P.O.D.’s Sonny Sandoval Hopeful For Nü-Metal Resurgence: “I Don’t Think Its Stint Lasted Long Enough”


With elements of nü-metal once again prominently surfacing within the music of a new generation of bands, P.O.D. frontman Sonny Sandoval is hopeful for a resurgence from the oft-maligned genre. Speaking recently with United Rock Nations, Sandoval commented on having been on being lumped into that scene during its late 90s/early 00s heyday:

“Before any of these titles were made up, we were still doing stuff independently. We’ve been called everything. Twenty-seven years ago, we weren’t called nü-metal. People were still trying to figure out what we sounded like. Rap metal, rapcore. It was like, ‘You guys sound like Body Count or Suicidal Tendencies.’

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Then when people heard Rage [Against The Machine] it was, ‘Oh, you guys kind of sound like Rage.’ When Limp Bizkit got popular, it was, ‘Oh, you sound like Limp Bizkit.’ So, little do people know we were around before them. It was just more of a mainstream [thing]. Again, I don’t care what you call us. [Laughs] We just like making music, that’s all.”

P.O.D. themselves skyrocketed to success with their 2001 album “Satellite“, which wound up being certified 3x multi-platinum in the United States. While the rise of the nü-metal genre was surprisingly meteoric, its eventual demise from public favor happened nearly as fast. When asked if he feels that the genre is about to experience a resurgence, he offered:

“I hope so. I hope it’s coming back. I don’t think its stint lasted long enough. I think it got real saturated. I honestly believe there was only two, three, four bands doing it that was authentic that was really from the streets or they were from the hip-hop culture as well as the rock and metal culture, but once it got trendy and started to become MTV and something like that, then everybody started switching over, then it got so oversaturated that it didn’t seem original anymore.

Then a lot of guys, they started changing up their sound because they didn’t want to be associated with the rap metal thing. I think that was the end of an era where music still had something there. It was still moving, it was still real, whereas a lot of music today, it all kind of all sounds the same and fits a format. There’s no life to it. I think us and Korn and Deftones, I think that was the end of an era when we really came out and we were ourselves and we just made music and everybody still sounded different. Now, everybody sounds the same.”

[via Blabbermouth]