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P.O.D. announce 11th album, 'Veritas'


Thu, Jan 18th 2024 06:00 pm

Out May 3 via Mascot Records; band shares video for ‘I Won't Bow Down’ – watch

Press Release

Platinum-selling rock juggernaut P.O.D. – Sonny Sandoval (vocals), Marcos Curiel (guitar) and Traa Daniels (bass) – announced their 11th album, “Veritas,” named one of the most anticipated albums of the year by Revolver. It will arrive May 3 via Mascot Records. Preorder it here.

Last fall, the band debuted the video for "Drop," which features a vicious vocal cameo from Lamb of God singer Randy Blythe. It earned quick press accolades from Metal Injection, Consequence, Revolver, Idioteq, The Pit, Yahoo! and Knotfest.

They followed with the video for equally eruptive single "Afraid To Die," featuring Jinjer vocalist Tatiana Shmayluk.

The tracks combined have garnered 7 million streams.

Now the band has shared the video for "I Won't Bow Down," yet another banger that further introduces “Veritas.” Watch it here.

"We can't wait for you all to hear the new album in its entirety," Curiel said. "We've put so much heart and soul into this recording. We are extremely proud of it. We hope to see all your beautiful faces in city near you. Thank you for your unwavering support. We love and appreciate you all."

Sandoval added, "There's a first time for everything, and the writing and recording process of this record will definitely not be the last. We might've just created our best album yet!"

"This will most likely be one of my favorite P.O.D. records," Daniels said. "There are some songs on this record that are so different from one another, but still have that P.O.D. So Cal flavor."

P.O.D. has been a band – and a vital one at that – for more than 30 years. But ask the members what still inspires them after all this time, and they'll tell you they still operate as if they're perpetual underdogs. Yes, with every new album they release, with every show they play, these musical lifers still feel they have something to prove.

"We're still here and we're still creating some of the best music we've ever made," Curiel said. "When it comes to heart, grit and soul, P.O.D. is your band." 

Sandoval added, "We're always still proving who we are – always having that punk-rock mentality."

It's this mindset, this unrelenting grit, that has long defined the Platinum-selling P.O.D., and continues to do so as they march proudly into the next era of their long-winding journey of a career. Now, nearly five years removed from their previous studio album, “Circles,” which to date has been streamed more than 50 million times and spawned the Top 25 hit "Listening to Silence," the band returns in a major way with “Veritas,” the 11th P.O.D. LP and arguably their hardest-hitting record yet. 

Lovers of all forms of music, P.O.D. have forever incorporated everything from rock to reggae, hip-hop to punk in their art.

"We flirt with so many different styles," Curiel said.

This go-round, however, P.O.D. decided to get back to the basics.

"We made a conscious decision to keep it in the rock zone this time," Sandoval said, noting there's "a certain bounce and a certain two-step" to the 11 tracks that comprise the album.

"These songs are a throwback to me and remind me of the raw unbridled energy of classic South San Diego P.O.D.," Daniels said.

Written over the course of several years, with the band typically writing a tune or two at a time in L.A. with The Heavy, “Veritas” is a cannon-shot of adrenaline to the ear drums. And for a band that has never shied away from wearing its heart on its sleeve, it's also one of the most emotionally inspired albums of the band's career.

The word “Veritas” – which translates to "Truth" in Latin – defined the emotional core of the album, and the album art further encapsulates that message: to Curiel, the “Veritas” album cover, which pictures a child with its eyes blacked out, signifies “a culmination of innocence and dark hidden truths.

P.O.D.'s audience has always been at the core of everything the band does, and to that end, their live shows remain essential to who they are. They’ve played major festivals including the Sick New World, INKcarceration and Hell and Heaven Fest, and have shared stages with the likes of KORN, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Evanescence and Seether.

Now, as they look to the future with “Veritas” as their anchor, P.O.D. are nothing if not amped about where things go from here. Well, that, and extremely grateful.

"Thirty years ago, there wasn't this end goal," Sandoval said. "It was always about the next record, the next show, the next tour. We've always enjoyed where we’re at. We're still hustling and we're still working hard."

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