misunderstood/Time and time again/They keep messing with my head/So I cannot lie/I-man go mess up now and then/Don’t’ know the why yet, still I try to find my way/I asked the preacher man to show me how to pray/And so I say/If I could fly away, I would fly away/I will fly away, oh glory!”  He goes on in the song’s second verse to note that as bad as things get, “We’re all the same/Whether it’s love, whether it’s pain/Even the preacher man forgets how to pray some days.”  In other words, we all lose sight of the bigger picture in life, and we have to remind ourselves that things could be worse.  That gentle reminder, coupled with the equally gentle musical arrangement here makes this song so powerful in its own unique way.  In turn, the whole of those elements makes the song one of the record’s most important entries, though not the last of its most important elements.  ‘Soundboy Killa’ is another important addition to the album.

‘Soundboy Killa’ stands out in part because of its musical arrangement, just as with the other songs noted here.  Sandoval’s vocal delivery, joined with the work of his band mates – guitarist Marcos Curiel, bassist Traa Daniels and drummer Wuv – creates a sound that will appeal to fans of Rage Against The Machine, Audioslave and other similar acts.  Lyrically, this song is somewhat similar to ‘Rockin’ With The Best.’  That is evidenced as Sandoval raps over his band mates’ lines, “Same mic/Same Stage/I&I was born to rage/And there might be another dead boy pwon page!/These copy cats come to steal me cup/Dem ain’t real enough/Another big tune, wheel it up!/Sonny Dread number 1 Champion/Cuz you know I breaks it down in a style & fashion/So keep it moshin’ ‘cause I’m comin’ for ya neck/And every mon hit the deck when you hear me sound check.”  From here, Sandoval barely lets up if it all, reminding critics and others that the song’s subject is not letting up.  The message is one of pure confidence, reminding listeners that the subject’s work is basically audio ammunition that he will keep firing, no matter what.  It’s a strong statement that is strengthened even more by the song’s infectious musical arrangement.  When the two are coupled, they make the song one more work that is certain to be a fan favorite, and one more example of what makes Circles in whole another welcome offering from P.O.D.  What’s  more the song, when considered with the other works discussed here and the rest of the album, the whole proves the record to be a strong start for the band at its new label home.

P.O.D’s latest full-length album Circles, due out Nov. 16 via Mascot Records, is a strong new start for the band at its new label home and another welcome offering from the veteran rap rock outfit.  That is evidenced through the record’s musical arrangements and its lyrical themes, as has been discussed through the songs discussed in this review.  When they are considered along with the likes of  ‘Dreaming,’ ‘Panic Attack,’ ‘Always Southern California’ and the rest of the record’s entries, the album in whole is an offering that the band’s more seasoned listeners will appreciate just as much as newer audiences.  The band will launch a tour in support of Circles beginning Nov. 3 at the Halloween Rock Fest 2018 in San Juan Puerto Rico.  More information on that tour, the band’s album and more is available online now at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.payableondeath.com

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P.O.D. Debuts New Album’s Second Single

P.O.D. is giving audiences another preview of its new album.

The debuted the title track from its forthcoming album Circles on Thursday.  The song is the second single to be released from the record, which is currently scheduled to be released Nov. 18 via Mascot Label Group.

Courtesy: Mascot Label Group

The record’s lead single ‘Rockin’ With The Best‘ debuted Sept. 7.  Its companion video followed only five days later on Sept. 12.

In regards to its lyrical theme, ‘Circles’ tackles the topic of prescription drug abuse, according to the band.  Front man Sonny Sandoval said in an interview that its musical arrangement will appeal to a wide range of audiences.

“‘Circles,’ as the title track, and in general, is a culmination of 26 years of P.O.D.,” Sandoval said.  “Its neither old school nor new, just a sound we’re familiar with, and have helped pioneer throughout our career.  When you hear it, you know it’s P.O.D.”

Circles is P.O.D.’s 10th full-length studio recording, and the band’s first record for Mascot Label Group.  It is the band’s first record of new material since the band’s 2015 album The Awakening.

