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New York Carry the Torch Album Review

New York 

Carry the Torch/ Electric Thunder

Heaven and Hell Records


Album Review by Allyson Kingsley, Music Journalist

Boston Rock Radio


New York formed around 1986 at a time when hair metal and hard rock were at the pinnacle of popularity. You could not go anywhere without hearing the likes of Poison or Dokken blaring from car radios or cassette players. It was an era that I look back fondly upon...music was fun, guitar gods abounded, debauchery and hedonism were the themes of most weekends. Coming upon New York's remasters of Carry the Torch/ Electric Thunder was a treat for my ears. The members of New York were Jimmie Ennis (vocals, guitar), Freddy Foster (bass, vocals), Johnny ‘G’ Lover (guitar, vocals) and Rikk Hanz (drums). Michael Scott Mills was the drummer on the original Electric Thunder demo (1988). The infamous and well-loved Eric Carr was the drummer for the track “Electric Thunder” as well as being the producer on the Electric Thunder recordings. Sadly, New York did not reach the heights of aforementioned hair metal bands but indeed they should have.


From kickass riffs on tracks such as “Let it Roll” and “Deathwish” to the boisterous drumming on “Electric Thunder” this is classic 80s hard rock done to perfection. The vocals are crisp and clear and the vibe is absolutely fun. Although there is a resurgence of the 80s rock and hair metal sound, it still remains underground. This album enveloped me in the sweet sound of that era and heaven knows I am damn proud to have been a teen in that most magical time.







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