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UFC 178: Alexander Gustafsson Injured, Daniel Cormier Steps In To Face Jon Jones

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Daniel Cormier

No. 1 light heavyweight contender Alexander Gustafsson has suffered a knee injury that has forced him to withdraw from his UFC 178 bout with champion Jon Jones. As a result, No. 2 contender Daniel Cormier will challenge Jones for the UFC light heavyweight title on Saturday, Sept. 27 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Undefeated at 15-0 in his pro career, Cormier owns UFC victories over the likes of Frank Mir, Roy Nelson, Patrick Cummins and Dan Henderson. A two-time U.S. Olympian and former standout wrestler at Oklahoma State University, Cormier has long been considered a potential threat to Jones’ reign as 205-pound champion.

He and Jones have traded words in the press for months regarding a potential fight and their feud only intensified once Cormier moved to the light heavyweight division at the start of 2014. This heated rivalry will now finally be settled inside the Octagon on Sept. 27 in what could be one of the biggest events of the year.

Source: UFC

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[PIC] Mad Max: Fury Road – What A Lovely Day

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Mad Max: Fury Road Poster

Fortunately, those terrible production days are over for George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road due to unexpected weather that forced the post-apocalyptic movie to undergo numerous reshoots. Personally, I’m a little pissed that George Lucas did warn Miller about the dangers of filming a movie in the desert like his experience with Star Wars: Episode 1. If he said something, then everyone would have been happier today because the bloody movie would have been finished eighteen months earlier. Fans of Mad Max could have been lining up at theaters this year instead of next. But I guess Lucas was far too busy thinking about his assets from selling off his Star Wars franchise to Disney.

Anyhow, Mad Max: Fury Road is currently in post-production and official images from the movie was revealed last month. Now, marketing material is starting to make its way online with the very first poster unveil. I believe it’s a lovely day for that!

Mad Max: Fury Road hits theaters on May 15th, 2015.

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Fantasia 2014: Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie

Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie will make its International Premiere at Fantasia 2014, on July 27th, after making its World Premiere on Monday, July 21st, at a sold-out special event screening in Los Angeles.

I have a feeling that if you enjoyed, were amazed by, or at least chuckled about the failed E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial games that were buried in a New Mexico landfill and recovered last May (and subsequently went up for auction), you’re going to find something oddly familiar about Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie. For me, anyway, the real life E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial story came to mind when I saw the trailer.

I also have a feeling that whether you’re a gaming nerd or just someone obsessed with fetish property you’re absolutely going to love this movie.

Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie was directed and written by James Rolfe and Kevin Finn, produced by Sean Keegan, and stars James Rolfe, Jeremy Suarez, and Sarah Glendening.

From the Press Release:

Based on the hit web series of the same name, Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie blends science fiction, adventure, and comedy to follow a disgruntled gamer who must overcome his fear of the worst video game of all time in order to save his fans. Hilarity ensues as a simple road trip becomes an extravagant pursuit of the unexpected.

It was in 2006 that Rolfe uploaded his first review clip, establishing the popular persona that has made him a digital-age star. His motor-mouthed alter ego became a web sensation and the lure of the big screen came calling. Rolfe, his co-writer/director Kevin Finn, and producer Sean Keegan, have met the challenge with this inventive and off-kilter homage to B-grade cinema.

Entirely crowd-funded by the webseries’ large international fan-base, Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie raised what was, at the time in 2012, the second most ever for a film campaign online. The film also tapped into its fans in the Industry, with more than 80 VFX artist volunteers contributing to the film and a score by AVGN fan and Emmy-Award winning composer, Bear McCreary (The Walking Dead, Battlestar Galactica)

The film retains all the elements that made Rolfe’s web series so successful — his delirious tirades and corrosive commentaries, along with a streak of humor comparable to Lloyd Kaufman’s. The film holds equal appeal for neophytes as a road movie that Rolfe carries capably with his Buster Keaton-esque comic turns. And yes, rest assured, Rolfe’s crafty critiques make their way into this love letter to genre classics!

Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie will be released on VOD September 2nd, and on DVD/BluRay in November.

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Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier Officially Slated For UFC 178

UFC 178: McGregor vs. Poirier

UFC 178: McGregor vs. Poirier

Things move at the UFC as fast as Conor McGregor finished Diego Brandao in the first round by TKO at UFC Fight Night 46 over the past weekend. It now appears that the MMA promotion officially booked the Irishman for UFC 178, which headlines a rematch between light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson.

McGregor’s opponent is American mixed martial artist Dustin Poirier, a featherweight fighter he’s had a beef with for many months among many others in the division like Chad Mendes and UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo. Poirier paid his dues in MMA since the WEC days and has a professional record of 16 wins and 3 losses.

Right off the bat I’ve been fired up about this guy, I’ve been in this division since the WEC merged. I’ve paid my dues, and I’ve stayed quiet and busted my ass, day in, day out, won the fights I needed to win, and I’ve had some tough fights. I feel I need to be up there. I need to be up there where people are talking about me. [McGregor’s] name and the featherweight title should never come out of anybody’s mouth. I can’t believe the hype he’s getting.

Since Monday, Poirier has been pretty vocal about McGregor saying that he doesn’t even consider him a top ten fighter in the division and feels he would be his “first real fight he’s ever been in.”

UFC 178 is currently slated for September 27, 2014 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.


UFC 178 Fight Card

Light Heavyweight Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson
Bantamweight Dominick Cruz vs. Takeya Mizugaki
Middleweight Tim Kennedy vs. Yoel Romero
Women’s Bantamweight Cat Zingano vs. Amanda Nunes
Featherweight Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier
Welterweight John Howard vs. Brian Ebersole
Welterweight Patrick Côté vs. Stephen Thompson

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New Music: Ommadon Streams “V1” – It’s Impossibly Heavy

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Evil officially has a soundtrack. And just like all evil things should, Scottish drone doomers, Ommadon took to the forest to conjure up riffs of pure evil from the witches who practice their occult black magic under dead evergreens. For real though, Ommadon did record their fifth album, V, in the woods, and if the album’s first track, “V1,” is any indication, this shit’s an oak tree.

Stream the 23-minute “V1” at: Terrorizer.com

V, mastered by Billy Anderson (Sleep, Eyehategod, High On Fire, etc.), will be released in North America on August 5th, but you can pre-order at: www.domesticgenociderecords.com. UK pre-orders can be made here and Netherlands here.

Ommadon starts touring tonight, July 23rd, at The Head of Steam, in Newcastle. The short tour also features Horse Latitudes and Coltsblood. The full list of tour dates is below:
23rd July – The Head Of Steam, Newcastle (with Bong)
24th July – The Black Heart, London
25th July – Stuck On A Name Studios, Nottingham (with Bismuth)
26th July – St John The Baptist Crypt, Bristol (with Bast)
27th July – Maguire’s Pizza Bar, Liverpool

Follow Ommadon on Facebook. While you’re at it, fucking follow us too!

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Fantasia 2014: Cybernatural (2014) Review – Exhilaratingly Unique

Cybernatural (directed by Leo Gabriadze, written by Nelson Greaves, and produced by Timur Bekmambetov) made its world premiere at Fantasia 2014, and we were there to screen it. And are we ever glad we did! This is a film that defies conventions and, in the process, redefines a genre. Telling the story of a cyber haunting via one character’s perspective, Blaire (Shelley Hennig), the genre this film redefines is, first and foremost, that of “found-footage.” However, part of that redefinition means that there’s no, or at least very little, shaky-cam footage, and there’s no lost tapes that we’ve suddenly become privy to.

What we are privy to is interactive communication between friends, almost like we’re the spirit doing the haunting in Cybernatural, or as if we’re eavesdropping on the conversation.

