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After Forever - Decipher

8.5 | 331 votes |
Release date: 2001
Style: Symphonic gothic metal


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01. Ex Cathedra
02. Monolith Of Doubt
03. My Pledge Of Allegiance # 1 (The Sealed Fate)
04. Emphasis
05. Intrinsic
06. Zenith
07. Estranged (A Timeless Spell)
08. Imperfect Tenses
09. My Pledge Of Allegiance # 2 (The Tempted Fate)
10. The Key
11. Forlorn Hope
12. My Pledge Of Allegiance # 1 [live] [Swedish bonus]
13. Forlorn Hope [live] [Swedish bonus]

Additional info
Produced, recorded & engineered from June to August 2001.
Additional production & mix at Studio RS29 from August to September 2001.
Additional keyboard & piano recorded at Cees Kieboom's Digital Residence.
Mastered at Sound Factory.

Decipher has been rereleased by Transmission Records in 2003 in a limited edition of 5,000 copies worldwide. The limited edition is a digipack with an extended booklet with new artwork, a sticker with the new artwork and two bonus tracks:
12. My Pledge Of Allegiance #1 (Live) (6:28)
13. Forlorn Hope (Live) (6:22)
(bonus tracks are from After Forever's "2 meter sessions" recorded July 10, 2002)

Repressed in 2011 in 2CD edition with bonus tracks and unreleased demos.

Staff review by
The sophomore release from gothic "metallers" After Forever is here, the debut Prison of Desire already had been a killer, but Decipher can hardly be put into words anymore!! After a very dark intro filled with violins and some choirs , 'Monolith of Doubt' starts things out, the moment I heard the angelic voice of Floor Jansen I Knew that I was in love... but not everything is angelic.... the heavy guitars, the double bass and the growling/screaming voice of the male singers give perfect equilibrium, you're now listening an eternal fight the angel versus the demon!

published 26.08.2003 | Comments (4)

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16.07.2011 - 08:08
Rating: 10

Oh, Decipher. How can I even begin to praise you? This is After Forever at their best (excluding their self-titled), and if you aren't captivated by Floor's performance in Monolith of Doubt, then you are VERY hard to please. This album is golden all the way through from the aforementioned Monolith of Doubt all the way to the closer Forlorn Hope. My first listen I got a little bored with Intrinsic, but after subsequent listens I've come to love the beautiful, melodic edge that it adds to complete the album.
11.11.2011 - 20:06
Rating: 10

Best After Forever album without any doubt.
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19.11.2012 - 17:22
Rating: 8

Without any doubt self-titled album is better.
27.04.2014 - 11:07
Rating: 7

Now my brother love gothic metal when listen this album. After Forever-Dechiper
13.04.2018 - 00:21
Mountain King
K i K o
I listened to tracks 3, 4, 5 & 11 a few years ago and didn't like any of them except for "Intrinsic" which was a little decent. Not sure what to make of an album that is praised so much. I guess I'll have to listen to the whole thing in order to give a final rating.
30.07.2019 - 11:35
Rating: 8

8.5/10 leaning towards an 8.

An enjoyable album from start to finish.
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31.07.2019 - 00:00
Rating: 7

Written by nonZero on 30.07.2019 at 11:35

8.5/10 leaning towards an 8.

An enjoyable album from start to finish.

Naaah, lower 7 for me. Dont get the hype.
31.07.2019 - 21:57
Rating: 9
Free as a.. Fish
What's to get? It's just very, very good.
31.07.2019 - 22:50
Rating: 7

Written by Azarath on 31.07.2019 at 21:57

What's to get? It's just very, very good.

What I meant was: I dont understand why so many people vote 9 or 10 here because for me the album does not offer a lot of memorable moments.
17.04.2020 - 02:04
Pvt Funderground
Probably the best of its style, it's cheesy as fuck, but if you manage to ignore that you'll realize that the songwriting and the vocals are top notch. And I normally don't like this kind of metal at all.
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