Thursday, September 10, 2015

CD Review: Heavy Metal Band P.O.D. Look To Reclaim Their Glory With "The Awakening"

After a two year hiatus, Christian metal band P.O.D. (Payable On Death) have returned strong to release their tenth studio album entitled "The Awakening" on August 21st through T-Boy Records in association with Universal Music Enterprise. It debuted at #75 on the Billboard Albums chart and #3 on the Billboard Christian Albums chart. It is considered a grand concept album running along the same lines as Pink Floyd's "The Wall" and Queensryche's "Operation: Mindcrime," living with the decisions one makes in everyday life and dealing with the mistakes they make.
 
The new ten-song release begins with what sounds like tragic new clips, which leads into the hard rock chorus of "Am I Awake" as the heavy metal guitar sounds and thunderous drumming begin to take over. The energy picks up with the shout out loud lyrics of the album's lead single "This Goes Out To You," before slowing down the tempo for "Criminal Conversations," which features a guest appearance from vocalist Maria Brink ( from In This Moment). The Nu-Metal appeal of "Somebody's Trying To Kill Me" feels a little dated, but the energy of "Get Down" and "Speed Demon" pick the intensity back up. While the idea of a concept album benefits from listening from beginning to end, there are certain tracks that can definitely stand strong on their own.
 
P.O.D. have begun a two-month tour that will see them share the stage with Insane Clown Posse in October. To find out more about their new album "The Awakening," please visit payableondeath.com.

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