Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Wednesday, January 26, 2011
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by Josh Royce
Decoder is one of the newer bands in the hardcore scene. They have been signed to Rise Records, and have already made a name for themselves among other bands on the label. They have quite a bright future ahead of them after just releasing a self entitled debut album.




Lately bands among this genre are trying to expand themselves, and create something deeper than just heavy guitar work and breakdowns; Decoder does a fabulous job of achieving this.

Decoder got their start about a year ago, the majority of the band being ex-Oceana members. Making it easy to see where a lot of their inspiration stems from. Ambience is in abundance on this album. They take trance-like vocals and mix it with dark yet hopeful lyrics, having each song stand for a dominant meaning, usually pertaining to the betterment of oneself. “They are definitely different than any hardcore band out there, and it shows drastically.” said Junior Blake Bailes.

The guitar work is inventive at times, but sadly falls short of anything truly memorable. In fact when it comes to the musical aspect of this album, I hardly take it into consideration. The unforgettable parts of this album are the stand out vocal performances, usually with more clean vocals than screamed vocals, and the lyrics themselves.

When it comes to Decoder, they are a fresh change of pace among hardcore bands, and can easily get a trend of followers from this solid debut album. Though they lack creativity at times, they make up for it with astounding content that goes much deeper than their sound.

7 comments:

  1. Josh, this was a really well-written article. It kept my intrest the whole time I was reading it. Good Job!

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  2. You made this band sound pretty sweet, I hope I hear them soon.

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  3. It seems like you have a really big passion for music. I hope your band (eyes of acceptance) goes far. Goood article

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  4. This was really interesting, good job.

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  5. I liked the fact that you did this article on music. There aren't much articles posted about music, and I liked that it was different.

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  6. This is a very interesting article! It seems like a very cool band!

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  7. I love reading music reviews from our Shark Attack family! This one is especially stuck out, I think because of the detail Josh can give when writing about bands he discovers. There is no better way to kill two birds with one stone then getting a great listening on an up and coming band plus being able to write excellent reviews about them. It was good you mentioned what makes them different from other acts along with where they're lacking. Putting the fact out there early that they don't have huge gaps in creativity over other bands was appropriate, giving a person who hasn't heard them an idea before-hand. Then you went on into what they are good at, great vocals and ambiance, that works perfect for your review. You got a nice quote from Blake and I liked the entire post. I hope you stay in the class next year even, I know you'll do great this semester!

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