Decyfer Down - End Of Grey

Published Saturday 15th November 2008
Decyfer Down - End Of Grey
Decyfer Down - End Of Grey

STYLE: Hard Music
RATING 5 5 5 5 5
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 19881-14783
LABEL: S/R/E Recordings 000768390429
RRP: £9.99

Reviewed by Mark Hewerdine

Uncompromising in their message and unashamed in their love of heavy rock, Decyfer Down marry snarling, subterranean riffs to passionate vocals on a mission to bring truth to a dark and needy world. 'End Of Grey' is a competent, if slightly monotonous debut - there is a perhaps a little too much grey, both musically and lyrically. Though the band expend a great deal of energy, they often fail to truly engage or move the listener. The melodies often compete for space alongside heavy riffing rather than gelling into a cohesive whole. However, Caleb Oliver's vocals, the band's main strength, do have a knack of cutting through when the choruses come around. "Break Free" is a driving opening statement of intent - an expression of a desperate need for God in the midst of inner turmoil. The solid, if predictable, "Life Again" maintains the energy level, but by third track, "Fight Like This", Decyfer Down are repeating themselves. Patience is rewarded with the rocky, piano-tinged ballad "Burn Back The Sun", the first standout moment and the catchiest thing on offer here. Lyrical cliché can perhaps be forgiven when a band rock this hard and whilst it's hard to fault the band's faith and commitment to God, these songs often fail to register.

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Product Description
End of Grey, the debut from melodic hard rockers Decyfer Down, is a sonic stew of anthem-sized songs packed with ringing guitars that melt and morph into vicious riffs. Filled with searching and waiting, honesty and hope, End of Grey is an explosive album for those who like their music hard and the message solid.

'There are a couple of bands we’ve been out on tour with that have really impressed me. One of those bands, Decyfer Down, is brand new and one to watch out for next year. They have the best guitar riffs of any band I’ve heard in a long time.' Jon Cooper, Skillet

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