What would happen if Discharge was from Ohio instead of England. The results would sound something like Nukkehammer. These guys have an awesome approach to a genre that has been many times. It’s very Ohio. The production is raw and very midwest punk. This is one for the whole family (to die to)! Enjoy and spread. Rust Belt Hammer is back, mofos.
Cider may dawn the faux British accents but make no mistake about it, they are very Cleveland. The first time I saw Cider was in Youngstown, Ohio, at Play Fast or Die Fest. Their set was way longer than the allotted slot, nobody was into it, and then they got into a confrontation with members of Crowd Deterrent. I still have no clue exactly what went on between those two groups but it all seemed pretty funny and obnoxious.
Cider has been playing on and off since the 90s and shares members with other bands such as Darvocets, Integrity, Midnight, and more. They are Cleveland (British) Royalty. I haven’t really posted much about Cider, but here’s to them. The music is violent and angry, fitting into the Clevo HC lineage perfectly. Some may call them a “joke band” but they are way more pissed off than a lot of “serious” bands.
Where Integrity sounds sinister, In Cold Blood sounds bleak. This album reminds me of driving through the rain and sludge of Northeast Ohio on a really shitty day, feeling bummed out and hating life. I love it! We got the singer of Mushroomhead on vocals here but this is no nu-metal album. Hell On Earth is a certified hardcore sleeper hit with severe metallic overtones. Heavy, sluggish (in a good way), and harder than the rusty nails in a decaying Rust Belt infrastructure. Do yourself a favor and revisit this album. The solos from A2 (Integrity, Inmates) sound just like you would expect. The riffs from Blaze Tishko (One Life Crew) carry this sucker to the next level. It’s really a great piece of Cleveland Hardcore history.
Sometimes I get anxiety over really silly things. I’ll have thoughts like “What if the new generation of punk rockers forget about bands like 9 Shocks Terror, Don Austin, and Killed In Action?” These were Ohio bands from a certain time in DIY hardcore that I reminisce fondly upon. Dare I even say that they were important? They released split 7 inches and (sometimes) LP’s on labels that are no longer “cool” and “trendy” like Havoc Records and Six Weeks. They didn’t wear dangly earrings, copy 80s hardcore dancing to a tee, and all the other dumb shit that a grouch like me gets annoyed by from that darned pesky new generation. Continue reading KILLED IN ACTION WERE A STAPLE OF EARLY 2000S FAST HC FROM COLUMBUS OHIO→
Chromosome Damage is a band at the forefront of dirty Midwestern hardcore. They reside in the nether regions of Columbus, Ohio. To me they have more in common with Cleveland bands like Upstab and 9 Shocks Terror than their Columbus counterparts though. They are new, fresh, and oh so damaged. I am releasing a tape from Chromosome Damage soon on Rust Belt Hammer but too hold you over until then, here is a brain damaging live set from these knuckleheads.
Sam and Kenny from Wild Wings are behind this project. It’s a full blast of rock and roll heaven for your delicate ears. This is what Youngstown NEEDS. Here is a track from their new tape which will be available soon on Lion’s Care Recordings.