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CAROLINE BLUE / Blog

9/16/2007-WEST SIDE DAVE REVIEWS NOT FOR THE INNOCENT CD

Hey everyone, we just found out that CAROLINE BLUE's "Not For The Innocent" CD has just been reviewed on West Side Dave's Metal Website! WSD's website is a vast array of reviews, interviews & more including Joe Lynn Turner, Rich Williams (Kansas), Bob Daisley, Stefan Leibing (Primal Fear) & many more (including a few with CB's WWJ!)! Go to http://www.angelfire.com/zine2/westsidedave/Reviews33.html Caroline Blue-"Not For The Innocent"-2007 "Not For The Innocent" is the latest release for Syracuse Hard Rockers Caroline Blue, and it`s certainly their best yet! This album finds the band at the crossroads of their career; while the Kiss elements of past releases still abound [particularly in the vocals], "NFTI" shows CB finding their own identity. It`s also their most focused release to date. Lyrically, the band have kept things more street level, though the subject matter seems to derive a bit more from personal experience, which usually makes for some good material. This time out, guitarist/vocalist Wayne W. Johnson also assumes bass duties, and is joined on the album by drummer "Monster" Mike Merrifield. The disc took quite a while to complete, and was recorded, mixed and mastered by Scott Patnode at Strangeland Audio studios in Phoenix, NY, which is only 10 minutes from yours truly! Track One is "Our Love Is Wasted", a fist-pumping anthem that kicks of the proceedings nicely; it`s the type of song that CB does well, and holds the listener`s attention throughout. Next up is "Love Me Or Leave Me" and sees the band adding a more "Modern" touch to their trademark style, though in subtle shades. "Deny" sounds at times downright funky, further proof of the bands` willingness to expand musically but still remain within their established structure. Other highlights include the ballad "Stay" and "Pain", which is one of the best cuts on the album. Also worth mentioning are "Out Of My Life [I Want You]" and the flashy "I`ve Seen The light Tonight", which features yet another memorable riff from Mr. Johnson. All told, another solid effort from a band that obviously has no intention of confining themselves TOO much to established patterns. "Not For The Innocent" shows that Caroline Blue are able to stretch out [but not sell out!] in order to ensure both their own musical growth, as well as keeping their fans happy. A tightrope walk to be sure, but it`s not work if you truly love what you do, something clearly on display here. Highly recommended!!!!! -- ---- ---- END body -- Caroline Blue

9/12/2007-CAROLINE BLUE COMP. VIDEO ON POST STANDARD (NY-USA) WEBSITE

Our sources have told us that there is now a video on The Post Standard website that features CAROLINE BLUE! The Post Standard sent a video crew to film songs from the CB's show back in 5/4/2007. The video is actually made up of short clips of CAROLINE BLUE doing various songs on stage-including "Our Love is Wasted", "Hard Life", Tears are Falling (KISS) and more. Go to http://blog.syracuse.com/video/2007/08/caroline_blue_1.html to check it out!

9/2/2007-BUFFALO ROCKERS FOR LIFE 2007 COMPILATION CD

CAROLINE BLUE is one of 19 bands featured on the new BUFFALO ROCKERS FOR LIFE COMPILATION CD. CB's song "Slave to the Hourglass" Track 4. This CD is part of a National Anti Drunk Driving Campaign run by Illumina Records who's motto is "Saving Lives One Song at a Time." This CD also featured fellow Syracuse Rockers Brace with "Fist of Job." The CD can be purchased at The CAROLINE BLUE Online Store http://carolineblue.com/page15.html and a review of the CD can be seen at http://carolineblue.com/page119.html . This CD is dedicated to the memory of Kayla Lynn Miller, a 16 year old girl who was killed in a drunk driving incident. A portion of the proceeds derived from the sale of this CD will be donated by Illumina Records for the purpose of creating a scholarship in Kayla's name. For more info on the project please visit Illumina Records http://www.illuminarecords.com/

12/29/2006-STTH CD Review-Hardsounds.it (Italy)

Click --EZCODE LINK START--HERE --EZCODE LINK END-- to see it. below is the English translation provided by Andrea (thanks!) --EZCODE ITALIC START--"From the state of New York, Caroline Blue is a solid melodic hard-rock trio moved by classic inspiration taken from Kiss, but never figuring as a their cover band, and never as rakes and lack of personality. Indeed, Caroline Blue weight down the sound in phase of riffing, and run with a rythmical section aggressive and more powerful guaranteeing a precise trademark. "Slaves To The Hourglass" is their first studio work, a five tracks EP(more two hidden tracks that does not add a lot in matter of quality: an acoustic instrumental song, and a telephone call by Wayne while promoting the record), dynamic and spontaneous that let truly imagining a monstro attitude to the live show dimension(very large is the number of cover songs in their own catalogue). Title-track and "The Queen Of Pleasure", in this sense, express on the better way the concept of CB's "wall-of-sound". In auge for sure we have Wayne Johnson, vocalist, determined and visceral axe-man who drags all the compositions in a vortex made by electricity and sweat, in a certain way paying tribute to Paul Stanley, but able to communicate his own personality and rock'n'roll glamour. The producing, unfortunately, is not the best one. The sound is too much stuffed with wadding, and drums sounds too much like as in the '80, but i'm also speaking about a kind of autoproducing, and therefore lack of technology to "clean or modernize the sound". Anyway, are Caroline Blue the "next big thing"? They surely could be it. The potentialities does not lack, the same to say in fact of determination to assert themself(furious is the promotion on the web, so much organized and detailed). At last just a note to say that the band members signed on the cd credits are not same than actual(except Wayne), and therefore i do not know the effective quality of the new ones, but voices said that their recently live performances has been great. Then, what we have to do is to wait for the full-lenght record, but this Ep is a nice aperitif that open your stomach as well until that time." Appresial: 73/100 --EZCODE ITALIC END--

