Reviewed! Breathe Carolina - Hell Is What You Make It

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Breathe Carolina
Hell Is What You Make It
Fearless Records

Hell Is What You Make It is truly a perplexing record. On one hand, Breathe Carolina’s third studio effort offers up some of the best material the duo has ever put to wax, material that includes lead single “Blackout,” but on the other hand, the record sees a lot of the band’s heft sapped away. Well, there is the song “Wooly,” which is one of Breathe Carolina’s heaviest to date,  one filled with a sugary-sweet hook you’ll be singing in no time and some quality breakdowns, though, for the most part, screamer Kyle Even’s contributions to Hell is What You Make It are minimal. On the whole, this album is more of the same from Breathe Carolina – borderline club bangers full of dance floor worthy synths, catchy melodies and a truckload of auto-tune, but with Hell Is What You Make It the duo tosses a new wrinkle into the works – dubstep. “Edge of Heaven,” “Get Off Easy” and “Chemicals” are such examples, and “Edge of Heaven” might just be the best representation of this bands vocal abilities we’ve heard yet. But, it’s not all fun and games though. While a song like “Waiting” represents the good in Hell Is What You Make It, frivolous tunes like “Last Night (Vegas)” represent the seedy underbelly, throw away filler that sound more rushed than anything else. That being said, there’s more good than bad here in the end, and that’s not even mentioning the endearing closer, “Lauren’s Song,” a track dedicated to a friend of the group that passed away in a car accident.     

Grade: B-
Go Download: "Blackout"