Two bands, two mysteries: Struggle Within and the RainmenPosted on Tuesday, April 12th, 2005 @ 10:46am » permalink
Alright, I'm a sucker for 90's hardcore. Get over it. I love that shit. In my opinion "East Coast Assault" and "East Coast Assault II" were the best compilations of that entire decade when it comes to ridiculous metallic hardcore. Yeah, there were some weak bands here and there, but there were also some completely overlooked contributors that blew me away only to vanish without a trace. To this day some of the bands on "East Coast Assault II" are absolutely fucking awesome, though it remains a mystery as to whether or not some of them ever made it past this double-CD collection. (You can now buy both of the first two ""East Coast Assault" compilations as one 3xCD set from Very Distribution, among others – pass on "East Coast Assault 3", though.) Among them: Struggle Within and the Rainmen (both from New York). I had never heard of either of these bands when I got this compilation in 1997 and I've never heard a word about them since. Contrary to many jokes made at my expense, I still say that both of these bands were incredible, and I'm dying to know if they recorded anything other than the few songs they tossed onto the first disc of "East Coast Assault II". To me, Struggle Within's brand of metallic hardcore with just the right amounts of rock and metal sounds sort of like Bold circa "Looking Back" meets Turning Point circa their split with No Escape – you just can't lose there, folks. All three of their songs absolutely rule. On the other hand, the Rainmen are just a catchier version of straight metallic hardcore with raspy vocals at times reminiscent of early Cro-Mags material. "At All Cost" is somewhat mediocre, but "Inside" is a stellar tune from start to finish. See what you think. And if anyone knows anything about these bands… please, please please fuckin' email me, as I have searched endlessly for years and come up with squat. Did they ever record other songs? Did any of these dudes end up in other bands? Anything? Anyone? Bueller? Anyone?