payable on death - the warriors ep
PAYABLE ON DEATH
The Warriors EP
Tooth & Nail
1998

Okay, first question- why was this released on Tooth & Nail? Are they in cahoots with Atlantic Records, where the band was signed before releasing this EP? Alright, yeah, that was two questions…

The Warriors E. P. was released in 1998, after the band was signed to Atlantic Records to go on and become one of the biggest crossover acts to emerge from the Christian underground music scene. This, I guess, was to keep the P. O. D. fans sedated while they waited for their major-label to drop the next year. What’s found on here are a couple of new cuts, and a couple of re-recorded cuts, interspersed with filler.

The CD starts off with a scratchy record vibe, then the Louisiana accordions kick in. Cool concept, as the pops and crackle sounds in between songs give it an older feel. Up next is an early version of their mega-hit “Southtown”, which, despite all the over saturation when it was finally released as a single, is a heavy treat, up there with fist-bangers like Kid Rock’s “Bawitabaw”. Nice and raw. Next is a re-recorded version of “Breathe Babylon”. Longtime P. O. D. fans will recognize this song as originally off of 1996’s Brown on Rescue Records. It’s an okay cut, not too heavy, but funk-based. Next is a minute-and-forty-two second acoustic guitar interlude of sorts, which leads into “Draw The Line”, one of my favorite classic P. O. D. songs from their 1994 indie Snuff The Punk, here re-recorded to clearer clarity than the muddled original. Good cut. After that is another re-recorded song from Brown- “Full Color”, made better and harder than the 1996 version. The ending track, “Sabbath”, is another instrumental, heavy, ending with a sample of a rainstorm.

Production wise, compared to their two independent albums, there’s no comparison. The Warriors E. P. blows those two out of the water (though they’ve been re-released after Fundamental Elements Of Southtown with cleaned up production, possibly to capitalize on the mainstream success of the band). Lyrically, they’re all very Christ-centric, especially the re-recordings. Very short, and very nice E. P. that would go on to mainstream stardom…and be put in Dial-The-Truth’s crosshairs.

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