thoughtcrimes
Altered Pasts


4.5
superb

Review

by Zac124 USER (50 Reviews)
August 28th, 2022 | 79 replies


Release Date: 2022 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Everything you'd hope this band would be and more.

Thoughtcrimes had a lot of expectations to live up to. This is only natural when your drummer is Billy Rymer, a former member of The Dillinger Escape Plan, which is a band that is a pioneer of the mathcore genre. Not only are these expectations met, the album has exceeded them making it an essential listen for fans of the chaotic genre.

It is clear from the very start that Altered Pasts have taken a few cues from The Dillinger Escape Plan handbook with it’s well implemented experimentation, frantic flurries of panic chords, chugging riffs and intense screams. This is why Panopticon is the perfect opener for this album, as it perfectly introduces us to the band's sound while also hinting towards its more experimental touches. Deathbed Confessions is one of the album's most intense songs, with pounding drums dominating the mix and varied vocal lines ranging from high screams to low growls. The drums take centre stage once more on the second half of Conscience on Tilt. It is creative and adds a lot of energy to the calmer moments of the song. Dare I Say is yet another hectic cut. There is a really strong moment where they repeat this sludgy riff with it increasing in speed each time until it detonates into this extremely heavy section filled with fierce low growls. Keyhole Romance stands among the album's highlights with its cleanly sung chorus and its creative use of strings. At the song's final moments, it morphs into a riff filled nightmare containing hellish screams, and it is exceptional.

Altered Pasts contains two interludes, one is the title track and the other is Hai Un Accendio. The title track is this industrial piece that feels ultimately unneeded as it doesn’t really accomplish much. It also doesn’t help that it is really close to the other interlude in the tracklisting, causing an issue with pacing in the middle of the record. The second interlude is much better. It is this spoken word track that builds up in instrumentation until it ends in a satisfying crescendo.

The band is not just blatantly copying what made The Dillinger Escape Plan successful, however, as it is evident that the band has its own unique sound. New Infinities focuses on melody with it’s more restrained, grunge inspired riffing. Rick Pepa’s vocals shine on this track with a powerful performance during the chorus and some Deftones-esque croons in the verses. Classical flourishes are added here where strings take over the melody, which only boosts this song's enjoyability. While Panopticon and Mirror Glues may seem like the usual intense and frenzied sound at first, the band incorporates moments of electronic beats which further shows Thoughtcrimes versatility. Lunar Waves ends the record on a subdued cut with catchy vocal melodies and atmospheric guitar lines. It is not only a satisfying conclusion to Altered Pasts, but it is also dynamic one with its noisy yet melodic final minutes.

Overall, Altered Pasts is one of the strongest mathcore releases in a while with its excellent performances and enjoyable experimentation. The riffs are sporadic, the vocals are powerful and harsh, and the drums are intense. All it really suffers from is a slight pacing issue. Even then, from beginning to end, the album has multiple standout songs and moments. If you are a fan of The Dillinger Escape Plan, this is a must listen as it captures a similar sound while also being its own independent and unique work.



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Zac124
August 28th 2022


2912 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah, this is great and is probably my second favourite album of 2022.



Constructive criticism is welcome.

SlothcoreSam
August 28th 2022


6260 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Top 5 album of 2022 for me.



So much going on here.

Pikazilla
August 28th 2022


30465 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thotcrimes

Josh D.
August 28th 2022


17845 Comments


This is pretty tight.

WatchItExplode
August 28th 2022


10480 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

They cover a lot of ground here and it's all very good

Senetrix666
August 28th 2022


1619 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Mirror Glue is an absolute ripper

Zac124
August 28th 2022


2912 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah, it is certainly up there. Both of Greg Puciato's solo records are also brilliant imo. This might top both though.

rockarollacola
August 28th 2022


2222 Comments


Operation Thoughtcriiiiiiiiiime

Zac124
August 28th 2022


2912 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I think Greg Puciato solo stuff has higher highs but thoughtcrimes is a lot more consistent. I also miss the TDEP style of mathcore so it was nice seeing something similar again.

GhostShelter
August 29th 2022


1008 Comments


Not liking the production on this. Too muddy.

Ecnalzen
August 29th 2022


12163 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Hooray! A review!

Calc
August 29th 2022


17380 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

bring back north korea!

Senetrix666
August 29th 2022


1619 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Wish more metalcore albums had this style of production.

YoYoMancuso
Staff Reviewer
August 29th 2022


19033 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Billy is one of the most skilled drummers to ever to do it, really digging this so far

YoYoMancuso
Staff Reviewer
August 29th 2022


19033 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

starting to get a migraine though so i'll finish it later

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
August 29th 2022


10828 Comments


Album stream:
http://purenoise.bandcamp.com/album/altered-pasts

This rips, even though it’s TDEP throwback.

Confessed2005
August 29th 2022


5731 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah, definitely a TDEP throwback but nonetheless, this rules hard.

AlexKzillion
August 29th 2022


17560 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Wish more metalcore albums had this style of production. [2]

AlexKzillion
August 29th 2022


17560 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

halfway through the first track and can already tell this is a top 5 aoty

AlexKzillion
August 29th 2022


17560 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

the dillinger comparisons are obvious just cause rhymer's really unique playing but i think this band def has a sound that stands on its own



the bangers have an almost grind/dxc tinge to them while the tracks with more clean vox have a disso-deftones sorta vibe... really cool stuff



not sure its top 5 2022 like my initial comment stated tho... middle portion of the album isn't the strongest



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