11 Songs, 41 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Decyfer Down has endured their share of upheavals since the success of 2006’s End of Gray. A near-fatal car crash and the departure of lead singer Caleb Oliver put serious stress on the Christian rock combo’s fortitude. How well they’ve endured is documented on Crash. The songs here trudge, surge and seethe in post-hardcore fashion, with acoustic interludes and the occasional string touches to mitigate the heaviness. Newly recruited vocalist T. J. Harris (ex-Fighting Instinct) has an emotive bellow straight out of early ‘90s-era Seattle. Guitarist Brandon Mills likes to unleash blistering riffage, but never gets in the way of his band’s straightforward melodies, whether the track has the feel of ‘80s arena rock (“Wasting Away”) or contemporary pop (“Moving On”). Tunes like “The Life” and “Forever With You” underscore the group’s essentially hopeful vision. Crash is a statement of sustained faith and personal survival rather than a creative leap forward – which, considering what Decyfer Down has been through, is surely more than enough.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Decyfer Down has endured their share of upheavals since the success of 2006’s End of Gray. A near-fatal car crash and the departure of lead singer Caleb Oliver put serious stress on the Christian rock combo’s fortitude. How well they’ve endured is documented on Crash. The songs here trudge, surge and seethe in post-hardcore fashion, with acoustic interludes and the occasional string touches to mitigate the heaviness. Newly recruited vocalist T. J. Harris (ex-Fighting Instinct) has an emotive bellow straight out of early ‘90s-era Seattle. Guitarist Brandon Mills likes to unleash blistering riffage, but never gets in the way of his band’s straightforward melodies, whether the track has the feel of ‘80s arena rock (“Wasting Away”) or contemporary pop (“Moving On”). Tunes like “The Life” and “Forever With You” underscore the group’s essentially hopeful vision. Crash is a statement of sustained faith and personal survival rather than a creative leap forward – which, considering what Decyfer Down has been through, is surely more than enough.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
592 Ratings
592 Ratings
mo'sugrplz! ,

It'll Grow on You

As Binky 351 said, you'll have to give it some time. I bought it when it came out on May 5th. I got it b/c it was on big time sale. So, I popped it into my cd player not knowing what to expect. At first, it seemed like a decent album, but I thought the guitar riffs were a bit redundant. The more I listened to it though, the more it grew on me. I now listen to it daily. It's an amazing album if you're a hardcore headbanger like me. It's especially nice if you wince at alot of sreaming. For me, sreaming here & there in a song is fine, like Kutless & Red. But screaming the whole song through makes me feel like vomiting into a toilet. This album is perfect for anyone who feels the same. The only downside is that, for some reason, the last song , "Now I'm Alive", is here on iTunes, but it wasn't on the actual album I bought at the store. But this still an amazing album.
My 5 Favorites are:
1.Ride with Me
2.Crash
3.Now I'm Alive
4.Fading
5.Desperate
Buy this album now if you want some pounding guitars & moster riffs that you'll want to listen to over & over again!!

SoccerStar11 ,

No Sophomore Slump Here!

Decyfer Down has quickly become one of my favorite Christian rock bands. Their first album, End of Grey, was a little slow, but Crash certainly picks up the pace with some heavy beats and strong verses. I love RJ’s sound on lead vocals, and I think the switch was good for DD. The only minor complaint I have is that they start the album with the best song, so I’ve barely listened to some of the songs towards the end of the album.

1) Crash: 10/10 I said it before, best on the album. It’s catchy, but it’s the kind of song that you don’t mind having stuck in your head. RJ sounds great in this song.
2) Desperate: 8/10 This song tells the story of being desperate for God. The verses are fast paced, and the chorus only slows it down a tiny bit.
3) Fading: 8/10 Pretty good. It starts out sounding like it will be too slow, but 30 seconds in you hear the guitars and drums pick up. The lyrics make this song worth listening to.
4) Best I Can: 7/10 This is a slow ballad. It has great lyrics, especially in the chorus. It brings a peaceful break from the rest of the album.
5) Ride With Me: 9/10 Ride With Me is possibly the heaviest song on Crash, the chorus is great, and it gets stuck in your head too.
6) Wasting Away: 10/10 This song is similar to a balloon being blown up and popped over and over. The verses are slow, but then they build up and finally explode into a powerful chorus. Amazing lyrics.
7) Over My Head: 8/10 I have to admit that I usually stop listening to the album after Wasting Away, but don’t take that to mean this song isn’t great. It has a great rhythm, and shouldn’t be skipped over.
8) Moving On: 6/10 Another ballad. This one is a bit worse than Best I can because its lyrics aren’t as good in my opinion.
9) The Life: 7/10 This song is slow, but not as slow as the three ballads. It’s alright, not one of my favorites.
10) Forever With You: 7/10 Ballad number three. It kinda compares to “Breathe You In” by TFK, because it is a slow, yet lyrically amazing, song among a bunch of heavy rock songs.
11) Now I’m Alive: 10/10 This song really makes you think twice about stopping the album short. It brings up the rear in a way no other song can. Its heavy rock verses and choruses make it a great song overall.

Overall Rating: 8.5/10 Great album. You have to buy the whole thing, because I can’t think of three songs this album could do without.
My Top 5:
1) Crash
2) Now I’m Alive
3) Wasting Away
4) Ride With Me
5) Desperate

PsyJay86 ,

WOAH!

What a tremendous album the guys from D&D laid down with Crash! I'm honestly surprised that even despite the change of the lead singer T.J. over Caleb, the group hasn't missed a beat with their next album. Although I will admit that I was skeptical over the change in vocals having gotten so used to Caleb's sound through the mic, the new lead singer T.J. puts up a great twist on his own that compliments Decyfer Down's style of music without taking anything away that Caleb had with them.

This album has a bit of everything in it, you've got heavy tracks like Crash, and Ride with me, along with melodic ballads ranging from Moving On, and Forever with you, this album is a perfect mix.

Along with that, Decyfer Down never ceases to amaze me in finding ways to hold true to it's Rock roots, while at the same time distributing a solid message out there with their lyrics, give a listen to Ride with Me, Fading, and Wasting away for a perfect examples of this.

All in all, i'm very happy with this album, 5/5. Great job guys

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