Christian rockers Decyfer Down made a stop in Maryland earlier in the month to a packed house at the GenXaret event held in Columbia, MD. With 3/5 of the band on hand for this show, lead singer TJ Harris, guitarist Brandon Mills, and drummer Ben Millhouse completely blew the roof off of the place with their performance.
Ignite The Fire, a Maryland hard rock act, came on before the headliners and played selections from their EP Trial and Triumph and like clockwork, put on a incredible performance for the GenXaret crowd, their second performance at this venue this year. We here at Shockwave have covered Ignite The Fire many times and if you have never seen these guys live, they put on a great show.
Decyfer Down came on after ITF and I was so looking forward to seeing them play live again as it had been well over ten years since last I saw them on the End Of Grey tour. “Break Free” off of that album started the evening and even though it was only three members playing, they were dead on. Their fourth album, last year’s The Other Side of Darkness, was well represented in the set. “Rearrange,” the first song on the album, is a guitar heavy rocker with thumping drums from Millhouse, and the band did not disappoint the crowd playing this one. Harris has a very unique voice as it’s raspy heavy and very melodic when needed. “Anchor Me” was proof enough of this. “Crash,” the title song off of their second album, was another rocker showcased on this night and Mills was more than having a good time playing this, whipping his hair constantly around, enticing the crowd to sing along. “Fight Like This,” my favorite from their catalog, was played to perfection, bringing back memories to that Towson, MD show. Their new song, “Nothingmore,” which is getting airplay as we speak, ended the evening unfortunately, and the band was done, leaving me craving more.
Very underrated and very good live, Decyfer Down are a force to be reckon with, Christian circuit or not. These guys rock hard and if you have never heard of them until now, pick up their new disc and feel free to email me and thank me for turning you on to this band. I look forward to their return to Maryland.
Ignite The Fire