“… rather than coming off as religious blowhards, P.O.D. still just seem like exuberant West Coast hip-hop punks, emboldened by scripture and still riding high on positive vibes while making a play for their perfect girl, as on the infectious ‘Bad Boy’. Sonny [Sandoval, vocalist] sings, “I like the girl with the big ol' eyes/Cuz I can see her mind, body and soul harmonize”, and later, “You know that I’m a bad boy but I wanna good girl/To share my world and show you how I do it”. Ultimately, sharing their world is what P.O.D. do best and that’s what ‘Murdered Love’ is all about,” [wrote Matt Collar, AllMusic – more here]
‘Murdered Love’, P.O.D.'s eight album released in July 2012 on Razor & Tie Records, debuted at number 17 on the Billboard Top 200, with sales of over 16,000 copies in the USA in its first week. Produced by Howard Benson, engineered by Mike Plotnikoff, Paul DeCarli and Hatsukazu Inagaki, mixed by Jay Baumgardner, and mastered by John Franck and Brad Blackwood, the album came equipped with art by (a twice Grammy-nominee for his artwork) DEMON HUNTER's Ryan Clark. ‘Murdered Love’ features guest vocalists JAMEY JASTA (on ‘Eyez’) and CYPRESS HILL's Sen Dog (on ‘West Coast Rock Steady’). P.O.D. have previously released three videos in promotion of the CD; Ramon Boutviseth-directed ‘Murdered Love’, featuring guest appearance from rapper Sick Jacken of PSYCHO REALM, drummer Wuv Bernardo-directed ‘On Fire’ and ‘Lost In Forever’, directed by Spence Nicholson. All three video clips are available for your viewing pleasure below. In case your usual record store runs out of ‘Murdered Love’, get the album via Amazon or iTunes
P.O.D. (or Payable On Death), is an American rap/metal band formed in 1992; the band's line-up consists of vocalist Sonny Sandoval, drummer Wuv Bernardo, guitarist Marcos Curiel, and bassist Traa Daniels. P.O.D. have thus far released seven studio albums and have sold over 10 million records worldwide. Over the course of their career, the band has received three Grammy Award nominations, has contributed to numerous motion picture soundtracks and has toured the world many times over.