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P.O.D. a must see! Rock on The Range Preview

Three-time Grammy Award nominees, P.O.D. will be among the 30-plus bands featured at this year’s annual Rock On The Range festival May 18-20 at Columbus Crew Stadium.

Incubus, Rob Zombie, Shinedown, Marilyn Manson, Five Finger Death Punch, Megadeth and more will be at event which is now in its sixth year. Reunited arena rockers The Darkness, rap veterans Cypress Hill, “American Idol” finalist James Durbin and guitar hero Slash are also on tap to rock the Range.

Tickets for the event on sale now and are available through Ticketmaster.

P.O.D., or Payable on Death, is a Christian 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. The group has released seven studio albums and has sold over 10 million records worldwide.

According to the band’s Web site, the band’s name derives itself from the Christian doctrine that how an individual lives their life on Earth determines their eternal destination. Each one of the band members considers their Christian faith an important part of their group’s music and message.

The band’s style has evolved over the years, from the rap metal sound on their early albums to the nu metal and reggae-infusedalternative metal styles for which they’re known for currently. The group list its musical influences as SantanaBad BrainsBob MarleyMetallicaRage Against the MachineBeastie BoysBlack FlagFaith No MoreJane’s AddictionLiving ColourRed Hot Chili PeppersSepultura and Suicidal Tendencies.

Columbia Records Chairman and former AC/DC manager Steve Barnett said P.O.D has an important role in today’s music world.

“P.O.D. is an exciting and an important band with an expansive musical vision and a powerful message for our times,” Barnett said.

The band’s latest album, “When Angels & Serpents Dance,” is a combination of alternative rockreggae rock and Latin-influenced metal with almost none of the rap metal or nu metal sound of their older releases.

They are currently back in the studio recording their eighth studio album with famed record producer Howard Benson who also produced tracks for Three Doors Down, Kelly Clarkson, Creed, Papa Roach, among others, and are set to embark on the Rock Allegiance Tour in August and September with Buckcherry, Papa Roach and Puddle of Mud after performing at the Rock On The Range in May.

With a 15-year career under their belts, P.O.D. has logged a remarkable array of achievements, including a series of chart topping radio hits, and an unprecedented four #1 MTV videos. The band has also contributed to countless film soundtracks including: “Little Nicky,” “Lara Croft – Tomb Raider,” “A Man Apart,” “Any Given Sunday,” “Blue Crush,” and “Biker Boyz” to name a few.  P.O.D. has also sold-out international concert tours and supported the likes of Green Day, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Kid Rock, and Cypress Hill.

Upcoming dates for P.O.D include tour dates in Australia and New Zealand April 6-11 before heading back to the United States April 28 for a performance in Tampa, Fla.; followed by a performance in Jacksonville, Fla., on April 29 then off to a May 5 performance in Rockingham, N.C.

Mark A. Claffey/ Columbus Wired

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