Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Inner Dam - Through The Eyes Of Suffering demo's

Inner Dam from Orange County, NY was started by John Vista, who did Vista fanzine in the mid '90s. They mixed a love for the typical hard NYHC sound with 'chugga-chugga' and a love for bands like 108 and Unbroken. Combined with John's personal and tormented lyrics, they stood out from most other bands at the time. A close friend of mine around that time had the lyrics to 'Full Circle Broken' written on a wall in her apartment, cuz they meant so much to her.

The first time I heard this band was when the abovementioned friend gave me a mixtape that had the 1997 version of the Through The Eyes Of Suffering demo on it, among other goodies. Loved it from the first listen on. Not long afterwards R.P.P. Records out of Belgium released their first 7" with the same title, so I acquired it and played it numerous times. The 7" is essentially the 1997 demo but with a different closing track, 'Conviction', leaving out 'Inner Dam' from the demo. 'Inner Dam' would later appear as 'Fall To Nothing' on the 'When Angels Fall' CD which combined a couple of new tracks, the 'Through The Eyes...' recordings, and various compilation tracks, including a blistering cover of 108's 'Killer Of The Soul'.

R.P.P. would end up releasing all Inner Dam records, namely the 'Through The Eyes Of Suffering' 7" (1997), the 'The Day Everything Meant Nothing' CD (1997), the 'When Angels Fall' CD (1998) and the 'The Last Second Of Forever' 7" (1999). I can recommend all of these records, Inner Dam was an awesome band. I was lucky enough to have seen them on their first, and only, European tour in 1999 (or 2000?), they absolutely killed it. An awesome and underrated band for sure. I'm fairly sure all their releases are out of print, so if there are any requests for their CD's and 7"s, I might do another Inner Dam post. Just leave a comment.

For now, here are the 1996 and 1997 'Through The Eyes Of Suffering' demo's. Same tracklist, different recordings. Enjoy!

Inner Dam - Through The Eyes Of Suffering 1996 demo
Inner Dam - Through The Eyes Of Suffering 1997 demo
Inner Dam myspace

12 comments:

Bart De Vuyst said...

Bedankt! Ik had de EP op RPP ooit, maar die werd verkocht toen m'n platenspeler het begaf! Leuk om deze terug te horen!

Anonymous said...

thanx for this great post...inner dam was the great band, and they were underated for sure..."the day everything meant nothing" was the masterpiece of the nineties......i never had a chance to lay my ears on their release called "When Angels Fall" so if you have it, please upload it...thanx and take care!

milosh

Jason said...

I just posted all of Inner Dam's releases on my blog at http://ermp3.blogspot.com. Check it if interested.

SEVN30: Memoirs and Madness said...

Inner Dam was an awesome band. John Vista was a really great person and I remember coming to their practices, seeing their first show at the VFW in Newburgh where Atlas Shrugged played and learning about veganism for the first time. John's lyrics I felt were never truly apprectiated the way they should have. Also Ernie the drummer introduced me to Earth Crisis and Kevin (original guitarist) to Strife in a music history class and my life was never the same.

JP from Montgomery NY. 1995-96

xfragglex said...

Easily my favorite local band ever. Band was fucking great and I wish they were still together.

Anonymous said...

https://www.facebook.com/InnerDam?ref=hl

raviisangry said...

any chance of a re upload man?

XemonerdX said...

Re-upped.

Anonymous said...

please upload any other innerdam you may have, thank you!

Anonymous said...

please upload any other innerdam you may have, thank you!

raviisangry said...

Description sounds awesome, could you re upload please? Thanks!

XemonerdX said...

Re-upped.