Metal band P.O.D. stops by The Black Sheep

The rap metal band P.O.D. plays The Black Sheep on Friday. Courtesy Razor & Tie.

7 p.m. Friday, The Black Sheep, 2106 E. Platte Ave., $22.50-$25; 227-7625,

The music industry can do a number on your soul.

Sonny Sandoval, the singer of the rap metal band P.O.D. (Payable on Death), made a hard choice several years ago. After the band's release of the 2008 album, "When Angels & Serpents Dance," he decided it was time to go dark. "You're out in this evil we call the rock 'n' roll industry," Sandoval says from his home in San Diego. "I needed to go home and do some soul searching."

P.O.D. plays The Black Sheep on Friday.

He and his bandmates were "kids" when they started in 1992, says Sandoval, who just turned 40. During the last two decades, the band has received three Grammy nominations and had more than a dozen radio hits, including "Southtown," "Alive" and "Youth of the Nation."

But it became too much.

"We set out to make a difference," he says, "then when you're successful, everybody wants a part of that, and their hands are in your pockets. They're telling you how your band should be. It seemed like it wasn't about us anymore."

Soon enough, the band gravitated back toward each other and toward making music they loved. They started touring and playing festivals again in 2010, and released their eighth album, "Murdered Love," last year.

"The industry has definitely changed," Sandoval says. "Once you get back on the circuit, and playing with friends and bands, they say that was rock 'n' roll suicide - you took off for so long. But it's kind of liberating, and now we're not on anybody else's terms."

Jennifer Mulson, THE GAZETTE,

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