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Tyler Levin
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Where the Buffalo Fall: Metal in Alberta
Canada is a wellspring of great music, but not all provinces are created equal. I reckon the vast majority of bands you're into are going to be coming out of Ontario, Quebec, and British Columbia. But every country has its overlooked prairie. Here in Americ...

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Metal Metal Land: Where the Slime Lives: Heavy Metal from Florida
To some people, it's a gator-and-mosquito infested Hellscape where the moisture-thick air suffocates and cocaine addled folks do the craziest shit; to others, it's home. Rich in snakes, swamps, and senior citizens, Florida has gotten a bad rap over the year...

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Buried by Dust and Time: The Controversial and Cultural Legacy of Black Metal
My relationship with black metal can best be described as "complicated". I remember four years ago, I was just dipping my toes into the world of extreme metal. I had been in a major thrash bender, smashing my brains out to Sodom, Exodus, and Megadeth; the m...

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Inside the Torn Apart: On Missing a Brutally Good Experience for a Brutally Bad Experience
Ecstatic... Pumped up... Ready for some major catharsis... That's a pretty accurate description of how I was when this tour was announced back in December. I bought the tix for one of the Troubadour shows right away-- sure, I could have caught Napalm Death ...

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Metal Metal Land: Banzai: A Look at the Metal of Japan
  Hey everyone! Sorry for getting this done late. If this wasn't just a hobby, I'd probably fire myself for being so lazy. A lot has been going on lately. Slowly working on getting the Crohn's in check. It still sucks, but it's not nearly as cruddy as it wa...

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New Year's Resolutions
Well holy shiiiiit... I can't believe it's nearly been a year since I started up this little ditty that is Into the Hyena Pit, and I must say it's been a pretty good experience. I've discovered a ridiculous amount of good music and made some friends. With 2...

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Metal Metal Land: Demons in the Vatican: A Look at Italian Heavy Metal
  Heya folks! Before I get started, I'd like to apologize for my lack of activity on this blog these past few months. Basically, I've been puking since the end of August and had some awful gut pain that caused me to drop out of college and had me go back ho...

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In the Beginning...: The Legacy of Birmingham and Metal in the West Midlands
In the Beginning, there was no heavy metal. The darkness was directionless without a master. Then one day, a steel mill worker in the city of Birmingham, England, was involved in an industrial accident that severed his fingertips. Any other man would consid...

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No Longer the Kings of Metal? Is Power Metal on the Decline?
There once was a time when I was an aspiring to be a heavy metal vocalist. I was a wannabe power metal god, hoping to be placed in a pantheon of iron-lunged deities that included King Diamond, Halford, Dickinson, and Kiske. My main inspiration came out of t...

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July 30, 2015-- High on Fire at the Casbah
  This is the show I've been looking forward to all summer. However, it was also the show I almost didn't get to enjoy. Tickets had evidently been sold-out for weeks, which baffled me; that NEVER happens! I had also hoped to score an interview with Matt Pik...
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