The earliest, little-known incarnation of INNER STRENGTH formed in 1986 in Long Island, NY as a crossover hardcore/punk outfit - portions of which would eventually resurface in NYHC notables Beyond (and later Quicksand, among others). Three demos and three years later, founding vocalist Scott Oliva endeavored to put together a stable all-new lineup, transforming INNER STRENGTH into the progressive metal unit for which the band is now remembered. This formation of the band finally took shape by the fall of 1990: Oliva joined by drummer Joe Kirsch alongside former Arioch members Justin Hosman (bass) and Joe Marselle (guitar).
Within a month, this reinvigorated INNER STRENGTH lineup had played its first show, entering the studio to record their debut outing, Within the Dream, before the end of the year for an early-1991 release. The Extra Strength sessions quickly followed in order to satisfy interest from record labels, representing the group's increasingly diverse approach to technical-yet-melodic metal. The hard work would soon pay off, as INNER STRENGTH continued to work toward its lone full-length offering...
|Packaging Type||Jewel Case|
|Number of Discs||1|