The timing for an album's release has never been so good.

The timing for an album's release has never been so good. At a time when the world is awash in tension and uncertainty, today's youth need music that's "cool" but positive. P.O.D. doles out the kind of hyper-aggressive, rap-inflected rock that kids are currently embracing. The difference, though, is that this act deals exclusively in proactive, encouraging lyrics. Lightweight? No way. Anthemic tracks like the rising radio hit (and Total Request Live video staple) "Alive" and the single-ready "Set It Off" have sharp musical teeth. Marcos is a tight-fisted guitarist, floating a well-measured blend of power chords and intricate lead riffs over Traa's taut bass and Wuv's urgent drums. All the while, frontman Sonny growls and rants with ample authority. In all, Satellite not only has the juice to elevate P.O.D. to much-deserved superstar status, it could very well blow some desperately needed hope into the air.—LF

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