Back in the day, when P.O.D. was singing about “Babylon” and being an “Outcast,” I became a fan. I was already on the bandwagon when “Satellite” hit the streets on 9/11, and I was thrilled to see these guys get the attention they deserved. They’ve never been the deepest of lyricists, nor the most amazing musicians, but they’ve had a heart and soul I could not deny. They seemed to relate to everyday people. They wore their faith on their sleeves, while never cramming it down our throats.
“When Angels and Serpents Dance” is a return to form as well as a step toward new things. There’s a cohesiveness here, with Marcos back in the mix, that was missing from the grittier “Testify” and the artsy “P.O.D.” The words are still somewhat standard form, but true to the Southtown vibe. The music ranges from mild rapcore to melodic to bits of orchestration. As a longtime fan, I’m happy with the overall result. I wouldn’t call this their best album, but I can certainly listen to it numerous times without needing to skip over any tracks. The mellower tunes are still catchy, and there are some unexpected rhythm changes in other songs.
If you’re a fan, this is good stuff, though not their best stuff ever. It’s nearly an hour of music. It might be more accessible to those who have not yet hopped on board. I hope the next disk pushes the limit on all edges, giving us unrestrained passion. I don’t regret buying this one, though. I’m glad to see P.O.D still rocking through their second decade together. Keep rockin’ from the big S.D.!