INTEGRITY DID A SECRET SHOW IN CLEVELAND

Integrity means many things to many people. Members of the band have attracted equal amounts of love and hate over the years. They have been a controversial unit who have set the bar pretty damn high. Both aesthetically and musically, Integrity has swayed a whole generation of hardcore fans and musicians away from the posi oriented jargon of bands like Youth of Today, and off into an abysmal, dark, and metallic place of despair. I can definitely get down with that. Last night (9/282015) Integrity made a surprise appearance at the Foundry in Cleveland, Ohio. Only about forty lucky fans and friends were there to witness the madness, from what I am told. Here is a video from the show of them doing the classic “Micha”, courtesy of Bill Zakovec.

Set list:
Vocal Test
Hollow
Systems Overload
Judgement Day
Micha
Hybrid Moments (Misfits cover)

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BLOOD OF CHRIST: CLEVELAND DEATH METAL (1992)

Here is a brutal piece of death metal nostalgia that must have been recorded straight from the cassette tape. I.N.R.I features future Ringworm member Matt Sorg, and other members of the Cleveland metal community that have been active for many years. Check out these tracks. It definitely captures that early 90s death metal feel, before that scene went in a technical and or image based direction.

….and hear the songs in a higher quality format here

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RUST BELT HAMMER INTERVIEWS ARCHIE AND THE BUNKERS

First off, how old are you guys? I feel like maybe I’m old enough to be your father, if I made some really poor decisions as a teenager.

Emmett: I just turned seventeen.
Cullen: I’m fourteen Continue reading RUST BELT HAMMER INTERVIEWS ARCHIE AND THE BUNKERS

FULL LIVE SHOW FROM 80’S AKRON; HYPER AS HELL

Hyper as Hell is an 80s hardcore band that has fell into the realm of obscurity. To a select few though, they are a legendary force of unstoppable capabilities. Members would go on to form Sockeye and other NE Ohio weirdo bands. Hyper as Hell lurked the streets and alleyways of Kent and Akron, Ohio, leaving the area to still feel the aftershocks of their influence. Check out this live show, which is now available online for the first time. Thanks to Jeff Hardy for the upload.

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BEYOND THE RUST BELT; FULL DOCUMENTARY ON THE GUN CLUB

I have been wanting to see this documentary for years. Jeffrey Lee Pierce has been a man of mystery and intrigue. This documentary does a good job of uncovering some of that mystery, taking an honest look at the man and myth. I have a few qualms with the film but they are pretty minor. I don’t want this to be a review so just watch the movie and form an opinion for yourself. I can guarantee that at the very least, you will be entertained.

The film is available for purchase at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/gunclub

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THE RUST BELT HAMMER MANIFESTO; COMING OF AGE WITH UNDERGROUND CULTURE

Sometimes I try to pinpoint my weirdness. I want to know where it all started. Is it some sort of biological predisposition that has left me susceptible to the culturally abnormal? Or maybe I’m a product of my environment? I am no scientist or sociologist, but I want to talk about the latter; growing up in a place smack dab in the middle of Pittsburgh and Cleveland…the city of Youngstown. While not exactly living in a small place, I always looked at the near Cleveland, as some sort of artist paradise, a place where fledging weirdos ruled the land and couldn’t be bothered. This a bit of a distorted vision but it guided me through my youth. Continue reading THE RUST BELT HAMMER MANIFESTO; COMING OF AGE WITH UNDERGROUND CULTURE