Thoughtcrimes Creates A Slow-Motion End Of The World Feeling For ‘Altered Pasts’

[Cover photo credit to Tom Flynn]

Long Island-born five-piece Hardcore band Thoughtcrimes will be releasing their full-length album, Altered Pasts, on Aug. 26th, 2022, via Pure Noise Records. Produced by Mike Watts, the 11-song collection is previewed by the single “Keyhole Romance,” and its accompanying video directed by Tom Flynn.

Guitarist Brian Sullivan reflects on the album:

Altered Pasts was shaped by the world around us and within us at the same. This album is both a reflection and synthesis of our cognitive, emotional and spiritual processes, as well as a catharsis.

Drummer and guitarist Billy Rymer comments on the single:

This is possibly the most ambitious track we’ve ever made. We wanted to see how far we could push ourselves utilizing dynamics and pure chaos to cohesively create something disgusting yet beautiful. A concept that lead to the treatment of the music video with the high energy performance segments contrasting with the bright colors and gracefulness of the actress.

The new album also features a spoken word track “Hai Un Accendino,” which features poet Michael Clarity reading a poem he wrote specifically for the band when he found himself stuck in Vietnam at the very beginning of the pandemic.

The band feels that Altered Pasts creates a place where “extremes combine to create something that sounds like the slow-motion end of world and all existence, powerful and nuanced, soothing and terrifying, in equal measure”.

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