P.O.D. (Payable On Death) is an American rock band formed in 1992. The band's line-up consists of vocalist Sonny Sandoval, drummer Wuv Bernardo, guitarist Marcos Curiel, and bassist Traa Daniels. They have released seven studio albums and have sold over nine million records worldwide. Over the course of their career, the band have also received six Grammy Award nominations, made numerous motion picture soundtracks and toured internationally.
With their third studio album, The Fundamental Elements of Southtown, they achieved their initial mainstream success; the album was certified Platinum by the RIAA in 2000. Their following studio album, Satellite, continued the band's success with the hit singles, "Alive" and "Youth of the Nation", pushing it to go 3x platinum.
While the exact date of the formation of P.O.D. is unknown, friends Marcos Curiel and Wuv Bernardo engaged in jam sessions in a band called Eschatos, without a vocalist sometime in the early 1990s. After his mother's fatal illness, Sonny Sandoval converted to Christianity and was asked by his cousin, Wuv Bernardo, to join P.O.D. as a way to keep his mind straight as mentioned on their DVD, Still Payin' Dues. Traa Daniels joined the band in 1994 when they needed a bassist for a concert, to replace Gabe Portillo, who appeared in the original demo tape. P.O.D. signed with a relatively unknown rock label, Rescue Records, and released three albums under the label between 1994 and 1997, Snuff the Punk, Brown and Payable on Death Live.
Shortly after the release of Payable on Death Live, Essential Records offered P.O.D. a $100,000 recording contract, but Sonny Sandoval spoke for them all when he politely but firmly told band manager Tim Cook to decline the offer because, “God has a bigger plan for P.O.D.” In 1998, A&R rep John Rubeli from Atlantic Records caught a show at The Roxy on the Sunset Strip, and the band was quickly signed to a major-label deal. P.O.D. soon released The Warriors EP, a tribute EP to their loyal fans as a transitional album from Rescue Records to Atlantic Records.
* Snuff the Punk (1994)
* Brown (1996)
* Payable on Death Live (1997)
* The Warriors EP (1999)
* The Fundamental Elements of Southtown (1999)
* Satellite (2001)
* Payable on Death (2003)
* The Warriors EP, Volume 2 (2005)
* Testify (2006)
* Greatest Hits: The Atlantic Years (2006)
* When Angels & Serpents Dance (2008)