After parting ways with P.O.D. four years ago, original guitarist Marcos Curiel has reunited with the San Diego-based rock act for “When Angels & Serpents Dance,” due this week via INO/Columbia.
The band’s first set since 2006’s “Testify” also features guest appearances from the Marley Sisters, Suicidal Tendencies singer Mike Muir and Helmet guitarist Page Hamilton. The song “Kaliforn-Eye-A,” which features vocals from Muir, allowed P.O.D. to collaborate with an “iconic punk rock figure that played an influence on us as a band,” Curiel says. “It’s a more upbeat song about where we came from.”
Curiel exited P.O.D. following 2001’s “Satellite” (Atlantic), which has moved 3.2 million units in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Feelings shifted into a more positive direction after friendly phone conversations between Curiel and P.O.D. drummer Wuv Bernardo. “Next thing I know, [Wuv] tells me the guitar player who replaced me was bowing out and maybe we should start jamming,” Curiel recalls.
As a chief musical contributor to “When Angels & Serpents Dance,” Curiel describes the new album as being “very personal to me,” pointing to acoustic cut “Tell Me Why,” which is “basically out anti-war song.” Another track, “The End of the World,” is “a song I came up with while watching the news,” the guitarist explains. “I’m a dad with a four-year-old son, and I was like, “Man, the future looks bleak all of the time.'”