Inspirational rap/rock outfit P.O.D. is finishing up its sophomore Atlantic album, "Satellite." Due Aug. 28, the album was produced by Howard Benson, who was behind the boards for P.O.D's debut, "The

Inspirational rap/rock outfit P.O.D. is finishing up its sophomore Atlantic album, "Satellite." Due Aug. 28, the album was produced by Howard Benson, who was behind the boards for P.O.D's debut, "The Fundamental Elements of Southtown." That set peaked at No. 1 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart and No. 51 on The Billboard 200. The single "Rock the Party (Off the Hook)" won a Dove Award for best short-form music video.

Drummer Wuv says it will be no easy task to select the album's final tracklist. "We've got over 20 songs to choose from, and that's more than we've ever had," he tells Billboard. "With the last album we felt rushed, but this time we've taken our time. It's going to be hard to cut back any songs."

As for the sound of the album, which features guest appearances from Bad Brains frontman HR and Jamaican vocalist Eeek-A-Mouse, Wuv says it's "just as heavy" as its predecessor. "It's just more mature. Some of the music is slowed down a bit. There's more emotion going on."

In advance of a full North American tour, P.O.D. will hit a variety of festivals through early September, beginning tomorrow (June 15) at the One Festival in Memphis.

Here are P.O.D.'s tour dates:
June 15: Memphis (One Festival)
July 6: Bushnell, Ill. (Cornerstone Festival)
July 12: Oshkosh, Wisc. (LifeFest)
July 20: Arlington, Texas (Six Flags Over Texas)
Aug. 3: Lincoln, N.H. (Inside Out Soul Festival)
Aug. 18: Lebanon, Pa. (Purple Door Festival)
Sept. 8: Orlando, Fla. (Rock the Universe)