After more than a two-year hiatus from recording and touring, the band, collectively Brandon Mills and Chris Clonts (guitars), TJ Harris (vocals/guitar), Benjamin Millhouse (drums) andChris Furr (bass), is reveling in its newfound freedom as an independent band to write, record, release and perform new music. Making a conscious decision to shatter comfort zones, whether they be artistically or thematically, the band held a no-holds-barred approach to The Other Side Of Darkness.
With HM Magazine premiering the lyric video for the hit single from the album, "Nothing More," a fists-in-the-air anthem meant to encourage fans to move forward with God regardless of what might try to stand in the way, the critics are responding in kind:
"Whether it's fist-pumpers such as 'Nothing More' and 'Anchor Me' or the acoustically-framed 'Burn Back The Sun,' Decyfer Down makes a bold, authentic and endlessly compelling case that God's love can truly trump any degree of darkness." - CCM Magazine
"Decyfer Down does rock, and they do it well...It's hard to come away from this as a rockhead not having enjoyed it." - NewReleaseToday.com
"It is truly an out of body experience to listen through this album...with the deep grungy guitar tones and familiar hard hitting drum beats, and who can forget the one of a kind vocal stylings of TJ Harris, who quite possibly has the best voice in the business...10 out 10. Yes, it's that good!" - Echo Asylum
"Not only is Decyfer Down back with full force, but they've cranked it up a notch with monster guitar riffs and killer drum beats...Equally impressive is TJ Harris' dynamic vocal performances...Expect an onslaught of faith-based rock anthems and emotional ballads..." - JesusFreakHideout.com
"Decyfer Down has put a lot of work into the quality and fidelity of these 10 songs that shine a light in a dark valley in all of their listeners lives who need to find that glimmer of hope...The Other Side of Darkness gets the highest recommendation from Contrast CTRL..." - Contrast CTRL
"With gritty guitar, explosive drums, and intense vocals, Decyfer Down's The Other Side Of Darknessshows the struggles of this world and points to the refuge only Jesus Christ can offer." - The Christian Beat
Taking the new music from The Other Side Of Darkness, as well as its growing list of fan favorites, on the road, Decyfer Down is traveling heavily in 2016. Already 20 concerts into the massive, 39-date run on the City Rock Fest 2016 tour with Disciple, Seventh Day Slumber, Spoken and Children 18:3 (see remaining itinerary below), this tour follows Decyfer Down's own successful headline tour last fall, as well as 32 packed events on the 2015 winter/spring leg of the City Rock Fest tour.
"Ten years plus of doing this has been a crazy trip, but it's been awesome," says Harris. "After taking time off and going back out, it's been great to see some familiar faces and hearing how they've grown as people and in their relationship with Christ, plus we still hear from people who heard us on mainstream radio and how a song changed their life. Everyone's from all different backgrounds and situations, but hopefully we're all growing."
"We definitely hope people are encouraged and challenged through this record," sums up Mills. "We are just enjoying the whole process again."
City Rock Fest 2016 Tour:
1-Apr The Underground, Cincinnati, OH
3-Apr Larry's Pizza, Fort Smith, AR
4-Apr Firepoint Baptist Church, Nixa, MO
5-Apr Christpoint Church, Galena, KS
8-Apr Downtown, Wilmington, NC
9-Apr Genxaret, Columbia, MD
15-Apr Twin City Baptist Church, Lunenburg, MA
16-Apr TBA, Presque Isle, ME
17-Apr Lincoln Center, Rockland, ME
20-Apr Chemung County Family Fitness Center, Elmira, NY
21-Apr ALTAR, Pittsburgh, PA
22-Apr McMorran Place Sports & Entertainment Center, Port Huron, MI
23-Apr Battle Creek Friends Church, Battle Creek, MI
24-Apr Midland Nazarene, Midland, MI
26-Apr Church At The Depot, Scott Depot, WV
27-Apr Whitley County Middle School Gym, Williamsburg, KY
28-Apr Set Free Church of Dawsonville, Dawsonville, GA
29-Apr Lifepoint Community Church, De Land, FL
30-Apr OpenWater Church, Odessa, FL
* Tour dates subject to change.