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Decyfer Down performing in Jacksonville, Florida on March 29, 2011.
|Origin||Morehead City, North Carolina, United States|
|Genres||Christian rock, hard rock, post-grunge, alternative metal|
|Labels||Fair Trade Services|
Decyfer Down is a Christian rock band formed in 1999 and based in Morehead City, North Carolina. Until 2002 – the year that Christopher Clonts joined the band – they went by the moniker Allysonhymn (pronounced All-eyes-on-Him). Following Clonts' arrival they switched to the current name, Decyfer Down. Decyfer Down is made up of Christians, but the band is known for their mainstream success having toured with bands like Puddle of Mudd, Breaking Benjamin, and Theory of a Deadman.
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 Oliver joined the band later that year as a bass player and vocalist. In 2002 guitarist Christopher Clonts joined, cementing their sound. The band changed their name to Decyfer Down, then began writing and touring heavily. They have toured with artists such as Puddle of Mudd, Breaking Benjamin, Crossfade and Adema. The band has shared the stage with acts such as Pillar, Thousand Foot Krutch, Day of Fire, The Showdown, Skillet, Disciple, Hawk Nelson, and many more. In 2008, Caleb, appeared with Skillet on their "Comatose Comes Alive" tour. On the song "Those Nights" he played the bass.
A record deal with INO Records led to the band's debut album, End of Grey, which was released on June 6, 2006. The album had five singles "Fight Like This", "Break Free", "Burn Back the Sun," "No Longer" and "Life Again" all of which reached No. 1 on the Christian rock charts. The album peaked at No. 43 on the Billboard Top Christian Albums. "Fight Like This" was featured in UFC promo which aired on September 7, 2007 for twelve hours on the front page of YouTube.
On July 7, 2008 Decyfer Down's released the lead single off their upcoming album; "Crash" to radio. "Crash" went on to peak at the No. 1 spot on the Christian Rock charts and No. 20 on the ChristianRock.net end of year charts. The song was also used to promote the Jeff Hardy vs. Matt Hardy match at WrestleMania XXV. In support of their upcoming album the band released a 3 song EP to iTunes on September 30. The EP contained "Crash" as well as two other new songs entitled "Best I Can" and "Now I'm Alive".
The band announced in September 2008, that original lead singer/bassist Caleb Oliver (brother of drummer Josh) had left the band. T.J. Harris formerly of Fighting Instinct joined a few weeks later. On February 3, the second single "Fading" was released. Fading peaked at No. 1 on the Christian Rock Charts, making it their second No. 1 single from their new album and sixth consecutive No. 1 single. It is their first official public studio recording TJ Harris. On February 17, the band released an updated EP with TJ's vocals, containing the songs "Crash", "Fading", and "Moving On".
On May 5, 2009 Decyfer Down's second studio album, "Crash" was released. It debuted at No. 66 on the Billboard 200 in its first week, selling nearly 9,000 copies, and stayed for three weeks, dropping to No. 128 and then to No. 181 before falling off the chart. Drummer Josh Oliver stated in an interview in July that the record had sold upwards of 30,000 copies in three months. On December 3, 2009 it was announced that Crash had been nominated for a Grammy for Best Rock or Rap Gospel album of the year, which they did not win, but being nominated was a huge success for the band.
In March 2010, the band announced that they had begun writing for a third album. In September 2010, the band posted a short video of them in the studio, working on a new song. In June 2013, the band announced their new album would be titled Scarecrow and would be released on August 27, 2013. The album arrived and continued the radio-friendly format of accessible hard rock. The riffs and songwriting are a bit heavier and more aggressive than heard on previous outings and a tighter band cohesiveness is evident. Highlights include the title track as well as "Westboro".
On May 12, 2015, original member and drummer Josh Oliver announced that he would be stepping down from the band.
- TJ Harris – lead vocals, acoustic guitars (2008–present)
- Chris Clonts – lead guitars (2002–present)
- Brandon Mills – guitars, backing vocals (1999–present)
- Chris Furr- Bass (touring member 2013–present))
- Caleb Oliver – lead vocals, bass guitars (1999–2008) (recorded bass guitar for eight tracks on Crash, in addition to co-writing).
- Josh Oliver – drums, percussion (1999–2015)
- Glenn Hartzog II – bass (toured a few tours during stretch of 2008–2009)
|US||US Rock||US Hard Rock||US Christian|
|2006||End of Grey||SRE Recordings/INO Records, Columbia Records||—||—||—||43|
|2009||Crash||INO Records, Columbia Records||66||21||9||3|
|2013||Scarecrow||Fair Trade Services||—||—||15||14|
|"—" denotes a release that did not chart.|
|2005||Decyfer||Independent||Released when the group was named Decyfer.|
|2008||Crash Digital - EP||INO Records||Contained three songs with Caleb Oliver's vocals.|
|2009||Crash - EP||INO Records||An updated EP with TJ Harris's vocals.|
|2006||ConGRADulations! Class of 2006||interlinc||I'll Breathe For You|
|Christian Rock||Christian CHR|
|2006||"Fight Like This"||1||—||End of Grey|
|"Burn Back the Sun"||1||—|
|"Best I Can"||16||24|
|"Ride with Me"||3||—|
|2013||"Fight to Win"||-||-||Scarecrow|
|"So in Love"||-||-|
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- Crash (Decyfer Down album)
- Crash (Decyfer Down album)