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I remember this awkward moment like yesterday. I had a band with Zed Schmeck called Eat Shit and Die that was supposed to open the show but our drummer (Pigman) quit that morning.This was weeks after a car wreck in the snow left us unable to open for Annihilation Time and Upstab. Some luck! Anyways, this was Play Fast or Die Fest II in Hubbard, Ohio. Hubbard is a small place located by Youngstown, Ohio, and the Pennsylvania border that had a skatepark where mostly local bands played. I don’t think Cider was originally on the bill for Play Fast or Die II, but they played anyways and went way over their time limit. Some of the local Crowd Deterrent type guys weren’t too happy and I’m not exactly sure what happened outside but Cider were told to leave town and baseball bats may have been involved. Steve “Da Assaulta” is visibly frustrated around the 10:30 mark and it looks like he pleas with the band to stop playing. Instead we find Aaron Melnick of Integrity/Inmates now behind the drum set and a short Brainwashed Youth set ensues to the amusement of their Cleveland friends and no one else. As you can see in this video, they play to a mostly puzzled and indifferent audience that had no clue who Cider was. I think most of the kids were there because it was a show in Youngstown. For the record, other bands that played were Caustic Christ, Career Suicide, My Revenge, and a bunch I can’t recall that got lost in the shuffle of time. T



This amazing show has never been seen online before. It happened on November 4th, 1988 at Peabody’s in Cleveland, Ohio. The footage starts off with the Agnostic Front set and then moves on to False Hope. They are a little known band from Cleveland whose members would go on to form the backbone of such integral bands as Integrity and Keelhaul. The camera work here is obviously amateur and the audio falls out of synch briefly but if you’re looking for an amazing glimpse into the Clevo HC scene of 1988, this is a peak into that tiny window of time. You’ll get stage divers galore and all of your favorite AF songs in this video.


Trent Reznor grew up in Mercer, Pennsylvania. This is a sleepy little place near the Ohio/PA border that not many people have ever heard of. It’s close to Youngstown, Ohio, where growing up I would always hear of Trent sightings. Reznor moved to “the big city” in the mid 80s…that big city being the hub of tortured artists, Cleveland. He worked in a studio, played with Lucky Pierre and Exotic Birds, and did some work on underground gay dance artist Vincent Capretta’s Who’s Looking Back where he was credited as Trent Reznar. While working at Right Track Studio, he recorded as Nine Inch Nails at night, sent the demo off to major labels, go signed, and the rest is history. Here is Jeff Reding’s 1990 interview with Mr. Reznor.



Raymond Rowe is a former ROH tag team champion who has been making serious waves on the independent wrestling scene. Recently he completed a tour for New Japan. Ray grew up in Cleveland and has many stories from it’s fabled hardcore scene. In fact he used to be the head of of security for Peabody’s. Here we discuss DIY punk and wrestling. Please tell your friends and check out all of our other Rust Belt Hammer podcasts including interviews with wrestlers Matt Cross and Keith Lee. Subscribe to Rust Belt Hammer on iTunes and follow our facebook page for updates at


This one is both informative and entertaining. Nik Oliver became a DIY booking agent for independent artists out of necessity. He has made quite the name for himself and continues to expand. Check out this interview and learn a thing or two.


The Illusion of Icing the Kicker

What are you nerdarios into?
It’s Friday, as we head into the non work week simulation filled with NFL head hunting, Patriotism and Corporate Sponsored Kneel Downs for Freedom.

I am going to be putting out a weekly blog here on Rustbelthammer because I need something to do because there are only so many times you can eat shrooms and golf.

So look for that blog 10AM Monday 9/12/16 here at

This Sunday! ! ! !

Matty “Destroy Clevo” Greenfield and I are heading down to San Antonio
The Great San Antonio Bash : Featuring Booker T’s Reality of Wrestling

Scheduled to appear:
~Former WWE and TNA Superstar and Olympic Gold Medalist Kurt Angle
~Former WWE Superstar and Team Angle member Shelton Benjamin
~TNA Superstar and former TNA World Champion EC3
~Former WWE Superstar Billy Gunn
~Former WWE star and World Wide Star Colt Cabana
~Former WWE, TNA and ECW Superstar Tommy Dreamer
~Former ECW manager and World renown official Bill “Fonzie” Alfonzo
~Former WCW Superstar Buff Bagwell
~Former WWE and Current Lucha Underground Star Johnny Mundo aka John Morrison
~Current Lucha Underground Star M Dogg 20 Matt Cross aka Son of Havoc

Anyways, its going to be sick and I will be back here next week to break down the chaos and the Pandemonium.

