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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About Decyfer Down

Originally operating under the moniker Allysonhymn (pronounced "all-eyes-on-him"), Christian rockers Decyfer Down create a Wall of Sound with a message. Formed in 2002 around the talents of drummer Josh Oliver, vocalist/bassist Caleb Oliver, and guitarists Brandon Mills and Chris Clonts, the band's melodic and hard-driving debut, End of Grey, arrived on Sony Records in June 2006. The album proved to be quite popular in the Christian community, sending four consecutive singles into heavy rotation on the Internet radio station ChristianRock.net. Caleb Oliver left the lineup shortly thereafter, and former Fighting Instinct vocalist T.J. Harris was enlisted in his place. Returning in 2009 with the Grammy-nominated sophomore effort Crash, Decyfer Down garnered more support from independent Christian rock radio. Additionally, the album's title track was featured in the pay-per-view broadcast of WrestleMania XXV, thus exposing the band's music to a wider audience. The well-received, Fair Trade Services-issued Scarecrow dropped in 2013, followed by a compilation LP, Anthology, in 2014. Drummer Josh Oliver left the fold the following year, and in 2016 the band issued the crowd-funded Other Side of Darkness, their fourth studio outing and first independent release. ~ James Christopher Monger

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