If You Like Christian Hard Rock Band P.O.D., You Should Check Out...

P.O.D. (Payable on Death) was formed in 1992 in San Ysidro, California by Marcos Curiel, Noah Bernardo (Wuv) and Wuv's cousin, Sonny Sandoval. Mark Daniels (Traa) joined in 1993. Throughout the 90s, P.O.D. sold over 40,000 copies of their three homemade EPs. Atlantic Records signed them in 1998. Marcos left in 2003 and was replaced by Jason Truby. In 2006 Marcos rejoined the band. Jason left and P.O.D. left Atlantic.

Bottom line - P.O.D. has been rockin' fans for Jesus for over 15 years. However, they're not the only band in Christian rock with a great hard sound and a strong message. If you like P.O.D., check out ...

12 Stones

12 Stones
12 Stones. Wind Up Records

12 Stones members Paul McCoy (vox), Kevin Dorr (bass), Eric Weaver (guitar) and Aaron Gainer (drums) did 12 live performances before taking their demo to New York City. Wind Up Records snatched them up after an industry showcase and two years later, in 2002, their debut album hit stores. The really big time came when McCoy sand on "Bring Me to Life" with Evanescence. The rest, as they say, is history.

12 Stones Starter Songs

  • "Lie to Me" 
  • "The Way I Feel" 
  • "It Was You" 
  • "We Are One"
  • "World So Cold"

Decyfer Down

Decyfer Down
Decyfer Down. Provident

Decyfer Down started out as an acoustic group, Allysonhymn, in 1999 with guitarist Brandon Mills and drummer Josh Oliver. Over the next couple of years, Caleb Oliver and Chris Clonts joined them and the band became the rockers we know as Decyfer Down. INO Records signed them and their debut album came out in 2006. Two years later, Caleb left the group and was replaced by singer TJ Harris.

Decyfer Down Starter Songs:

  • "Forever With You"
  • "Here To You" 
  • "I'll Breathe For You"
  • "Moving On" 


Pillar - 2008
Pillar - 2008. Provident

Founding Pillar member Rob Beckley (vocals) started the band in 1998 while attending Ft. Hays State University in Kansas. After signing with Flicker Records in 2000, one year later they won the Dove Award for Hard Music Album of the Year (Above). Though Rob is the only original member remaining, Pillar is still a force to be reckoned with.

Pillar Starter Songs

  • "Further From Myself"
  • "Frontline" 
  • "Shine" 
  • "Fireproof"

Project 86

Project 86
Project 86. Tooth & Nail

Hailing from from Orange County California, Project 86 is Andrew Schwab (vox), Randy Torres (guitars, keys, background vox) and Steven Dail (bass, background vox). In 1998, the band released its self-titled debut album for BEC Recordings, the label that they stayed with until 2003. At that point, they formed their own production company, “Team Black Recordings,” and started recording a new record themselves, re-energizing their relationship with Tooth & Nail.

Project 86 Starter Songs

  • "Transposeur" 
  • "From December"
  • "Me Vs. Me (Live)" 
  • "Oblivion" 


Blindside. Wasa/DRT

Blindside members Christian Lindskog, Simon Grenehed, Tomas Näslund and Marcus Dahlström started playing together in 1994 as Underfree. The Swedish band released their debut EP two years later on on Day-Glo Records as Blindside and signed with Solid State Records in 1997. A deal with Tooth & Nail started distributing their first album in the U.S. in 1998. With help from P.O.D., they moved to Elektra Records' imprint 3 Points after two albums with Solid State, where they stayed until moving to Wasa/DRT in 2005.

Blindside Starter Songs

  • "About A Burning Fire"
  • "Sleepwalking"
  • "Slow Motion" 
  • "Eye Of The Storm"

Thousand Foot Krutch

Thousand Foot Krutch
Thousand Foot Krutch. Tooth & Nail

Thousand Foot Krutch members Trevor McNevan, Dave Smith, Tim Baxter and Christian Harvey started playing together in Ontario in 1998, giving worship music a rap-metal sound. They signed with Diamante in 2001 and moved to Tooth & Nail in 2003.

There have been a few personnel changes since the early days, but the sound has remained great and the band has won four Gospel Music Association Canada Covenant Awards.

Thousand Foot Krutch Starter Songs

  • "Favorite Disease" 
  • "Faith, Love And Happiness" 
  • "Unbelievable" 
  • "Learn To Breathe"
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