Decyfer Down
End of Grey


3.5
great

Review

by pizzamachine USER (220 Reviews)
January 14th, 2011 | 18 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: hard rock that rocks hard.

Sometimes albums just rock hard and it’s difficult to explain why. Something about them just strikes a chord, and they are instantly enjoyable or relatable. There is no way to accurately describe this instant love, it’s just the way it is. Call it love at first sight, call it puppy love, call it destiny, call it whatever the heck you want – I call it a reflection of a person’s personal preferences. You heard correctly, even the worst album in the world could be enjoyable to someone, after all, it’s a personal matter. So why would a certain album hit harder than others" I suggest you examine yourself first.

Mainstream hard rock is not known for its subtlety with dynamics. It consists of loud drums, loud guitars, and loud vocals – everything is loud. What’s worse is that songs can sound too similar because of the same song structure being used over and over and over again. There will be a few verses, maybe a bridge, and a lot of chorus – that’s it. Some albums though, despite falling under the same tradition, still sound new. In End of Grey, Decyfer Down proves the possibility of following the genre’s conventions without being mundane. The funny thing is, Decyfer Down is more or less your typical mainstream hard rock band. Still, they find a way to stand out despite everything that holds them back.

In this album, the appeal is definitely brain-rattling riffs. While other hard rock bands eventually cool down, Decyfer Down remains blistering the entire time. The riffs are constantly heavy, catchy, and extremely cool. There are plenty of (what could be called) breakdowns, but they seamlessly fit into the band’s overall sound. The album has surprisingly good songwriting, which is evident from its ability to stay in the mind of listeners. It certainly helps that amidst the crushing guitars, the band is still tight. It also helps that the lead singer (who was unfortunately replaced after this album) provides an engaging, and powerful vocal performance. Another reason why this album remains memorable lies in the songs which have instantly recognizable melodies, a difficult task to be sure, but this band does it effortlessly. Even every chorus in the album is both robust and unforgettable. How do they do it" It beats me how they do it, but let it be known that End of Grey is a rockin album.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Josh D.
January 14th 2011


14303 Comments


Whoa, a pizzamachine review. Weird.

FatChickIrl
January 14th 2011


4095 Comments


2nd comment yesssss im special

pizzamachine
January 14th 2011


14194 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@ Josh D: I know, you're flabbergasted.

Irving
Staff Reviewer
January 15th 2011


7502 Comments


Solid review, pos for you Pizz.

tiesthatbind
January 15th 2011


7441 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Love this band. Even I know they're generic but they've remained one of my favorites. Awesome review.

wyankeif1337
January 15th 2011


6739 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Vanity is so legit

greg84
Emeritus
January 15th 2011


7608 Comments


I don't like these guys at all. They sound really generic. Why bother when there are so many good hard rock albums around?

Digging: Black Midi - Schlagenheim

Tyrael
January 15th 2011


21113 Comments


Pizzamachine for contrib! Great review.

greg84
Emeritus
January 15th 2011


7608 Comments


Pizzamachine for contrib! [2]. Seriously I thought you'd get it.

pizzamachine
January 15th 2011


14194 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks guys! I was unfortunately gone on vacation during the time I would need to apply to be contributor...

PayneTiger777
January 15th 2011


4511 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nice review, man. I enjoy this band from time to time.

pizzamachine
January 15th 2011


14194 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks but I think you just negged my review haha!

PayneTiger777
January 15th 2011


4511 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I didn't neg it, lol. I'll pos right now.

Tyrael
January 15th 2011


21113 Comments


Omg some idiot negged this.

DanteCuomo
January 15th 2011


381 Comments


95% chance they negged because it's a Christian band, or hit the wrong button.


And kintups for contrib definitely

tiesthatbind
January 15th 2011


7441 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Life Again rules so much.

TooManyFriends
August 27th 2013


3076 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

one of my favorite radio rock albums ever

pizzamachine
August 27th 2013


14194 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah it rules, I listen to this album a lot actually.



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