Listen to P.O.D.’s new song “Criminal Conversations” featuring Maria Brink of In This Moment. “Criminal Conversations” appears on P.O.D.’s forthcoming The Awakening album out August 21st. Watch P.O.D. share about the making of “Criminal Conversations ft. Maria Brink” here.

Long known for carrying the hard rock torch with a positive message, P.O.D. are looking forward to sharing The Awakening with fans around the world. The album travels on a journey based on the good and bad choices of a central character, exploring the consequences of his decisions.

“The Awakening is meant to be listened to in its entirety,” says P.O.D. singer and lyricist Sonny Sandoval. “Every song ultimately explores a character dealing with life, making mistakes, fighting, trying. But we also live in a singles-type world, and it works on that level, too.”

Sonically, each track benefited from the band’s years of studio and stage experience. “I used to want to put as many tracks of guitar on the record as I could, because I thought that’s what you did,” says guitarist Marcos Curiel. “But as I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized that the more space you’re letting in with all the instruments, everything breathes and has an energy and a vibe.”

“The Awakening is definitely an evolution from where we’ve come from,” says bassist Traa Daniels. “It’s this amazing piece of art that we’ve been able to put together as four guys who are like brothers; this is really special.”

“I feel this is like a pivotal moment for P.O.D.,” says drummer Wuv Bernardo. “It’s more than just ‘Man, we just went in the studio and did a record…’ The urgency of our band, as far as how serious we are putting this kind of material in there and the way that we did it, blows my mind. I am proud of these guys, of us.”

The Awakening releases August 21st.


Have you been following our exclusive #7WeeksofPOD series where JesusWired contributor Topher Parks is counting down his Top 50 P.O.D. songs? If not, you can catch up at the links directly below.

Read Parts 1 through 5 here:
Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5

Once you’ve caught up, feel free to let us/Topher know what you think of his list so far in the comments below each article. After all, what’s an opinion that can’t be expressed? Connect with us on social media to further the conversation with the hashtag “#7WeeksOfPOD.”


Our review of The Awakening is being posted tomorrow so keep an eye out for that!

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