P.O.D., 'When Angels & Serpents Dance' (Columbia)

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When Angels & Serpents Dance
Critical Mass
Label: Columbia

by Aaron Burgess

Despite reuniting the band with guitarist and cofounder Marcos Curiel (who split in 2003), P.O.D.'s seventh album rehashes the same slickly metallic, middle-of-the-road rap-rock sound that defined the band's later, post-Curiel years. Jay Baumgardner's production even reduces spacious, staccato ragers like "Addicted" down to a radio-ready flatline, and despite a few B-list punk-metal cameos (Helmet's Page Hamilton, Suicidal Tendencies' Mike Muir), Serpents rarely strives for anything heavier than Red Hot Chili Peppers (a summery funk track is even titled "Kaliforn- Eye-A").

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