P.O.D. Premiere New Song, "The Awakening" — Exclusive

Today, GuitarWorld.com presents the exclusive premiere of "The Awakening," a new song by P.O.D.

It's the title track from the San Diego mainstays' new album, which will be released August 21 via T-Boy/UMe.

Produced by longtime collaborator Howard Benson (Kelly Clarkson, My Chemical Romance, Daughtry) and featuring guest appearances by Maria Brink (In This Moment) and Lou Koller (Sick of it All), The Awakening marks a new chapter for the southtown storytellers.

The Awakening is definitely an evolution from where we’ve come from," says bassist Traa Daniels. "It’s this amazing piece of art we’ve been able to put together as four guys who are like brothers; this is really special.”

“I feel this is like a pivotal moment for P.O.D.," adds drummer Wuv Bernardo. "It’s more than just, 'Man, we just went in the studio and did a record; the urgency of our band as far as how serious we are putting this kind of material in there, and the way we did it blows my mind. I am proud of these guys, of us.”

P.O.D. is Sonny Sandoval (vocals), Marcos Curiel (guitar), Traa Daniels (bass) and Wuv Bernardo drums).

The Awakening is available for preorder at iTunes and Amazon.

For more about P.O.D., visit payableondeath.com and follow them on Facebook.

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Damian Fanelli
Editor-in-Chief, Guitar World

Damian is Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine. In past lives, he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor. He's written liner notes for major-label releases, including Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' (Sony Legacy) and has interviewed everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Kevin Bacon (with a few memorable Eric Clapton chats thrown into the mix). Damian, a former member of Brooklyn's The Gas House Gorillas, was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron, a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums. He now plays in two NYC-area bands.