What we see via Blaire’s perspective is limited to what she sees on her computer screen… and that’s it. If you were to watch Cybernatural on your computer, you might actually feel like you’re part of the film as you appear to lose control of your computer. But the interactive experience isn’t lost in the theater either, as Gabriadze did a fantastic job of making everything feel familiar to anyone who uses social media. It’s also especially poignant for teenagers, who live in this cyber world. Additionally, the humor used aids in immersing the audience in the experience.

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I don’t want to give away too much of the film, so I’ll divert to the synopsis given on IMDB:

While video chatting one night, six high school friends receive a Skype message from a classmate who killed herself exactly one year ago. At first they think it’s a prank, but when the girl starts revealing the friends’ darkest secrets, they realize they are dealing with something out of this world, something that wants them dead.

In addition to making a social commentary on our use of social media, Cybernatural also addresses the epidemic of bullying, and more specifically how bullying is conducted in today’s world. The days of the school-yard bully almost feel like a distant memory, though I’m sure they still exist. As Cybernatural makes clear, anyone can be a bully or a victim with the Internet to hide behind.

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The cast (which includes Shelley Hennig, Renee Olstead, Jacob Wysocki, Courtney Halverson, and Moses Jacob Storm) has incredible chemistry, and given the fact that they basically improvised the script, much of this film’s flawlessness is owed to them. But more than being witness to their chemistry, you will sympathize their plight and feel as though you are one of them.

The Verdict: 4/5 Skulls

Cybernatural is a truly unique film, one that redefines so much of our horror experience. And that’s what this film really is, an experience rather than a third-person observation. If Paranormal Activity was the successor to The Blair Witch Project, then Cybernatural succeeds Paranormal Activity. Cybernatural is a must-see for any genre fan who’s growing tired of the same old tricks, and it’s for anyone looking for something totally awesome.

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Insidious Chapter 3 – First Photo From The Set

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Insidious Chapter 3

So it begins, production for Insidious Chapter 3 is underway and we now have a very first look at one of the co-stars and the director on the set of the third installment. Since James Wan isn’t directing anymore, writer and first time director Leigh Whannell is taking full charge of Insidious Chapter 3, you can see him guiding Lin Shaye for her third appearance in the franchise as Elise Rainier, an experienced paranormal investigator who appeared to be dead in the final events of the first entry. She survived and has further plans to help the Lambert family fight off the tormented souls.

Apparently, Chapter 3 steps back in time and visits “a new tale of terror for teenage girl and her family, predating the haunting of the Lambert family in the earlier movies and revealing more mysteries of the otherworldly realm The Further.”

Insidious Chapter 3 drops in theaters on May 29th, 2015.

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New Music: Artematica Transcends Metal Boundaries

The thing about heavy metal is that it’s international, but it’s much more than that. Heavy metal music is a unifier, bringing together groups of people from Japan to Brazil to the U.S. to Israel, and so on and so forth. Basically, it doesn’t matter where you’re from or which language you speak, if you understand a powerchord, a blast beat, an agonizing wail into a microphone, and a powerful bass line, you speak the language of and belong to the brotherhood of heavy metal.

So, it doesn’t really matter which language the lyrics are in, if you like metal, then you like what you like. But when a heavy metal band delivers its music and message without the aid of words, that music is definitely going international.

One such band is the independent Artematica (formed in 2012), from Buenos Aires, Argentina.

In the player above, have a listen to their track “Negro Declive,” which translates to “Black Decline.” I’m not sure what their message is with the song title, but if you watch the video, they are clearly socially aware. But more than that, or less, the musical perspective is absolutely stunning, and the incorporation of what I’m assuming is traditional Argentinean music is flawless.

