P.O.D. Taps Producer JAY BAUMGARDNER For New Album

Spiritual rockers P.O.D. (a.k.a. PAYABLE ON DEATH) have tapped Jay Baumgardner to produce and mix their new record, "When Angels and Serpents Dance", set for release early next year on INO/Columbia Records. Baumgardner is known for his production and mixing skills for such artists as EVANESCENCE, HELMET, ORGY, SEETHER, PAPA ROACH, ALIEN ANT FARM and GODSMACK. Baumgardner's proven touch has helped to guide some of the most innovative and energetic artists of the last decade.

Baumgardner is the president of NRG Recording Studios, located in North Hollywood, CA. This top-line recording studio features state-of-the-art equipment, all-purpose studios, even a celebrated chef. Every possible amenity is available to enhance the recording experience of NRG's clientele; artists as diverse as MELISSA ETHERIDGE and 311 have recorded their award-winning music within the creative walls of NRG Recording Studios.

"When Angels and Serpents Dance" will feature a guest appearance by SUICIDAL TENDENCIES frontman Mike Muir.

A seven-minute video clip of P.O.D. singer Sonny Sandoval talking about the band's collaboration with Mike Muir can be viewed at YouTube.

A photo of Sandoval and Muir in the recording studio laying down tracks for the new P.O.D. CD, tentatively due in the fall, can be found at this location.

"It is an honor for us to have someone like Mike on this new album," Sandoval previously said.

P.O.D.'s New Year's Eve performance in Times Square marked guitarist Marcos Curiel's first appearance with P.O.D. in nearly four years.

Curiel parted ways with the Christian rap-rockers in February of 2003 and later slammed the band, telling MTV.com, "With P.O.D., things were supposedly handled in the name of God, but they were actually handled in the name of greed."

He went on to form a new band called THE ACCIDENT EXPERIMENT, while P.O.D. recruited ex-LIVING SACRIFICE axeman Jason Truby to play on its last two studio albums, 2003's "Payable On Death" and 2005's "Testify". Truby exited the group once Curiel's return was made official.

"Greatest Hits: The Atlantic Years", P.O.D.'s final release through Atlantic Records, arrived in stores in November. It features the brand new track "Going in Blind".

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