Breathe Carolina
Hell Is What You Make It


3.0
good

Review

by Nick Habisch USER (53 Reviews)
July 15th, 2011 | 35 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Is it generic? Yes. Is it fun? Yes.


With the massive influx of electronica/crunkcore/post-hardcore bands nowadays flooding the music masses, it’s hard to find a band that really manages to stand out from this crowd. Colorado electronic-post-hardcore (whatever genre) band Breathe Carolina’s newest album, Hell Is What You Make It, doesn’t exactly separate the band in anyway from the masses, but there is no denying it is catchy.

Mashing together auto-tuned singing, plenty of vocal effects, screams, keyboards galore, along with some standard instrumentation, Breathe Carolina provides an interesting listen. The albums singles, "Wooly" and "Blackout", as well as track four, "Edge of Heaven" truly showcase the band’s style. Wooly features some bouncy beats, solid screams, and a nice tempo, "Blackout" feels like a radio-friendly affair with its simple lyrics and simple styling’s, and "Edge of Heaven" is pretty much a ballad (if you can truly call it that). These three songs exemplify what Hell Is What You Make It consists of during its thirteen track run.

The biggest draw of bands in this style isn’t usually the instrumentation, instead bands like Breathe Carolina draw the listener in with catchy beats and easily sung lyrics, and Hell Is What You Make It doesn’t disappoint in this aspect. Those looking for truly groundbreaking music might want to look elsewhere, but Breathe Carolina does manage to provide the fun factor, which makes this album at least worth a passing glance.

Hell Is What You Make It may not be an album for the hardcore electronica or post-hardcore fan, but for casual listeners who are dabbling or just getting started in the style it may make for a nice introduction. It’s not the most original album ever released, but there is no denying that Breathe Carolina has something good going for them.



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WhiteWallStargazers
July 16th 2011


2647 Comments


Not the most in-depth review, but eh.

WhiteWallStargazers
July 16th 2011


2647 Comments


Haha, too many long sentences.

Crymsonblaze
July 16th 2011


7482 Comments


I wonder if Sweat It Out and Get Off Easy are about sex.

Crymsonblaze
July 16th 2011


7482 Comments


Maybe Edge of Heaven too. That could go either way.

Awful band though, so I'll never bother finding out.

Okay review, a little on the short side.

Scoot
July 16th 2011


17754 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

this is just as bad as their other shit

ZippaThaRippa
July 16th 2011


2418 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

So fun.

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
July 16th 2011


28526 Comments


dark is a place lets keep it a secret, light is the way bitch make me a pizza

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trymedude
July 16th 2011


151 Comments


hell is what you make of it, so beautiful or soooo what

Dismantle
July 16th 2011


398 Comments


poopy band

DinoX
July 16th 2011


3582 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Guilty pleasure band but I'm not really feeling this album I can't even count how many times I've played their album Hello Fascination.

ZippaThaRippa
July 16th 2011


2418 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm actually digging this a lot more than hello fascination.

GnarlyShillelagh
Staff Reviewer
July 17th 2011


6111 Comments


hells what you make it so lets make it right

MrSenior
July 18th 2011


212 Comments


Catchy release, not quite as enjoyable as Hello Fascination tho.

Recspecs
July 20th 2011


9829 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Hmmm, looks like I'll have to give this a listen

NorwichScene
July 20th 2011


1431 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This isn't too bad, much better than HF

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balcaen
July 26th 2011


3183 Comments


kind of enjoying this a bit. anyone else think it has a bit of a daft punk feel?

DinoX
July 26th 2011


3582 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Definitely a lot more experimentation with the instrumentation and beats on this record.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
July 26th 2011


20857 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

'Hell Is What You Make It' is the 3rd LP from electro-pop act Breathe Carolina... & this time "electro-pop" is used with confidence, as they rarely attempt to infuse every genre into their sound. The Denver duo continue to improve since they predominantly keep things simple & catchy, while often displaying a greater 80's & club influence. Screaming is used more wisely than before, while even the usually awful lyrics have developed. This greater focus does reduce diversity, but that issue is not helped by making another overlong album (13 tracks at 47 minutes) that is bound to contain filler. Recommended Tracks: Blackout, Wooly & Edge of Heaven.

foxblood
August 13th 2011


6797 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

guilty pleasure

JaySeanFenris
September 4th 2011


140 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This album rocked.



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