12/27/2006-CAROLINE BLUE Show-Schultzie's-Phoenix,NY-12/30/06

CAROLINE BLUE will be opening for Reloaded at Schultzies in Phoenix,NY on Saturday ecember 30,2006. Show starts at 10 PM & Admission is TBA. For more info visit http://carolineblue.com/

12/25/2006-New CAROLINE BLUE Can Now Be Seen on UVTV Site

As you may know, back in August 2006, CAROLINE BLUE filmed a concept/live video for the song "Slave to the Hourglass" at The Half Penny Pub in Syracuse, NY. The lineup of the band at this shooting was Wayne W. Johnson (Vocals/Guitar), Azriel Mordecai (Bass) & Monster Mike Merrifield (Drums). We were told that the video will be broadcast thru several outlets by as early as mid January 2007 . However, we just found out that the "Slave to the Hourglass" video can be seen RIGHT NOW at the UVTV site! Go to http://www.uvtv.info/carolineblue.php to check it out! Please remember to vote for the song by moving your mouse to the stars and clicking (if you move it to the 5th star, it counts as a vote of 5 stars-HINT!). Don't forget to check out and vote for the other CAROLINE BLUE videos while your there-not to mention you can also check out other videos from such bands like Dogs on Mars, Zadoc & The Nightmare, Hemorrhage, Brand New Sin and many more!

Slave to the Hourglass CD Review-Metal to Infinity (Belgium)

Hiya! We jusy got word of a great review of CAROLINE BLUE's CD "Slave to the Hourglass" from the website Metal to Infinity (Belgium). Click HERE to see the page or just read below! CAROLINE BLUE - SLAVE TO THE HOURGLASS INDEPENDENT METAL TO INFINITY Caroline Blue is a three piece band that is located in Syracuse, New York. Current line up is Josh Dean on drums, Johnny Sniper on bass, and mastermind Wayne W. Johnson is taking care of the lead vocals and guitars. All members have played in numerous bands before, so they could acquire experience a lot! The members on the picture of the CD are not the current members and did not play on this EP. The only reason why they were printed is because they were part of the line up at the time of the CD's release. It might be a bit confusing, but you can read all details on the bands homepage: http://www.carolineblue.com/. It was my first acquaintance with the band, and from the opener Slave To The Hourglass, there was a pop up in my head that directed me to Kiss their Paul Stanley. Not only the voice of Wayne is resembling, also the intonation, and the way he brings it on, refers to Kiss their front man. Musical wise, we hear great, solid but Melodic Hard Rock that will please a lot of fans that are into the old school 80's hair metal. The band shot a video for this title track, and also one for ''The Queen of Pleasure'', perchance my favorite tracks from the EP. Wayne holds the string tight, and whatever the line up is, he's the man that controls the band and the songs. So far, the band has a repertoire of more or less 20 songs, and a huge catalog of cover tracks. Does it surprise you that they cover about 15 Kiss tracks, but also Metallica, Godsmack, Black Sabbath, Halford, Iced Earth, Judas Priest, AC/DC... a.o. I have the feeling that this band is a real live act that knows what people like and know how to bring it down to the masses! The five songs on the EP are above the average what I've heard these months, and make me curious about the next material that is being recorded at Strangeland Audio Studios in Phoenix, NY. Scott Patnode is doing the producing/engineering, and the release is set for early 2007. Besides 12 songs, there might be a bonus or hidden track on the disc, but I do hope that the band will deliver upper class material than the 6 minutes acoustic track (track 6) that was hidden on this E.P. or the second hidden track (#13), which consists of a telephone call of a complaining of their landlord... Totally negligible and of no use at all...My rating: 80/100 This CD review was written by Patrick de Sloover on behalf of Metal To Infinity Webzine

12/11/06-WWJ IN FEBRUARY 2007 ISSUE OF GUITAR WORLD

Hey everyone! We just found out earlier today that WAYNE has been feautred in the "Defenders of the Faith" section in the February 2007 Edition of Guitar World Magazine! Very cool-even though they got his middle initial wrong ( "M" instead of "W"). Way to go Wayno!

11/17/06- CAROLINE BLUE Show-The Gathering Place-Rome.NY-11/18/06

CAROLINE BLUE will be performing at The Gathering Place in Rome,NY 13440 (287 E. Dominick Street) on Saturday November 18,2006. Admission is $5.00. CAROLINE BLUE will be going on 1st at 10 PM. Following them will be Zadoc...& The Nightmare with a spacial appearance by Jane Evil .The last band performing will be Jayne Dracula. Show is 18 & over but everyone must bring scannable ID.

11/2/06-Slave to the Hourglass CD now available in Japan!

CAROLINE BLUE's CD "Slave to the Hourglass" is now available online thru a site in Japan named DISK HEAVEN (JAPAN) Click on the link to check it out! Btw-you'd don't have to install the language pack to read the site.....