P.O.D. vocalist Sonny Sandoval has told MTV.com that the band dove into the making of their fifth album with one mission in mind: to produce some of the band's heaviest material to date, proving that massive album sales don't mean a band has to soften its sound.
"Once we got into the writing process, it was like, 'Man, let's just go old-school and make some heavy stuff,'" he said. "But ... sometimes you just get caught in the groove of things, and sometimes things taper off. Sometimes you get a beautiful melody or a beautiful guitar riff, and sometimes you just kind of stay in that realm.
"But there's a lot of heavy stuff on this record," he asserted. "We've done some seven-string stuff, which we've never done before. Then we kind of get back to the rap vocals that we started out with. There's more singing, too. Initially we were trying to be as heavy as we could, but maybe it's just that in the process, you tend to balance it all out."
P.O.D. have written and recorded close to 20 songs with Rick Rubin's right-hand engineer/producer Greg Fidelman. Sandoval said the record will include "Teachers", "Every Time I Die" and "If It Wasn't for You", the latter something of an ode to the P.O.D. faithful.
On Monday (May 2), P.O.D. will drop anchor in a Los Angeles recording studio where they'll spend the month fine-tuning the effort with Glen Ballard (AEROSMITH, ALANIS MORISSETTE) for a hopeful October or November release.
Sandoval said while the band's in L.A. they'll try to get KORN's Jonathan Davis down to the studio to lay down vocals for one of the album cuts.
"I asked him if he wanted to jump in and do a track with us, and he's actually confirmed," Sonny said. "But he just had a baby, so he's been kind of lying low."
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