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While they play around with the infectious grooves of reggae} and Latin} music as well as the heavy deliverance of hip-hop} and rock}, San Diego's hard rock} four-piece P.O.D.} has defined a universal message. They're born-again Christians and their faith takes a central place in their music.

Formed in 1992 in the SoCal neighborhood of San Ysidro, Marcos} (guitar) and Wuv} (drums) relished the music they grew up on. San Ysidro or "Southtown" was a multicultural area, but working class. While Marcos} and Wuv} were fond of their jazz} and reggae} roots, they were young punks in the making. Both loved the gnarl of grunge} and took to liking Green Day}, Pennywise}, Bad Brains}, and the Vandals}. They got a band together, P.O.D.} (short for "Payable on Death"), with Wuv}'s hip-hop} MC cousin, Sonny}, and aimed for something real. Cleveland native Traa} joined in 1993 and P.O.D.} were on the map.

Throughout the 1990s, P.O.D.} played countless shows across the nation and sold more than 40,000 copies of their three homemade EPs -- Brown}, Snuff the Punk}, and P.O.D. Live} -- on their own Rescue Records}. Atlantic Records} was intrigued by the group's hard-working ethic and passion for music, inking a deal with P.O.D.} in 1998. The Warriors} EP preceded the major-label debut of P.O.D.}'s 1999 release, The Fundamental Elements of Southtown}. "Southtown"} and "Rock the Party (Off the Hook)"} were powerful singles, pushing the album to go platinum. P.O.D.} earned top honors for Best Hard Rock} or Metal} Group, Album of the Year, and Song of the Year for "Rock the Party (Off the Hook)"} at the 1999 San Diego Music Awards as well.

A year later and with the buzz still going, P.O.D.} hit the road with Ozzfest 2000} and shared dates with Crazy Town} and Staind} for the MTV Campus Invasion} tour. They also ventured into films, contributing several songs to various soundtracks}. "School of Hard Knocks"} proved successful in the Adam Sandler} comedy} Little Nicky} in 2001, whereas additional tracks featured in the Al Pacino} sports thriller Any Given Sunday} and Ready to Rumble} maintained P.O.D.}'s growing status. A second album for Atlantic}, Satellite}, was recorded with Howard Benson} in spring 2001. Benson} captured the magic once again, for P.O.D.}'s stature exploded later that year, hot on the heels of the spiritual chaos of debut single "Alive."} "Youth of the Nation"} scored again for P.O.D.}, as its positive mix of hip-hop}, reggae}, and hardcore punk} defined a different kind of rock} next to the likes of Kid Rock}, Limp Bizkit}, and Korn}.

Controversy hit the P.O.D.} camp in 2003 when founding guitarist Marcos} left the band. However, P.O.D.} were soon back on track, tapping ex-Living Sacrifice} guitarist Jason Truby} as a replacement and recording the Satellite} follow-up Payable on Death}. Heavy touring followed, and stretched all the way into late 2004. Early the next year, P.O.D.} reconvened in the studio, this time with Glen Ballard} behind the board, and the Top Ten hit Testify} appeared in early 2006. ~ MacKenzie Wilson, All Music Guide

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