P.O.D.
Testify


3.5
great

Review

by Joe Shadduck USER (17 Reviews)
February 11th, 2006 | 65 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist


In 2001, P.O.D. put out Satellite, a stellar nu-metal album with uplifting, spiritually inclined lyrics, aggressive rapping and screaming, melodic choruses, and eiry guitar riffs. That was the album that got me listening to very heavy music of any kind, and the only reason I haven't yet reviewed it is because I feel that I'd be unable to give it an unbiased review (meaning, it's an undisputed classic to me, and probably always will be). Then came the album Payable On Death. As most P.O.D. fans know, it was less than amazing, and some go so far as to say its terrible. While I don't agree, it certainly was a major step down from Satellite, mostly due to the absense of guitarist Marcos and replacement with Truby. Truby, while moderately skilled, simply did not live up to Marcos in the creativity department, which left most of Payable On Death sounding dreary and even boring. Since then, POD has entered a 3-year era of silence. Now, they have released Testify, which was produced by Glen Ballard and contains some of the best POD tunes yet. It's not all roses, though, and it's certainly not Setellite.

Sonny-Vocals
Truby-Guitar
Wuv-Drums
Traa-Bass
Glen Ballard-keyboards

While most of Payable On Death consisted of melody-driven songs, Testify immediately returns to POD's nu-metal roots. As such, the first track is appropriately titled "Roots In Stereo". Featuring reggae-style verses with a slick chorus, the song makes a great opener for the album and immediately gave me high hopes about the rest of it. Indeed, it seemd that POD was combining the best elements of Payable On Death and Satellite, with "Boom"-styles songs such as Lights Out and more melodic rock songs such as "If You Could See Me Now". Also is a distinctly new and original element in the band's songwriting, as "Sounds Like War", "This Time", and a few other tracks feature keyboards and synths. Good stuff. Behind it all is typical POD lyrics, with clever lines like "If you don't stand for something you stand for nothing". The album title "Testify" basically sums up what the lyrics are all about, and POD is testifying their evangelical Christian attitue more than ever before.

With all those things going for this album, why is it getting a less-than-spectacular score from me? Well, this album reminds me a whole lot of Meteora by Linkin Park. The first time through, the tunes are spectacular and I'm thinking it may become one of my favorite CD's ever. But, like Meteora, the incredibly catchy songs are almost TOO catchy. After 3 or 4 listens, the song is old, and what was once spectacular now feels like a dried out fruit, a raisin that was once a juicy grape. That's the problem with nu-metal. it's so refreshingly original, yet so un-original at the same time. I find that the more agressive and angst-driven songs have a much longer lifespan (Sounds Like War, Lights Out, Mistakes and Glories, Mark My Words). The rest of the songs, while well-written, lose their fervor and die after a few times around.

Where Satellite won out with hard, melody-driven rock, Testify fails with too much melody, if that's possible. That said, its MUCH, MUCH better than Payable On Death. Fans of POD owe it to themselves to get this album, just don't bend over backwards doing so. It's good, but not that good.

Okay, had enough paradoxes today? lol



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joebass
February 11th 2006


25 Comments


I think POD has gone down after The Fundamental Elements Of Southtown. Satellite was very boring and seemed like their attempt to cross into more mainstream attention, and it worked so they kept getting a little more mainstream, which is perhaps why Marcos left, which took a lot of creative force out of the band. I'm sure if they focus on playing creative music instead of a check then they could probably make some really good music, but for now its just...meh.

Also check out their first two independent albums, they're superb

Aakon_Keetreh
February 11th 2006


448 Comments


i havent listened to this band in ages

NEDM
February 13th 2006


1113 Comments


I saw them with Linkin Park on the Hybrid Theory tour. They sucked, the crowd hated them.

(>dragon~guitarist<)
February 23rd 2006


243 Comments


This album is definitely P.O.D's worst effort by far. The loss of their previous guitarist on Fundamentals of Southtown really hit P.O.D hard. Very bland and monotonous all around, if anything download some of the tracks before even thinking of picking this one up.

NEDM
March 7th 2006


1113 Comments


I saw this on its 666th view.
Don't worry, I hit F5 :thumb:

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
March 9th 2006


15743 Comments


Goodbye For Now is good, but the story with POD is that the singles always own their albums. I dont think Ill be getting this.

Digging: Flying Lotus - You're Dead!

sEx_MaGiK
March 9th 2006


8 Comments


I agree with what you said about the Satellite album. I never had heard of them before, and a friend of mine had it and let me borrow it and it got me hooked for awhile. I havent heard any of their more recent albums, but according to some of you guys, the band has gone down with the departure of Marcos.....anyway quick note, I heard Marcos was taught to play guitar by Carlos Santana??? Can anybody verify this for me plz? thanks

NOTINTHEFACE
March 10th 2006


1653 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Hmmm.... that would make good sense considering alot of Marcos's riffs have a Spanish flavor to them.... don't know for sure but IMO that's very plausible.

got tool?
March 12th 2006


14 Comments


Testify....hmm that doesnt sound like a RATM rip-off at all...nope

pattern_recognition
March 13th 2006


950 Comments


No band trying to 'return to their nu-metal roots' should ever be produced by Glen Ballard.

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
March 13th 2006


15743 Comments


A pious CD title and some share the love with god lyrics? That sounds like POD going back to their roots. But if they're trying to be "nu metal" it's probably best they change their pop-rock sound.

audiophile101
March 18th 2006


3 Comments


I think that the changing sound is an adjustment to their new guitarist.

The Depressed
March 19th 2006


10 Comments


I haven't actually heard this album yet - shall be getting it in the post in the next few days. But I feel I need to comment on one of the statements in the above review about Jason Truby.

'Moderatley skilled'? Have you even listened to any of his solo stuff, or even Eternal from the self titled album? He is a PHENOMENAL player.

I do agree that he's maybe not the right fit for P.O.D., but to call him 'moderately skilled' is an insult to the man's talent.

Nice review other than that!

NOTINTHEFACE
March 21st 2006


1653 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

The comment was meant to imply that while Truby had talent with his guitar, perhaps more than Marcos, he was not nearly as creative as Marcos and robbed P.O.D. of the distinct flavor that made Satellite so great. Hehe, yes, Eternal is a true testament to his skill, that song dwarfs many so-called "hardest songs ever" in complexity and difficulty. Thx for contributing

jesus~freak
March 29th 2006


16 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

P.O.D. is the best bend ever. I keep hearing that they are falling away from GOD.I hope thats not true.c'mon P.O.D. keep GOD first! keep believing!

jesus~freak
March 29th 2006


16 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

ever since i heard P.O.D. ive been wanting to start my own band just like it...well almost....only for copyrite reasons. i hope i get discovered!

jesus~freak
March 29th 2006


16 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

P.O.D. sould do more songs w/ matisyahu. those songs are good too.

jesus~freak
March 29th 2006


16 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

i hope P.O.D. will continue to love GOD and keep writing lyrics about him.


jesus~freak
March 29th 2006


16 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

im just a kid trying to keep his favorite band alive and loving GOD.

pattern_recognition
March 29th 2006


950 Comments


I don't know whether to laugh or hit you.



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