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P.O.D.’s Satellite was my favorite album for quite awhile when I was a teenager. For those of you that don’t know I am a millennial. I was just becoming a teenager at the turn of the century when nu metal was at its peak of popularity. Bands with with down tuned guitars and rap mixed in with metal were king. Thrash had gone alternative (ex: Metallica’s Load and ReLoad plus Megadeth’s Risk) hair metal had cut its hair and was long since out of the limelight, and founding fathers like Ozzy Osbourne were becoming reality TV stars.
I was already a pretty big fan of P.O.D’s previous album The Fundamental Elements of Southtown. I had purchased it in early 2000 when I was 13 years old. It contained the song “Rock the Party” which was a big hit on MTV. I loved the mix of rap and metal at the time. I really gravitated towards the heaviness of songs on this album such as “Lie Down” and “Outkast”.
Fast forward to the summer of 2001. P.O.D.’s new video and single for the song “Alive” was taking over MTV and radio airways. It was the first single off their upcoming album Satellite, and I couldn’t wait to hear more. I saw them live that summer and they played “Alive” plus two other new songs called “Boom” and “Ridiculous”. I was ready for a new P.O.D album.
I will never ever forget the day this album was released. I had made plans for my mom to take me to Walmart to buy the CD that evening, and I was looking forward to it as soon as I got on the bus for school. As I was sitting in my freshman geography class my teacher, Mr. Rehm, came into the classroom late, and this man was never late. He had a really odd look on his face. It was sadness mixed with shock. He told my class that the United States had just been attacked in New York City. This day was September 11, 2001.
There was basically no class the rest of the day. We all sat around watching tv to see the latest news and developments on what was going on in our country that day, watching live as The World Trade Center buildings collapsed.
What a day for a P.O.D. album to come out. Songs with lyrics like “Alive” took on a whole new meaning. My mom still took me to Walmart that evening to get the CD. I grabbed the CD then hung around the electronics department for awhile watching the news footage of what was happening in New York, at the Pentagon, and a field in Pennsylvania.
We didn’t own a vehicle with a CD player inside it yet, so I had to wait till I got home to listen. Man, was it worth the wait!
This album starts off great from the opening drumbeats of “Set it Off” to the closing notes of the Grammy nominated “Portrait”. This album has some awesome heavy hitters like the previous two I just mentioned, “Masterpiece Conspiracy”, “The Messanjah”, and “Anything Right”. The heavy notes of guitarist Marcos Curiel and bassist Traa Daniels, the drum beats of Wuv Bernardo, and vocals of Sonny Sandoval came together so well on this album.
Satellite has some somber moments as well. “Youth of the Nation”, led by a really cool drum beat, tells the tales of school shootings. The acoustic song “Thinking About Forever” is Sonny singing to his mother who passed away from cancer when he was a teenager.
It really takes all four of these guys, Sonny, Marcos, Wuv, and Traa to make P.O.D. great. Marcos Curiel is a really talented and unique guitar play. He brought a Latin influenced sound into metal.
Marcos Curiel left the band for several years after this album was released, but he eventually rejoined. P.O.D.’s eighth studio album The Awakening was released in 2015. They are currently working on songs for a new album.
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