It is Friday and I am typing this on a Logitech wireless because Captain Fatass here spilled his iced coffee on his Surface keyboard.  When do you blog? its almost 6am here in the Simulation and we just finished a sweet show featuring Motorhead’s “Civil War” and DJ Phantom wows up on Top with ST’s “You Can’t Bring Me Down”, we talk about our new show sponsor, Mike Muir SuiCyco Therapist and we discuss Corporate Ice Coffee, the myth of Free Will, The Surfer is convinced that the Wells Fargo 5300 Employees Fired is a Virgin Sacrifice to the Demon of an Angry Populace, while the media continues to prop the illusion of a free and open society, while the Right figures out how to polish a turd and Ann Coulter is ordered to her death to cover the current other Fox Story no one is really talking about. We hear from JLJ’s Dad JRTOG who explains why the Yankees are winning and why the Sox may collapse and The Horn here in Austin Teaches us about the real facts of the illusion of Football Strategy. What it comes down is that Divine Mercy is Power and No One is Doing Enough because they’ve learned to monetize inaction and discussion of it. Distractions rule the day in a society where opinion is churned out and smarmier than standing over a cube wall trying to be funny while you wonder if the apple box should be higher. I will leave you with two things as my still coffee stained Surface screen shows me I have 33% Battery Left and 3 movie reviews I never got to, along with the Old Head New Metal Segment brought to you by Metal Blade Records which will air on Monday at
I like my coffee like I like my kickers, Iced.
Have a great weekend, God Bless.
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Flip Rivers as The Surfer
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and the last thing as we watch the distracted fallout from the 5300 Bank Firings, my native blood tells me never to trust a stagecoach.



Break Your Brain Today a blog by John Tole and a Rust Belt Hammer Podcast with Wrestler and Clevo HXC Adult, Matt Cross

The only thing I’ve raged to today was Biohazard.

It’s the State of the World Address…

I just got back to Austin after 19 hours in the car listening to Alice Cooper do overnights and Coast to Coast was all Sasquatches and the proof only the guest could see like a hidden boat in a mall kiosk. (Read that again as Dennis Miller if it doesn’t hit the first time.)

One of these overnight radio dudes was a hyper religious dude out of Dallas who told a story about a guy who cut out his mother’s heart and while running to present the fresh heart as a sacrifice, tripped and fell and when the heart hit the ground it said, “Son, Are you Hurt?” Pretty simple look into what family and sacrifice are all about.  And not the Sacrifice from Canada, that’s just an inside joke for the members of PB2k.

I was up in Ohio officiating the Danny XLAX Zink wedding where by the powers vested to me by God, The State of Ohio, Thrash and the holographic simulation I now pronounced them officially as Mr and Mrs The Drums That Make Em Shit.


Pretty surreal moment considering we didn’t officially meet til ’97 but in ’94 I apparently heckled Cynic which he loved/loves and he was there, anyways, who cares, they’re terrible.

Metal Mike was the best man and did an excellent job and warmed up the crowd for the Maid of Honor who crushed w a Uke jam and a dope song.  Since, I wasn’t able to make a toast plus I bombed at my brother’s wedding, crushed the rehearsal dinner tho…

I remember jamming with Danny at Suffer System Practice at Atomic Vision above the Newport and during a break Fred Durst walked in, introduced himself to everyone, was cool as shit and asked to use their autoclave. He offered us tickets and laminates, they were about six months from exploding, we finished practice probably learning the intro to Punishment and then went and ate because Limp Bizkit is terrible. Good dudes though.

Funny, now, I’d kill to know what the 20 stories would’ve been if we would’ve went. I say yes to pretty much everything nowadays, it lands me in weird cars, schemes, studios and make shift altars but worth it.

Couple weeks back, Matty from Destroy Clevo hit me up to sit in when he interviewed Reigning Inspire Pro Wrestling Champ Keith Lee on the Rust Belt Hammer pod. He was like we should go watch, I was like, is there a list?

I was like maybe we’ll go, I’m the same person who turned down Sabbath tickets because parking wasn’t included

Anyways, we went. It was super fun, we ate mushrooms, bought tickets and Inspire Pro is killer, tons of laughs and I’m bummed I’m missing the 9/25 date here in Austin (ill be at Lannies Clocktower in Denver, sleep plug BROH.

After the Main Event we met Matt Cross, a Cleveland Hardcore kid/adult, still edge, Professional Wrestler and solid human being. The next day after that, we are on mic telling two sides of the bloody Earth Crisis at Peabody’s Show story because things like this happen more often than not when you challenge reality.


God Bless


By the way, if you want to hear my maniac Podcast, its below.

Whiskey and The Surfer is an FM Parody of a Religious Metal Show based on Simulation Theory.


Episode 140 The Wedding Prisoner Lives here

Whiskey and The Surfer are back after a 20 hour road trip to celebrate the official Pitboss 2000 Danny and Sarah Zink wedding. We talk about bombing at a wedding, trying to follow a hot chick with a Ukelele (no idea how that’s spelled). DJ Phantom gets that time of the month prissiness with some passive aggressive Cars Action but first starts off the show with Kreator, Exodus, Forbidden, Cro-Mags, a very special welcome to Venom. We close on Maiden and Judas Priest after we downvote the end of the show. There is no only now, do tomorrows work today. What else is there? Seriously, and enjoy all of this. War is coming to the home front. Start working out like you’re going to need it. Other than that, we celebrate being single, talk about marriage, love, healing on the Sabbath and UT beats the golden domers in Double OT. Mushroom talk, Indie Wrestling and a new blog at both and

Be the Whole shot. – Tole Golf Advice
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