When Angels And Serpents Dance
P.O.D. has carved out a unique niche for itself. The band rocks hard,
but has way too much soul to ever be lumped in with (mostly) soul-less
hard rock. The group is also comprised of Christians, yet it's not so
overtly religious that it puts off unbelievers. The new When Angels
The first great song on this CD is "It Can't Rain Every Day".
With its gentle, empathetic groove, the band uses each verse to describe
a different troubled person. The initial character, for instance, is
a young girl with so few friends she is on the verge of trying almost
anything - whether good or evil -- to get noticed by her peers. This
is peer pressure that has reached the danger point. The next hurting
one is a man who was just laid off from his job. P.O.D. could have just
as easily said to these, 'Accept Jesus and everything will be alright.'
But even devout Christians know that's a lie. After all, the Bible promises
that in this life, there will be tribulation. So instead they offer
the reminder, "It can't rain every day/It don't rain forever."
In other words, just hold on;
Songs like "Addicted", which brings Jimi Hendrix to mind
vocally, and "Kaliforn-Eye-A", another loud one, both show
off P.O.D.'s sizable hard rock firepower. The band is also helped out
by fellow rockers Page Hamilton (Helmet) on "God Forbid" and
Mike Muir (Suicidal Tendencies) for
But "I'll Be Ready", with its sweet backing vocals provided
by Melody Makers, reveals the group's easygoing reggae roots. And much
like "Kaliforn-Eye-A", this one utilizes the harsh streets
This CD's title track describes the odd juxtaposition of heavenly
angels and demonic snakes filling up a metaphorical dance floor. This
serves to suggest that nothing in life is ever black and
So get a good look at this reflection because "Life's real/When angels and serpents dance", and because P.O.D. provides a whole lot of truth staring back at you in the face.
-- Dan MacIntosh