Crash (Decyfer Down album)

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Studio album by Decyfer Down
Released May 5, 2009
Genre Post-grunge, alternative metal Christian Rock
Label INO
Producer Paul Ebersold, Zachary Kelm (executive)
Decyfer Down chronology
End of Grey
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2.5/5 stars[1]
Christian Music Zine B[2]
Rawkfist Music 7.5/10 stars[3]
Tunelab 8.0/10 stars[4]
Jesus Freak Hideout 2.5/5 stars[5]

Crash is the second album by the North Carolina rock band, Decyfer Down. It is also their first album with the new lead vocalist, TJ Harris.


On July 7, 2008, Decyfer Down uploaded their first single and title track to their MySpace player. On September 30, 2008, a three track EP titled, "Crash - Digital EP" was released onto iTunes, Amazon, and other digital retailers. The EP contained the songs, "Crash", "Best I Can", and "Now I'm Alive". It was also announced that the band's lead vocalist, Caleb Oliver, had left due to personal reasons.

In late October 2008, TJ Harris joined the band as the new lead vocalist. The second single "Fading" was released to radio on January 28, 2009. On February 17, 2009, Decyfer Down released an updated EP titled, "Crash - EP". The EP contained the songs, "Crash", "Fading", and "Moving On". The album leaked in full a month before its release date on April 1, 2009. Although not included on the album as a whole, "Now I'm Alive" is downloadable on iTunes as a bonus track on the record.

The song "Crash" was featured in promotional videos to hype the Matt Hardy vs. Jeff Hardy match taking place on WWE's WrestleMania XXV pay-per-view, which aired on various WWE programming in the preceding weeks as well as at the event itself. "Forever With You" was featured on a promo for One Life to Live.

The third single, after "Crash" and "Fading", was announced to be "Desperate", which recently peaked at #1 on the Christian Rock chart, making it their seventh consecutive number-one single. The album has been nominated at the 52nd Grammy Awards for Best Rock Gospel Album.

Track listing[edit]

Album release
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Crash" Chris Clonts, Trevor McNevan, Brandon Mills, Caleb Oliver 3:51
2. "Desperate" (Fighting Instinct cover) TJ Harris, Oran Thornton 2:55
3. "Fading" Chris Clonts, Paul Ebersold, Brandon Mills 4:11
4. "Best I Can" Chris Clonts, John Cooper, Brandon Mills, Josh Oliver 3:38
5. "Ride With Me" Rick Beato, Clonts, Brandon Mills, Caleb Oliver 3:23
6. "Wasting Away" Christopher Clonts, Brandon Mills, Skidd Mills, Caleb Oliver, Justin Rimer 4:03
7. "Over My Head" Christopher Clonts, Paul Ebersold, Brandon Mills 3:54
8. "Moving On" TJ Harris, Oran Thornton 3:45
9. "The Life" Rick Beato, Christopher Clonts, Brandon Mills, Caleb Oliver 3:49
10. "Forever With You" Chris Clonts, Paul Ebersold, Douglas Kaine McKelvey, Brandon Mills, Skidd Mills 4:09
Total length: 37:33


Main artists[edit]

  • TJ Harris – Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals, Bass Guitar, Acoustic Guitars
  • Chris Clonts – Lead Guitars, Rhythm Guitars, Backing Vocals
  • Brandon Mills – Rhythm Guitars, Lead Guitars, Backing Vocals, Synth
  • Josh Oliver – Drums, Percussion

Additional musicians[edit]

  • Caleb Oliver – Recorded Bass Guitar on 8 songs of the Crash album, in addition to co-writing. Also recorded Lead Vocals and Backing Vocals on Crash - Digital EP, and Backing Vocals on the song "Fading".


In 2010, the album was nominated for a Dove Award for Rock Album of the Year at the 41st GMA Dove Awards.[6]


  1. ^ Leahey, Andrew. Review: Crash at AllMusic. Retrieved 29 December 2009.
  2. ^ Hess, Tyler (July 19, 2009). "Decypher Down - Crash (Album review)". Retrieved 4 July 2011. 
  3. ^ Hart, Andrew (May 9, 2009). "Decyfer Down – "Crash" (2009) (review)". Retrieved 4 July 2011. 
  4. ^ "Review: Decyfer Down – 'Crash'". May 5, 2009. Retrieved July 4, 2011. 
  5. ^ Fryberger, Scott (April 29, 2009). "Decypher Down, "Crash" Review". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved July 4, 2011. 
  6. ^ 41st Annual GMA Dove Awards nominees announced on The Tennessean (February 18, 2010)