Murdered Love

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Murdered Love
Studio album by P.O.D.
Released July 10, 2012[1]
Recorded 2011 – 2012, @ Bay 7 Studios, Valley Village / Sparky Dark Studio, Calabasas
Genre Alternative metal, nu metal, rap metal[2]
Length 40:45
Label Razor & Tie[3]
Producer Howard Benson
P.O.D. chronology
Rhapsody Originals
(2008)
Murdered Love
(2012)
Singles from Murdered Love
  1. "Lost in Forever (Scream)[4]"
    Released: April 17, 2012
  2. "Higher"
    Released: October 30, 2012
  3. "Beautiful"
    Released: April 30, 2013

Murdered Love is the eighth studio album by American alternative metal band P.O.D., released on July 10, 2012. It debuted on the Billboard 200 at No. 17 with sales of over 16,000 in its first week in the U.S.[5] Murdered Love is the follow-up to When Angels & Serpents Dance and it sees the band reunited with long-time producer Howard Benson who also produced the band's The Fundamental Elements of Southtown and Satellite albums. Prior to the album's official release, three songs were made available for download; two of which, "Eyez"[6] and a demo version of "On Fire",[7] available for free download on the band's website. The album features guest appearances from Hatebreed's Jamey Jasta, Cypress Hill's Sen Dog, and Psycho Realm's Sick Jacken. A deluxe edition of the album, featuring acoustic and bonus tracks, was released on October 22, 2013.[8]

"Lost in Forever (Scream)", the album's lead single, charted at No. 12 on the mainstream rock charts, No. 1 on Active Rock, and No. 1 on Christian Rock.[9] The music video was released on May 14, 2012 and has since received over 3,300,000 views.[10] The second single, "Higher", was released in late October and "Beautiful", the third and final single from Murdered Love, was released in March.

A sample of "West Coast Rock Steady", the fifth track off the album with Sen Dog of Cypress Hill, was featured on ESPN.[11] The song "Beautiful" was featured on an episode of the Comedy Central television show Workaholics.[12]

On July 3, the band premiered the "Murdered Love" video directed by Ramon Boutviseth.[13]

Singles[edit]

"Lost in Forever (Scream)"[4] is the lead single and has charted at No. 26 on US Rock Songs, No. 30 on US Hot Modern Rock Tracks,[14] also peaking at No. 1 on Active Rock, No. 1 on Christian Rock, and No. 3 on Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks. The music video debuted on May 14.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 58/100[15]
Review scores
Source Rating
About.com 4/5 stars[16]
Allmusic 4/5 stars[17]
CCM Magazine 3/5 stars[18]
Christianity Today 3/5 stars[19]
Cross Rhythms 10/10 stars[20]
Indie Vision Music 4/5 stars[21]
Jesus Freak Hideout 2/5 stars[22]
4/5 stars[23]
New Release Tuesday 4.5/5 stars[24]
Revolver 3.5/5 stars[25]
Rock Sound 6/10[26]
Spin 3/10[27]
Sputnikmusic 4/5 stars[28]

Murdered Love garnered a mixture of positive and mixed ratings. At Metacritic, they assign a Metascore, which is a weighted average of selected mainstream critics reviews, and based upon four reviews the album holds a 58 score. This means the album received mixed perception by their calculations. At Revolver, Mikael Wood rated the album three-and-a-half stars out of five, and wrote that the material was good when the boisterous songs have "infectious grooves" accompanying them.[25] Ryan Bird of Rock Sound rated the album six out of ten, and they called the end product "genuinely respectable."[26] At CCM Magazine, Matt Conner rated the album three stars, and evoked that the group "finally shines".[18] Robert Ham of Christianity Today rated it three stars, and wrote that after the listener becomes accustomed to the material that the "journey provides thrills and deep wells of emotion."[19] At Spin, Christopher R. Weingarten rated the album three out of ten, and touched on that the album was "Preachy Left Behind Rapture sermonizing set to rhythms and sound effects from late-'90s car crash movies."[27]

Matt Collar of Allmusic rated the album four stars, and felt that the music "play[s] with Christian themes, often in a dark, purposefully disturbing way."[17] At Cross Rhythms, Tony Cummings rated it a perfect ten, and proclaimed the album to be "Amazing stuff."[20] The two Jesus Freak Hideout reviews were in divergence of one another with Michael Weaver rating it two stars in the main review, while the second given by Cortney Warner rated it at four stars. Weaver said his rating was because the song "I Am" that had some derogatory lyrics, and "sadly skews the entire album."[22] Also, Warner noted the same gripe, but said if fans could look beyond that they will "find some gems on here."[23] At New Release Tuesday, Mary Nikkel rated the album four-and-a-half stars, and stated the music will garner new fans because "the blend of theologically heavy and more feel-good tracks".[24] Lee Brown of Indie Vision Music rated the album four stars, and stated that his reviewed copy did not have "I Am", but called the release a "worthy addition".[21] At About.com, Chad Bowar rated the album four stars, and claimed the album had a "resounding message" on which the band was "back and better than ever."[16] Magnus Altkula of Sputnikmusic rated the album four out of five, and stated the album was "solid" that proves why the band is still around after all these years.[28]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Sonny Sandoval, all music composed by P.O.D.

No. Title Length
1. "Eyez" (featuring Jamey Jasta of Hatebreed) 2:47
2. "Murdered Love" (featuring Sick Jacken of Psycho Realm) 3:45
3. "Higher"   3:22
4. "Lost in Forever"   4:06
5. "West Coast Rock Steady" (featuring Sen Dog of Cypress Hill) 3:05
6. "Beautiful"   3:53
7. "Babylon the Murderer"   4:19
8. "On Fire"   3:44
9. "Bad Boy"   3:18
10. "Panic & Run"   3:16
11. "I Am"   5:10
Total length:
40:45

reference[29]

An edited version of the album omitting track 11 ("I Am") was released to Christian stores. The purpose behind the censorship is the song itself contains the word "fuck", which is bleeped out even on the uncensored version.

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

All chart data for Billboard (North America)[31] [32]

Album[edit]

Year Chart Position
2012 The Billboard 200 17
Top Christian Christian 1
Top Rock Albums 2
Top Alternative Albums 2
Top Hard Rock Albums 2

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart Position
2012 "Lost in Forever (Scream)" US Mainstream Rock Tracks 3
US Modern Rock Tracks 30
"Higher" US Mainstream Rock Tracks 18

References[edit]

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  12. ^ "Tonight "Beautiful" on Comedy Central’s Workaholics". Retrieved July 10, 2012. 
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  17. ^ a b Collar, Matt (July 10, 2012). "Murdered Love - P.O.D.". Allmusic. Retrieved December 21, 2013. 
  18. ^ a b Conner, Matt (July 1, 2012). "P.O.D.: Murdered Love (Razor & Tie)". CCM Magazine. p. 60. Retrieved December 21, 2013. 
  19. ^ a b Ham, Robert (July 10, 2012). "P.O.D.: Murdered Love". Christianity Today. Retrieved December 21, 2013. 
  20. ^ a b Cummings, Tony (August 27, 2012). "Review: Murdered Love - P.O.D.". Cross Rhythms. Retrieved December 21, 2013. 
  21. ^ a b Brown, Lee (July 8, 2012). "P.O.D. – Murdered Love | Reviews". Indie Vision Music. Retrieved December 21, 2013. 
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  25. ^ a b Wood, Mikael (July 2, 2012). "Review: P.O.D. – Murdered Love". Revolver. NewBay Media. Retrieved December 21, 2013. 
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