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P.O.D. Guitarist Quits

Marcos “pursuing own vision” after eleven years

More than a decade after co-founding P.O.D., guitarist Marcos
Curiel has left the band to pursue other musical interests.

“It saddens me to say that Marcos is no longer with P.O.D.,”
frontman Sonny Sandoval wrote in a Web post. “[He] has chosen to
pursue his own vision apart from P.O.D.”

The band is in the process of writing the first single for the
upcoming Matrix Reloaded film, and was scheduled to go
into the studio this week to begin recording the follow-up to
2001’s multi-platinum Satellite. Sandoval assured fans
that P.O.D. would carry on without Marcos, and they’ve already
found a replacement in Jason Truby, formerly of the Arkansas metal
band Living Sacrifice. “[Truby] brings an excitement and a fire to
the table that will take P.O.D. to the next level,” Sandoval
wrote.

Unlike many modern rock bands, P.O.D., who formed in San Diego
in 1992, have always been a tight-knit band. After the success of
their Atlantic debut, Curiel said, “It’s definitely the fact we’ve
been friends so long that helps keep us grounded.”

“I’ve got to slap Marcos around once in a while to keep his big
head from blowing up,” Sandoval joked at the time, adding, “We’re
brothers. Each of us does our own thing, but we keep each other in
check. That’s how brothers do it though.”

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