Glenn of Metalliville Caroline Blue Slave to the Hourglass (E.P) (WWJ Productions 2006) A good ole metal 3-piece from Syracuse, New York who take us back to the mid 80s with their Kiss like sound and Paul Stanleyish vocals. Its a five tracker with songs that have cool playing and plenty of hooks such as those found in Mine, Mine, Mine or the cheesey lyriced The Queen of Pleasure with its throbbing distorted rhythm playing. Keep the cd player on till track 13 as its really funny a telephone call of complaining from their landlord. 7.5/10 By Glenn Milligan --EZCODE ITALIC END--
Here's another great CD Review of "Slave to the Hourglass" from Glam-Metal.com Caroline Blue Slave to the Hourglass Band Line-up (which has since changed from this release): Wayne Johnson-vocals & guitar, Mike Merrifield & Dave Victory, drums; Jamie Criscione-Bass Stand-out Tracks: Mine, Mine, Mine The Queen of Pleasure This five-song release comes from Syracuse NY. Singer/guitarist Wayne Johnson is a promotions animal, and has no problem attracting attention; as hes got that rockstar persona the ladies swoon over and a voice that has an uncanny resemblance to that of Paul Stanley of Kiss (which just happens to be one of his biggest influences), and he aint half bad on the six-string either! In fact, the guitar riffs and solos are the shining stars on the tracks The Queen of Pleasure, and Hard Life. This band embodies all things 80s and does it up right with stinging guitars and a live show that provides plenty of raw energy. Although the band has gone through a recent line-up change, anyone who fancies Kiss, or old school 80s hair metal, is sure to get a rise outta this CD. As Wayne states, Currently we're recording our new CD at Strangeland Audio Studios in Phoenix, NY with Scott Patnode doing the producing/engineering. I'm doing all the vocals/guitar & bass as well as executive producing. The drums are done by Monster Mike Merrifield. There will be 12 songs with some possible bonus/hidden tracks. We're anticipating a late summer/fall release, but will take as long as needed to make sure it's the best it can be! Check em out at : www.carolineblue.com Rating out of 10: 6.5 Review by Tracey L
Well, it had to happen sometime...the boys got a bad review for their "Slave to the Hourglass" CD. The site is Hardrock Haven and the review is reprinted below. I'm not sure, but I think the reviewer is NOT a KISS fan :) Caroline Blue Slave to the Hourless Independent by Matthew Hoffman Staff Writer Comments: Caroline Blue is a three member melodic rock outfit from upstate New York. The first question that comes to mind when the laser hits the disc is why the @#@is a band trying to sound like KISS in 2006? The music is solid if not above average, but it sounds like a KISS tribute record. And it is impossible to get past that. And no matter what anyone has ever, said KISS sucks @#N They were 90mage and 10 ubstance. There is a hidden track that actually is a voice mail from their landlord that asks them to stop pissing off the neighbors, including making humping motions with a stuiffed animal. Now that @#@is funny. The recommendation here is to do anything in the world but sound like those KISS cheese dicks with their next creative project. Overall, the music is pretty well done so it is painful to do this, but this CD is certainly not one worth your hard earned 15 dollars. Band Members Azriel Mordecai (Bass) Metal J (Drums/ Backing Vocals) Wayne W. Johnson (Guitar/ Lead Vocals) Track listing: (1)-Slave to the Hourglass (2)-Mine,Mine,Mine (3)-Hard Life (4)-The Queen of Pleasure (5)-Too Late (6)-Inertia (Hidden Track) (7)- "Stuffed Fun" (Hidden Track) HRH Rating: 3/10
Here's a review of CAROLINE BLUE's "Slave to the Hourglass" CD by the METAL REVIEWS website. In addition to the great review, the CD is also known as "Surprise of the Month" on their website! Click HERE to check it out! CAROLINE BLUE - Slave to the Hourglass Self Financed Heavy Rock / Metal 5 songs (19:14) Release year: 2006 Caroline Blue is a three piece band from upstate New York that really knows how to rock. After listening to this EP a few times, I thought to myself that these guys have captured the spirit of Kiss, Mötley Crüe, and even a bit of Motörhead very well. Afterwards, I ventured onto the band's website, and found that they compared themselves to Kiss, Mötley Crüe, and Judas Priest. There have been numerous times in the past where I've disagreed with a band's description of their sound, but the guy of Caroline Blue know exactly what they're doing, and are very good at it. These five tracks are no frill, heavy rock anthems that melt the attitude of early Mötley Crüe with the party / arena rock catchiness and fun of Kiss. Some of the heavy riffing (such as can be found in The Queen of Pleasure) and blazing solos remind me of Motörhead as well. Musically speaking, Caroline Blue delivers a solid wall that is sure to get your neck moving. The riffs have a raw, in your face edge that add a lot of character to the band's sound. Ensuring that the impact of the music is not lost, the bass guitar has a bold presence that provides a full and complete sound. Sonically speaking, this CD is very polished and professional sounding for a self financed release. Each instrument is mixed at the proper level, and the sound is clear, without losing it's hard edge. Vocalist Wayne Johnson sounds very similar to Paul Stanley, but certainly is not trying to sound like a clone. Obviously, his delivery is a perfect fit for this style of classic heavy rock music. The man does not fail to deliver as he sounds very motivated and into his music, judging from these 5 songs. Of the 5 songs featured on this EP, I found each one to have lasting value and provide me with a nice kick in the rear to get my blood moving. If the band can come up with an entire album of this quality, they mold a nice career for themselves. Fans of 80's heavy rock with an attitude should stop by Caroline Blue's website (link at the top of the review) and learn more about this band. As the band continues to improve and (hopefully) secures a record contract (and recording budget), I envision one hell of a debut album coming from Caroline Blue. Killing Songs : Slave to the Hourglass, Hard Life, The Queen of Pleasure Mike 76 / 100
Here's a review of CAROLINE BLUE's "Slave to the Hourglass" CD by a website in Germany known as Metal-Rules. "Slave To The Hourglass" 2005 Private Pressing (25:19) Everytime I review an album on these sites every reader can be sure that it is a TRUE one. That's justmy favourite music. So it is no wonder that I like this album (okay, more a longer EP) as well. This time it is a classic Hardrock/Metal instead of a Power Metal release. These guys ROCK and you could call their musical style Partymetal (Hairmetal) indeed. This album relaxes your limbs, doesn't bother you and makes you sing together with the boys. All five tracks (the hidden tracks is totally unimportant) are kind of a combination of elder heroes just like Motley Crue, Ratt, a little bit of Priest and a singer who definitely seems to spend his spare time listening to the complete programm of Kiss. Not the highest peak of Metal for sure but nevertheless worth listening. The instrumental transposition is well done as well. Well known guitar sounds of my favourite era give a smooth massage to my eardrums and are kind of a relief for my ageing bones. A visit of the band's homepage is recommended. www.carolineblue.com RonJacMetal Translation: Peter Schulien
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