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Decyfer Down

Decyfer Down performing live on April 12, 2008 at Anderson University, Anderson, Indiana.
Background information
Origin Morehead City, North Carolina, United States
Genres Christian Rock
Hard rock[1]
Post-grunge
Alternative metal
Years active Since 1999
Labels SRE Recordings (INO Records)
Website http://www.decyferdown.com/
Members
TJ Harris
Brandon Mills
Josh Oliver
Chris Clonts
Former members
Caleb Oliver

Decyfer Down is an alternative metal[2] / hard rock Christian band formed in 1999 and based in Morehead City, North Carolina. Up until 2002–the year that Chris Clonts joined the band–they went by the moniker Allysonhymn (pronounced All-eyes-on-Him). Following Clonts' arrival they switched to their current name, Decyfer Down.

In 2008, they toured with Thousand Foot Krutch and Skillet on the Comatose Tour of approximately 30 cities from March 28 to May 11, 2008. This tour had 60% of the venue's sold out which placed it Pollstar's Top 50 Tours.[3]

In 2009, they toured with Hawk Nelson and Skillet on the "Awake and Alive" Tour.

Contents

Members

  • TJ Harris - vocals, acoustic guitar,
  • Brandon Mills - guitar
  • Chris Clonts - guitar
  • Josh Oliver - drums, percussion

Touring Members

  • Glenn Hartzog - bass

Former members

  • Caleb Oliver-Vocals/Bass

Biography

Decyfer Down was originally formed in 1999 as Allysonhymn by guitarist Brandon Mills and drummer Josh Oliver. Formerly an acoustic outfit, the group eventually switched to a more rock-oriented sound. Josh Oliver's brother Caleb later joined the band as a bass player, followed in 2002 by guitarist Chris Clonts. His arrival gave the band "a new sound and purpose"[2] and they began to play with mainstream artists such as Puddle of Mudd, Breaking Benjamin, Crossfade and Adema. The group's new sound called for a new name. "I kid you not...I opened the dictionary and there's the word decipher," Clonts says. "We have three pages of names and I open the dictionary and find this word." [3]

The band has had seven singles reach #1 on the Christian rock charts,[4] and has toured nationally in support of their albums End of Grey and Crash.[5]

In the fall of 2006, Decyfer Down joined Pillar on their "Days of The Reckoning Tour". The tour lasted from October through November and also featured Day of Fire and The Showdown.

Decyfer Down toured with Skillet and Disciple in early/mid 2009, and is touring once again with Skillet, Hawk Nelson, and The Letter Black this fall. The band has been posting pictures from the tour on their MySpace page.

In March 2010, the band announced that they had begun writing for a 3rd album.

Discography

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Albums

Title Year Label
End of Grey 2006 INO Records
Crash 2009 INO Records

End of Grey

A record deal with SRE Recordings/INO Records led to the band's debut album, End of Grey, which was released on June 6, 2006.[1] The album has four singles ("Fight Like This," "Burn Back the Sun," "No Longer" and "Life Again") which have all reached #1 on the Christian rock charts. The album peaked at a low #43 on the Top Christian Albums. "Fight Like This" was heard in a UFC promo which aired on September 7, 2007 for twelve hours on the front page of YouTube. End Of Grey peaked at 43 for 2 weeks on the Billboards Top Christian & Gospel Albums [4]

Crash

On July 7, 2008 Decyfer Down's latest single, Crash hit radio stations everywhere. Decyfer Down also posted Crash on their official MySpace page. "Crash" was the 20th most requested song of 2008 on ChristianRock.net. They recently announced on their MySpace and their official website that a 3 song EP will be released to iTunes on September 30, containing "Crash" as well as two other new songs entitled "Best I Can" and "Now I'm Alive". Recently, "Crash" hit the #1 spot on the Christian Rock charts. The band announced, due to personal issues, lead singer Caleb Oliver had left the band and his replacement was TJ Harris formerly of Fighting Instinct. According to their official website, the album is going to be released May 5 and gave a pre-order where you also get an autograph from the band. On February 3, their new song "Fading" was released onto the internet. It is their first official public studio recording with their new singer, TJ Harris. "Fading" debuted on the Christian Rock Charts at #26 and moved up to #18 the following week. On February 17, the band released an updated EP with TJ's vocals, containing the songs "Crash", "Fading", and "Moving On". As of today, on ChristianRock.net, Decyfer Down is the 20th most requested artist of 2009, placing above popular bands such as Flyleaf, Thousand Foot Krutch, and Pillar.

On February 16, the track list for the new album was officially announced.

Crash, the title track from the album of the same name, was used to promote the Jeff Hardy vs. Matt Hardy match at WrestleMania XXV.

Fading recently peaked at #1 on the Christian Rock Charts, making it their second #1 single from their new album and sixth consecutive #1 single.

"Crash" debuted at #66 on the Billboard 200 in its first week, selling nearly 9,000 copies. It stayed in the Billboard 200 for three weeks, dropping to #128 and then to #181 before falling off the chart. It also debuted on the Top Christian and Gospel Albums chart at #3 before dropping to #8, #16, jumping back to #15, and moving back down to #22. Drummer Josh Oliver has stated in an interview taken place in July that the record has sold upwards of 30,000 copies in not even 3 months. Reviews for the album so far have been mostly positive, with many enjoying the new sound of TJ Harris's vocals.

On December 3, 2009 it was announced on their offical site that Crash had been nominated for Best Rock or Rap Gospel album of the year.

Singles

Year Title Chart positions Album
Hot Christian Songs ChristianRock.Net
2006 "Fight Like This" - - End of Grey
"Burn Back The Sun" - -
2007 "No Longer" - -
"Life Again" - -
2008 "Crash" - - Crash
"Fading" - -
"Desperate" - -

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