Sunday, May 6, 2018

Album Review | Carthreena - Breathe For Tomorrow

Yass the kween is back again after going on and off again with the blogging sphere and literally writing the introduction of this entry while listening to Nightwish considering the title above is definitely nothing to do with them.

Okay I'll stop and continue with the main cause of this acknowledged entry.

I'm here with my brain for Carthreena!

You kids will ask me "WHAT THE F*CK IS CARTHREENA?"

Well, read!!! You lazy younger generations with iPhones.

Disclaimer: Please note that I’m doing this on a VERY VERY PROFESSIONAL basis. Every comments and critics are based on what people want to listen, their demands and etc. Also please note that I'm very critical at finding flaws and NEVER BIAS and I have run through this whole album thoroughly multiple times.

Image courtesy from Carthreena 
Carthreena is a Malaysian post-hardcore band from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, formed in 2010.  All through out of their musical career, the band is known for fast, hard music based in heavily distorted guitars, prominent lead guitar lines, and frequent changes in complex time signatures. 

They achieved national fame with the released of their single ‘Change the World’ in December 2013. They have performed tons of gigs and several national festivals including AOR Festival 2015, Kawanfest 2015, Stone Chisel Indie Fest 2015, Gegeyfest 2014 and Northern Fest 2012 & 2016, yet still active performing band around Malaysia.

In 22nd January 2018, they have released their debut album ‘Breathe For Tomorrow’ in physical copies and digital (Spotify & Deezer). The album is recognized as one of the anticipated album for the year of 2018. -Quoted from band's profile

Image courtesy from Carthreena


  • I Set You on Fire (2010)
  • Pretending (Roses of Surrender) (2011)

Single (s)
  • Whispering Goodbye (2011)
  • Forbidden Hearts (2011)
  • Start Over Again (2012)
  • Change the World (2014)
  • Cancer (2014)

Compilation (s)

Compilation MMXIV
The New Core Wave (TNCW) x Emotional/ Melodic Hardcore Promotions (EMHP)
Released August 20, 2014 (Mexico)
Track 7. Carthreena - Change the World

Studio album
  • Breathe For Tomorrow (2018)

Cover view of this album.

For not judging the book or album by its covers, oh well I do because women judge. I love the injected artform essence of totemic insect which is a bee in this case as I believe so was truly inspired by the ancient rock art by the ancient cultures in Europe and the Near East which sometimes referred as the "goddess".

Overview of this album.

This excellent nu-cultural concept artwork album named as "Breathe For Tomorrow" consist of 12 tracks with 7 English songs, 4 Malay song and 1 short instrumental track.  The explained genre is post-hardcore and I agree for its fast moving energetic music that actually emphasize a greater degree of creative expression when you're moving from track to track.  

Reminiscing down the memory lane.

When I first ran through this album it reminded me one of my favourite albums of all time, Yellow Card-Ocean Avenue album from 2003.  Ok chill, I know both of these albums have obvious distinct genres but somehow they both have the similar energy.  Try ignoring the sliver lining of these genres and imagine replacing the violins in YC with the strings from Carthreena, they would be quite similar.  Not bad kind of similar but GOOD!

Listen to YC's Way Away, and Empty Apartment and you will get what I meant. 


Image courtesy from Carthreena

Based on the article on 2007 quoted by Jeff Terich on Treblezine, "the originality of post-hardcore emerge from the era after hardcore's heyday (notably, the '80s), and most bands within the genre got their start in hardcore. However, the twist is instead of sticking to its rigid constraints, these artists expanded beyond power chords and gang vocals, incorporating more creative outlets for punk rock energy." On a more casual term it is a genre of music formed when people in the hardcore scene got tired of hardcore's limited form (Geoff, 2005).

This 40 minutes album have various styles of music that won't make you feel bored if you are a true post-hardcore fan.  The songs arrangements from track 1 to 12 is considered very well planned and excellent as they are very well matched and compliments the sequences. A friendly album hack is that they shouldn't be too high up with non-stop catchy music or the other way around,  it should be an added variance to one another and association of fast and slow moving sounds.

Lyrics-wise linguistically are very easy to understand not to much metaphoric elements, they can easily reach the emotions of all fans and listeners.  Remember when most of us were younger (back then for example the old days of Simple Plan) and there's a song or an album that was very entertaining and magically catch up to our pleasure, well this is how you can get it in 2018. Carthreena gets them to your soul!

In terms of instruments, there's nothing to talk about.  My ears heard fascinating signature s of post-hardcore; the slow melodic minor scale and melodic metal-core style rhythms added to bind with some progressive elements.  Since I'm not a musician (unless calling a person that plays 4 months of intense ukulele a musician, then I'm still not one) nothing much I can comment about the technicalities but as a listener, most important is that they are perfectly tight and harmonizes within all aspects of the instruments.  Kudos for the outstanding effort.  And for the vocals, how the f*ck did you managed to reach that high notes? Incredible af!!

My genuine reaction to this masterpiece was quite pleasant.  I don't often listen to post-hardcore genres but I'm confident to say that this album able to make me have fun by listening to it.  They have this my so-called made up word is the spirit-goosebumps, when you listen to the whole album, you feel this energetic spirit came on your surroundings like a force-field globe that protects you (not Wakanda) for the whole 40 minutes and that spirit energy made your senses tingling with goosebumps because you are so well entertained by it.


My most fav song in this album is Malaysia,  a very catchy anthem of patriotism and the realities of things that you are aware of being a true Malaysian.  Basically I'm a well known as the least patriotic values on earth however that song did change my perception towards with holding my nation and very proud to sing along to this.  Guys, this is the song that you should listen to while waiting for your turn to cross out the ballot on this upcoming general election.  I'm not even joking!

The song Remembrance has its own touchy feely amusements for people who's having a handful of breakup sentiments just like I Will Stay by We Are The Fallen and when Dean's vocals appeared on Streetlights, there were fireworks in my head.

Should you buy this album?

Absolutely YES!  Even if your are not a fan of this genre, you should still get it for yourself because of the new revelation of post-hardcore music that you should experience yourself and just because they are truly awesome!

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M. (2016, November 24). How To: Make a Post-Hardcore Song in 6 Min or Less ( Full Song at the End) || Shady Cicada. Retrieved from

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