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
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