Decipher (After Forever album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedDecember 26, 2001
RecordedJune–September 2001
StudioRS29 Studios, Waalwijk, Netherlands
GenreSymphonic metal, gothic metal
ProducerStephen van Haestregt and Oscar Holleman
After Forever chronology
Prison of Desire
Singles from Decipher
  1. "Emphasis/Who Wants to Live Forever"
    Released: 2002
  2. "Monolith of Doubt"
    Released: 2002
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Lords of Metal(96/100)[2]
Metal Hammer (GER)6/7 stars[3]
Metal Storm9/10 stars[4]

Decipher is the second album by Dutch symphonic metal band After Forever, released in 2001. In this album, the band make use of live classical instruments and a complete choir to back up the soprano voice of lead singer Floor Jansen. Thrown in the mix are also a duet of soprano and tenor voices in "Imperfect Tenses" and the recording of the late Israeli PM Yizhak Rabin voice during the Peace treaty signing ceremony on October 26, 1994 on "Forlorn Hope"; this is the last After Forever album with guitarist and founder Mark Jansen, who left the band soon after its release.

The album has been re-released by Transmission Records in 2003 in a limited edition of 5,000 copies worldwide; the limited edition in digipack had an extended booklet, a sticker with new artwork and two bonus live tracks.[5]

The album was re-released in 2012 as a 2-disc set by the re-financed Transmission Records.

Track listings[edit]

1."Ex Cathedra" (Overture)Mark JansenSander Gommans2:02
2."Monolith of Doubt"Floor JansenM. Jansen, Gommans, F. Jansen, After Forever3:31
3."My Pledge of Allegiance #1" (The Sealed Fate)M. JansenGommans, M. Jansen, F. Jansen, After Forever6:24
4."Emphasis"F. JansenGommans, M. Jansen, F. Jansen, After Forever4:18
5."Intrinsic"F. JansenM. Jansen, Gommans, F. Jansen, After Forever6:44
6."Zenith"F. JansenM. Jansen, Gommans, André Borgman, F. Jansen, After Forever4:21
7."Estranged" (A Timeless Spell)M. JansenM. Jansen, Gommans, F. Jansen, After Forever6:54
8."Imperfect Tenses"F. JansenM. Jansen, F. Jansen4:08
9."My Pledge of Allegiance #2" (The Tempted Fate)M. JansenGommans, M. Jansen, F. Jansen, After Forever5:05
10."The Key"F. JansenGommans, M. Jansen, F. Jansen, After Forever4:47
11."Forlorn Hope"M. JansenM. Jansen, Gommans, F. Jansen, After Forever6:21



  1. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "After Forever Decipher review". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved July 5, 2011.
  2. ^ Barten, Michiel. "After Forever - Decipher". Lords of Retrieved July 28, 2014.
  3. ^ "After Forever - Decipher" (in German). Metal Hammer. December 2001. Retrieved July 28, 2014.
  4. ^ Congrains, Kike (August 23, 2003). "After Forever - Invisible Circles review". Metal Storm (webzine). Retrieved April 11, 2010.
  5. ^ "After Forever - Decipher". Encyclopaedia Metallum. Retrieved April 3, 2010.