Born-again Christian group P.O.D. (Payable on Death) first began playing in southern California in 1992. To their credit, they kept playing, touring, writing, recording, and releasing homemade EPs throughout the entire duration of the '90s before finally getting signed by Atlantic Records in 1998. Their major label debut, The Fundamental Elements of South town, arrived in 1998, and garnered more attention for the band than they'd ever previously experienced. Budding popularity would follow, and their 2001 effort, Satellite, exploded onto the charts in part due to the strength of its hit singles, "Youth of the Nation" and "Alive." Surprisingly, their lead guitarist and co-founder of the band, Marcos, exited the group in 2003, but the band never missed a beat and released Payable on Death soon thereafter. Their most recent effort, Testify, arrived in early 2006.
Many Christian bands take a pretty direct approach with their music, and as such it gets labeled Christian Rock, which automatically directs the path their exposure will take. P.O.D. takes a different approach, using their faith as a subtext for their music and referencing it often but not blatantly as much. The band has been able to achieve tremendous success is the alternative metal genre, leading the pack in terms of album sales and popularity. Their live shows are cram-packed with energy, and the fact that their lead guitarist, Marcos, left the group didn't slow them down at all, as evidenced by the two strong albums they've had since then. Just remember: you don't actually have to die to experience this band's music. They'll let you 'pay up' now.