It was early in my high school years that I discovered THE band that turned me to the dark side. P.o.D (Payable On Death) was the starting point of my metal culture at the age of 14.

Since then, I’ve never tired of listening to Satellite or Murdered Love, my favorite albums by the Californian quartet. The last two albums, The Awakening and Circles, released in 2015 and 2018 respectively, lost me a little, but I didn’t despair of rediscovering the ardor of their previous records.

It seems my patience has finally paid off. Today a new single entitled “DROP” was released, accompanied by a music video. Barely three minutes long, it’s short but effective, and full of the energy typical of those nu metal bands that were so successful in the 90s, and of which I’ve always been a fan. The little bonus of this daring new release is the appearance of Lamb of God singer Randy Blythe, whose voice sits perfectly over P.o.D.’s explosive riffs.

We find Sonny Sandoval on vocals, Marcos Curiel on guitar and Traa Daniels on bass. On the other hand, I’m a little disappointed to see that, with this video and the new trio promo photos, the band seems to be confirming the departure of Wuv Bernardo, who has been on drums since the band’s inception in 1992. One of my favorite drummers for his groove, liveliness and gestures. To be continued…

P.o.D tours a lot in America, but they rarely come to Europe. I’ve had the opportunity to see them twice near Paris, at the Forum de Vauréal, in 2013 and again in 2019. Many thanks to the organizers of these two dates, which will remain forever engraved in my memory. Their next trip to our side of the Atlantic is scheduled for spring 2024, with three dates in the UK with Welsh band Skindred.

Maybe a little trip to England can be great at this time of year…