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Marcos Curiel (born September 9 1974) is the Mexican American, guitarist of rock bands P.O.D., The Accident Experiment and Daylight Division .

Curiel was born in San Diego Californiamarker in 1974 where he graduated from Bonita Vista High School in 1992 and started P.O.D. the same year, along with friend Wuv Bernardo. The band started building a strong local fanbase, releasing several albums independently. In 1998 they were signed to a record deal (Atlantic Records) and released their hit albums The Fundamental Elements of Southtown (1999) and Satellite (2001) hit singles, "Alive" and "Youth of the Nation". Both albums have had mainstream success, gaining multi Platinum certifications by the RIAA and three Grammy Award nominations. P.O.D. has also contributed to numerous motion picture soundtracks and toured internationally.

P.O.D. (1992-present)

In an e-mail sent to fans in 2003, P.O.D. front man Sonny Sandoval said Curiel left "to pursue his own vision apart from P.O.D." However, Curiel insisted in a phone call from his San Diegomarker home that he was kicked out by Atlantic Records management.

"Because of your loyalty and respect, it saddens me to say that Marcos is no longer with P.O.D.," Sandoval wrote. "Never have we imagined P.O.D. without him, but we now know this vision is bigger than the four of us."

Curiel, who was always an outspoken member of P.O.D., was particularly upset because apparently management, not his fellow bandmates, called to fire him. He said the group met a few weeks before his removal and everyone acted enthusiastic about his projects. He has been quoted as saying;

"As soon as I was out, they started talking stuff behind my back," he said. "It's very, very shady. I have friends defending me on the Web site, and every time they put something up in defense of me, it gets deleted. I'm like, 'What? This is not fair, dude.' ... Then I found out they had another guitar player already. I was like, 'Whoa, they've been plotting this for a long time.'"

On December 30, 2006, just months after P.O.D. left Atlantic Records and on the same day his replacement Jason Truby left the band, Marcos asked to rejoin P.O.D. and was welcomed back with open arms. The band announced to their fans via email through their mailing list and via their MySpace page, that Curiel had re-joined. The next day, Curiel played with P.O.D. for the first time since his departure on the Jimmy Kimmel Live! show. The fact that this all occurred shortly after the Atlantic departure supports his claims that it was management, and not the band themselves, that kicked him out the first time. Two months later they signed a new deal with INO Records.

On April 8, 2008 P.O.D. released the album entitled When Angels & Serpents Dance. P.O.D. is currently on hiatus, only playing select shows.



  1. "Southtown" – 4:08
  2. "Rock the Party " – 3:24
  3. "School of Hard Knocks"
  4. "Alive" – 3:23
  5. "Youth of the Nation" – 4:19
  6. "Boom" – 3:08
  7. "Satellite" – 3:30
  8. "Addicted" – 3:32
  9. "Shine With Me" – 3:32


  1. Selah (Video)
  2. Southtown (Video)
  3. Rock The Party (Video)
  4. Alive (Video)
  5. Youth Of The Nation (Video)
  6. Boom (Video)
  7. Satellite (Video)
  8. Sick Love Letter (Video)
  9. Addicted (Video)

DVD, Still Payin' Dues.

The Accident Experiment (2002-2007)

The Accident Experiment, also called AeX, is a rock band based in San Diego, Californiamarker. It was formed in 2002 when co-founder Curiel left the band P.O.D.

The band featured Curiel on guitar, Pete Stewart (Grammatrain) with the vocals, Tony Delocht on bass, and Ernie Longoria on drums (both from Sprung Monkey).

The band's first EP,"Arena EP (2003), was released in 2003. In 2005, the band signed to indie label Rock Ridge Music, and their first full-length album, United We Fear, was released October 18, 2005. A video had been shot and released for the first single Sick Love Letter.

Curiel and Longoria began jamming and they solidly evolved into a steady rock act opening to Foo Fighters, Drowning Pool, Staind, and other known bands.

In December 2006, Curiel re-joined P.O.D. and The Accident Experiment went on hiatus. Their Arena EP was re-released by Rock Ridge Music on May 8, 2007. The EP included some new songs by the group. There has been talk of the band getting back in the studio sometime in 09.

Daylight Division(2009)

Curiel's latest creation, originally called 'Interview', was started in Summer 2009 consisting of Lukas Rossi from Rock Star Supernova, Dave Buckner from Papa Roach and Joseph Loeffler from Chevelle.

"Blacklisted Royalty Recordings"

Based in San Diego, California, Blacklisted Royalty Recordings is the production company and independent record label owned by producer, song writer and guitarist Marcos Curiel.

Side Notes

He was featured in, rewrote and produced the Nappy Roots "Awnaw" Rock remix. It also appeared on Madden 2003.

Marcos has attended the Howard Fine Acting Studio.

See also


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