Front man Sonny Sandoval said in a written statement that the band’s approach to its new record was inclusive.

“On ‘Circles,’ we didn’t limit ourselves and say, “Hey, we need to please the metal crowd, or the hardcore crowd, or the punk crowd,”” Sandoval said.  “We just wanted to play and write songs that we hope are relevant and catchy to a new audience — while, at the same time,  still being true to ourselves.”

The album’s overall lyrical theme is one of optimism despite life’s difficulties.  As Sandoval explained: “We’re looking for answers — and we’re going to people to help us get through things — but at the same time, no one’s perfect.  Everybody’s going through stuff, and we’re all kind of on this same level and the same journey of experience and just trying to figure out our course of life.”

The album’s full track listing is noted below.

Track List 
1. Rockin’ With The Best
2. Always Southern California
3. Circles
4. Panic Attack
5. On The Radio
6. Fly Away
7. Listening For Silence
8. Dreaming
9. Domino
10. Soundboy Killa
11. Home

More information on Circles is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

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P.O.D. Debuts’ ‘Rockin’ With The Best’ Video

Courtesy: Mascot Label Group

P.O.D. has premiered the video for its new single.

The band unveiled the video for its new single ‘Rockin’ With The Best‘ on Wednesday.  the single is taken from the band’s forthcoming album Circles, due out Nov. 16 via Mascot Label Group.

Musically speaking, ‘Rockin’ With The Best’ boasts the band’s familiar rap-rock approach that also pays tribute in a sense to the likes of The Beastie Boys in the process.  Lyrically speaking, the song is just as optimistic as the rest of the album’s entries.

Circles is currently scheduled to be released Nov. 16 via Mascot Label Group.  The record will be the band’s 10th overall studio recording and its first for Mascot Label Group.  It is the band’s first album of new material since the release of 2015’s The Awakening.

Front man Sonny Sandoval said in a written statement that the band’s approach to its new record was inclusive.

“On ‘Circles,’ we didn’t limit ourselves and say, “Hey, we need to please the metal crowd, or the hardcore crowd, or the punk crowd,”” Sandoval said.  “We just wanted to play and write songs that we hope are relevant and catchy to a new audience — while, at the same time,  still being true to ourselves.”

The album’s overall lyrical theme is one of optimism despite life’s difficulties.  As Sandoval explained: “We’re looking for answers — and we’re going to people to help us get through things — but at the same time, no one’s perfect.  Everybody’s going through stuff, and we’re all kind of on this same level and the same journey of experience and just trying to figure out our course of life.”

The album’s full track listing is noted below.

Track List 
1. Rockin’ With The Best
2. Always Southern California
3. Circles
4. Panic Attack
5. On The Radio
6. Fly Away
7. Listening For Silence
8. Dreaming
9. Domino
10. Soundboy Killa
11. Home

More information on Circles is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

Websitehttp://www.payableondeath.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/POD

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/POD

 

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ShipRocked Cruise’s Fourth Year Its Biggest Yet

The annual ShipRocked cruise has officially wrapped.  This year’s cruise was the biggest yet for the annual event.  It saw a total of nearly 2,500 people on board the MSC Poesia.  The cruise featured the likes of:  Godsmack, Five Finger Death Punch, Korn, P.O.D., Sevendust, Geoff Tate, and a slew of other acts.  It was sponsored by General Suns, and was fueled by Monster Energy. 

The cruise’s record breaking attendance was just one high point for this year’s event.  Along with the band lineup and record breaking attendance, the cruise’s annual Cancer Sucks charity auction raised some $70,000 for cancer research.  The auction featured one-of-a-kind memorabilia from bands on both this year’s cruise and those bands who took part in past cruises. 

Plans are already in the works for next year’s ShipRocked cruise.  A pre-sale for returning guests will begin soon.  For all the latest on next year’s ShipRocked cruise and to sign up for the ShipRocked newsletter, audiences can go online to http://www.getshiprocked.com, http://www.facebook.com/GetShipRocked, or http://twitter.com/ShipRocked

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