The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Rock band sound & theology rage on

Hybrid genre a musical home for P.O.D.

The hard rock band P.O.D. doesn't represent what most people associate with "Christian music." With a sound similar to Korn or Rage Against the Machine, they?are masters of "rapcore" (or "nu-metal"), a hybrid genre that features screamed or rapped lyrics over loud, crunchy guitars.

P.O.D. has never expected that its music will get played in churches. But a number of songs have ended up being featured in blockbuster movies — often in the background when things are blowing up. One has to listen carefully to realize that most of the songs are actually about faith in Christ and the hope this offers.

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