Snuff the Punk

very poor


by Sean Rizzo USER (32 Reviews)
August 30th, 2008 | 18 replies

Release Date: 1994 | Tracklist

Not many people know of P.O.D.’s early days, and the ones that do probably think 1996's Brown is the band’s debut. You may be surprised to find out the band has been around since 1992, and the 1994 debut Snuff the Punk was released well before they started using any sort of subtlety in their Christian message (see album title and artwork). They jumped ship on the hard rock/rap metal sound that was popular at the time, and unfortunately it resulted in a mindless version of a sound that already has aged terribly. There is nothing memorable on the entire album, not even to a point where it’s worth getting if you’re a fan and/or completist of the band. You can’t really blame their intentions though; they were capitalizing on what was popular at the time while putting their message to it, not to mention taking their first shot at recording what was essentially a rough draft of their sound.

You can pretty much take the saying “don’t judge a book by its cover” and throw it out the window. One glance at the cover art of the angel punching a demon, or at the track listing paints you a very accurate picture of the music (and lyrics) contained on the disc. Little to no variation is found here; you get an intro, usually made up of a few plucks of clean guitar, the main riff that’s usually just a distorted version of the intro melody, a rapped verse with the bass and drums taking forefront, an energetic chorus with shouted vocals and the main riff playing, a bridge and then finally a repeated chorus. All of this is done with a very straightforward Limp Bizkit-esque formula. Sonny’s vocals at the time were pretty undeveloped, and paired with the poor production, the vocals just sound awful. The guitar is what you hear more than anything, and it gets very tiring because all it is is power chords strummed to a rap beat layed down by drummer Wuv. The bass is almost non-existent, but when the rare moment you can hear it comes around, it’s usually pretty solid funk-based playing. Bassist Traa’s low end is easily the standout element musically of the record, and even then it’s nothing special, just a little more interesting than the rest of the band.

If you’re turned off by preachy lyrics, there’s no question that you’ll want to stay clear away from this one. Sonny’s lyrics usually border on the point of praise and worship, but the worst part about it is that no effort whatsoever was made to be relevant at the time. I mean, there’s only a small crowd that this kind of blatant message would appeal to, and since it is so outdated musically, chances are most of that audience would never want to sit through it. There’s a couple of ballads on here, but that’s the closest thing to getting a break from the very mindless music you’re going to get; every song is a foreshadowing of the “rapcore” part of nu metal that reached its prime a couple years later, with a very blatant message to match it.

With all that said, this isn’t a completely awful record. There’s not much P.O.D. could screw up here with the primitive sound they chose to play. It’s very catchy, and has loads of pop appeal. All Snuff the Punk really is is an older version of the current P.O.D., except they didn’t venture anywhere near genres other than hard rock and rap metal until the breakout release The Fundamental Elements of Southtown. This is a very raw, stripped down version of the band you know today, but it’s also a version that didn’t know the first thing about what made an album have any lasting appeal whatsoever. The band eventually found their niche with their newer releases, implementing hooks and singing, both of which are completely absent on this album. Unless you’re interested in exploring the band’s roots, it’s really not worth it to even download this; your iPod needs the room for something you’ll listen to. While it’s not completely abysmal, Snuff the Punk is a very dated and underdeveloped debut nonetheless that has the music to support that urge to stay far away when you see the cover art.

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Comments:Add a Comment 
August 30th 2008


the sad thing is this band still isn't outside the 1-2 star range.

still, good review.

August 30th 2008


Album Rating: 1.0

southtown is a good record; i think it's miles ahead of satellite which is supposed to be their best.

and thanks

August 30th 2008


lol the cover

August 30th 2008


Album Rating: 1.5

P.O.D. became my favorite band when I purchased their then newest album The Fundamental Elements of Southtown when I was in 5th grade.

August 30th 2008


Good review but i've never heard anything from the band.

August 30th 2008


Thats probably a good thing.

Digging: Chief Keef - Sorry 4 The Weight

August 30th 2008


[QUOTE=review]they were taking their first shot at recording, and they were simply playing what was popular at the time and putting their message to it.
that's an interesting way of putting it

August 30th 2008


some of their newer stuff isn't actually that bad for radio-rock, but the religiousness of it all just puts me right off. i wasn't particularly considering checking this out, but this excellent review has succeeded in making sure i don't!

August 30th 2008


Album Rating: 1.0

that's an interesting way of putting it
dammit there's always at least one awkwardly worded sentence. /editing

August 30th 2008



August 30th 2008


Album Rating: 1.0

kage: that statement is fixed now

August 31st 2008


Album Rating: 1.0

Oh my god, why are they still trying?!

August 31st 2008


Good review IamInsect. I found this for 3$ about 7 -8 years and I liked it at one point. Then I found FEoS and this album became the most uncool piece of music ever hahahaha. This Message Edited On 08.31.08

Digging: Leviathan - Scar Sighted

August 7th 2009


Album Rating: 1.5

I went through a P.O.D. phase a few months ago, and was excited to listen to this again because I had fond memories of liking it in middle school.

I have no idea what the hell I was thinking. Sure, there are a few good riffs/breakdown-y parts, but overall this album is pretty horrid. Of course, when I liked this album, I also thought the cover art was ultra badass, so that should tell you something about my mindset at that point.

Still, I'm never selling my copy of this or any other P.O.D. album. They were the first band I was ever obsessed with, so they'll always have a special place in my heart.

Staff Reviewer
August 7th 2009


Album Rating: 1.5

P.O.D fucking rules man, this album, though, sucks

December 5th 2009


Haha, I completely forgot about this album.. a friend of mine had it in high school but i remember it being extremely simplistic and generic. Southtown was ok, minus the overtly religious lyrics.

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December 5th 2009


southtown was my favorite

July 10th 2012


Album Rating: 2.5

Run and Every Knee are good songs. They're not perfectly executed but you can hear the talent.

Actually, talent is the wrong word. They have their moments of creativity.

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