The '90s spawned a lot of amazing compilations. I plan to post a bunch of those on this blog, starting with my favorite one, East Coast Assault. If you're into NYHC and/or heavy metallic hardcore in general, this compilation should be right up your alley. Released by Too Damn Hype in the early '90s, it features tracks from a number of bands that would end up becoming household names, such as Converge, Merauder, Life Of Agony, Overcast, Sam Black Church and Starkweather. And pretty much every track on here rules big time.
I got this compilation at the 1994 edition of the Dynamo Open Air festival while browsing the boxes of one of the many (mostly metal-oriented) distro's present. At the time, I was still listening to Life Of Agony's River Runs Red album at least 5 times a day, and when I noticed this compilation featured a track of theirs that wasn't on RRR, it was mine in an instant. Seeing more familiar names on there was just a bonus. The LOA track, Plexiglass Gate, would later appear on a re-release of RRR and also on their 1998-1999 CD.
Too Damn Hype would release 2 more East Coast Assault compilations, ECA 2 being a 2 CD compilation and ECA 3 a 3 CD compilation. They also combined both ECA 1 and ECA 2 compilations as a 3 CD re-release. ECA 2 is pretty decent, tho doesn't come close to the level of the original compilation. I don't have a copy of ECA 3, so I can't comment on it. They also did another stellar comp called Philly Dust Krew, which I might post soon as well.
Anyways, if you like any of the abovementioned bands or heavy hardcore in general, do yourself a favor and check out this compilation!
East Coast Assault compilation