After months of being fairly quiet, HEAVY returns with new material. Just this past month, nu metal veterans, P.O.D., released their newest full-length studio album, Circles, which was co-written and produced by the songwriting and production duo, consisting of Jason Bell and Jordan Miller. Although P.O.D.'s other releases in recent years, such as 2015's The Awakening, have been met with mixed or lukewarm reviews and commercial performance, Circles is already receiving widespread acclaim from critics and fans alike. AllMusic gave the album an impressive 4/5 review, and Rock 'N' Load gave the album a whopping 10/10, calling it "a must for all P.O.D. lovers and even those that aren't."
HEAVY's production and songwriting contributed significantly to the album's success. In an interview with Billboard, the band's frontman, Sonny Sandoval, opened up about how working with HEAVY was "the most extensive collaboration P.O.D. had ever undertaken," and that the band was initially reluctant to let the production duo play such a central role in the creative process. However, after a few collaborative writing sessions, P.O.D. and HEAVY both began creating a project that everyone involved could be proud of. Sandoval claims HEAVY brought "different flavors and textures into the mix" that the band had not previously experimented with, claiming, "they just gave us a little energy boost, which is something we needed." Sandoval even credits HEAVY as the primary creative force behind the track, "Domino," which several publications, including Ghost Cult Magazine, have hailed as one of the best tracks on the album - if not the best.
Over the past year, HEAVY co-wrote and produced for The Dirty Heads, Sleeping with Sirens, and Bass Drum of Death, but Circles is the first project involving HEAVY to be released since Ace Harper's "Different Kind of Blue" back in September, marking an epic return back into the spotlight for the duo. Considering P.O.D.'s massive reach, the album's widespread acclaim and Sandoval's praise for the duo in the Billboard interview, HEAVY will surely continue rising to prominence as we move in the new year.