Smoothly launched their fourth full-length album under Atlantic, “Testify”, on January 24, 2006 as the follow-up of their “The Warriors EP, Volume 2”, P.O.D. seems very prepared to mark their comeback on the major music scene as they have already settled on conducting their European promo tour in mid February and U.S. tour by the end of March. January itself has really turned out to be a great month for this rapcore band if looking on their continuous appearances on TV, beginning with an excellent performance in singing unprecedented 5 tunes on MTV's TRL to the NBC's popular programs of “Tonight Show with Jay Leno” plus “Last Call with Carson Daly” scheduled to be aired on the last two days of January. Set eyes to headline The Rolling Stones' concert series slated to be held on February 11 in Aspen, Colorado, the band apparently has no difficulty to continue their well-maintained path in music industry then.
Originated in the tough urban environment of San Diego, California, the band's very beginning could be tracked years ago when two high school students named Noah "Wuv" Bernardo, Jr. and Marcos Curiel discovered that they shared similar musical interests and influences not long after being introduced to each other by a friend. With Marcos covering guitar also vocals and Wuv playing the drums, the twosome started jamming together to later display their skills casually at some house parties in the neighborhood for a mere fun. As time went by, however, both of them became really serious in developing their group and thus decided to add more personnel, asking Wuv's cousin Paul "Sonny" Sandoval (born on May 16, 1974 in San Ysidro, California), who at that time was still a member of a hip-hop group called Unlicensed Product, to be the band's vocalist.
Finally took shape in 1992 under the name P.O.D., which stands for Payable on Death, with the inclusion of Gabriel "Gabe" Portillo as the bassist, these optimistic guys began to work together in building the way to local music scene through some gigs around San Diego area to then perform as Green Day's opening act on a show held for New Year's Eve 1993. Gained initial notice with their first work, “Snuff the Punk”, which was released in 1994 under their own label, Rescue Records, the band satisfyingly grew their status when they managed to land the same stints for the likes of Cypress Hill, H.R., Pennywise, and The Vandals, but this early success sadly was tainted by a crack in its lineup upon Gabe's departure in the same year. Fortunately, Mark Traa Daniels came in to take the vacant seat offered by the rest members after they saw his performance at The Whisky in Los Angeles.
Continued their journey, P.O.D. afterwards soared to more public attention when their next effort, “Brown” (1996), managed to sell over 30,000 copies, subsequently led them to receive numerous propitious record deals from major labels in the country, including Atlantic Records to which they finally signed by August 1998. With their unusual combination of solid hard-rock, hip-hop, Latin and reggae grooves, plus Christian beliefs, debut album “The Fundamental Elements of Southtown” (1999) gloriously encountered a tremendous sale over one million copies to later be certified Platinum by RIAA, bringing the band to the surface of mainstream scene nationally. However, it was their sophomore work, “Satellite”, that truly catapulted them to widespread recognition, thanks to the popularity of its track, “Alive”, which already became a radio rock hit by the time the album touched the market on September 11, 2001, even was nominated for Best Hard Rock Performance category at Grammy Awards a year later.
Amazingly scored triple Platinum in August 2002, “Satellite” brilliantly made its way to break into the top 10 of 4 Billboard charts, particularly that of The Billboard 200 on the 6th rank, while also spawned other smash hits, like “Boom” and “Youth of the Nation”, the latter being the number-one song on Billboard Modern Rock Tracks. More remarkably, “Youth of the Nation” directed the quartet to once more become the Grammy Awards nominee, this time for Best Hard Rock Performance along with another of Best Metal Performance through the song “Portrait” in 2003. Amid this fabulous attainment, the band once again had to lose one of its members for founder Marcos Curiel concluded to quit by February 2003 as a result of spiritual differences and his busy activities in his side project, The Accident Experiment, but eventually they found his replacement in Jason Truby, the former guitarist of Living Sacrifice. With this new formation, P.O.D. then launched their third album, “Payable On Death”, in the same year, followed by the release of “The Warriors EP, Volume 2”, which featured some demo songs from their fourth major album as a tribute to their fans, on November 15, 2005.