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On Artematica’s Facebook page, on the About page, the band has posted this as their biography:

Es un componente de la cultura, reflejando en su concepción los sustratos económicos y sociales, y la transmisión de ideas y valores, inherentes a cualquier cultura humana a lo largo del espacio y el tiempo.

Which, thanks to Google, translates to:

It is a component of culture, reflected in its design economic and social substrates and the transmission of ideas and values ​​inherent in any human culture across space and time.

So, what is that “component” they speak of? Are they referring to the band’s name, heavy metal, music in general…?

Whatever it is, the music is awesome.

Artematica Is:

Amijai Shalev: Bandoneón
Sergio Astrada: Guitar/Cello
Matias Brandauer: Bajo
Marcos Edwards: Drums

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The Ring 3 Has A Director, But What About Naomi Watts?

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The Ring 3

It’s already been over a good solid decade since the first American version of Ringu hit the big screen, which paved the door to a sequel in 2005. The success of The Ring was even enough to convince American production companies to remake several other Japanese horrors like The Grudge and Dark Water. The Ring franchise deserves credit for pulling that off and it wouldn’t hurt us if a third installment came along in the very near future.

Although, The Ring Two received generally negative reviews mainly because the movie over played horror clichés and had a dull screenplay full of stupidities, it hasn’t stopped Paramount Pictures from developing The Ring 3. The film studio is eager to bring the long-haired ghost girl back to life, and even recently approved F. Javier Gutiérrez (Before the Fall) to direct the third entry.

However, there’s still a big unanswered question. Will Naomi Watts take a third crack in the franchise? From what we know, Watts isn’t attached yet to Rachel and The Ring 3 can completely follow a new family. But we can at least tell you that Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald are producing again, which means Watts can return in some shape or form.

We’ll keep you informed once we hear more about The Ring 3, so stay tune on Yell! Magazine.

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Doro Is Bringing Her 30 Year Anniversary Tour To North America

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doro 30 years

This past May, Doro celebrated the first time she took to the stage 30 years ago with a two-night concert party in her hometown of Düsseldorf, Germany. With shows already lined up throughout Europe, the UK, and Latin America for her 30 Years Strong & Proud Anniversary Tour, she’s since announced that she’ll bring the celebration to North America as well. You’re not going to want to miss an event like this, which starts this fall, from one of the original women of metal, Doro Pesch.

About the tour, Doro says:

The Anniversary Tour was incredibly well-received everywhere and we know there are many more places we need to get to. I’m always super excited to play in the USA and Canada. Looking forward to seeing all our great fans, friends, and metalheads again. See you soon… Raise Your Fist!

Fans will soon be invited to participate in an online poll to select the set lists for the tour via
Doro’s Facebook page. There are additional plans for a second leg of the tour in the U.S. for Spring 2015.

DORO 30 Years – Strong & Proud North American Tour:

10/10/2014 Route 20 Outhouse – Sturtevant, WI
10/11/2014 Pov’s 65 – Spring Lake Park, MN
10/12/2014 Mojoes – Joliet, IL
10/14/2014 Agora Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
10/15/2014 Altar Bar – Pittsburgh, PA
10/16/2014 Hard Luck Bar – Toronto, ON
10/18/2014 Salle Multi – Quebec City, QC
10/19/2014 Petit Campus – Montreal, QC
10/20/2014 The Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY

This Fall, the Nuclear Blast Webshop will have the import version of DORO’s Raise Your Fist – 30 Years Anniversary Edition available to coincide with the October tour. A re-release of 2012′s Raise Your Fist album will include new and rare tracks plus a bonus CD entitled Powerful Passionate Favorites comprised of cover versions of Dio, Led Zeppelin, Metallica, and KISS songs.

Raise Your Fist, which features guest appearances by Lemmy Kilmister of Motörhead and Ozzy/Firewind guitarist Gus G., debuted at #65 on the American Billboard Heatseekers chart in November 2012 and can be purchased from the Nuclear Blast Webshop.

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New Music: Pord Delivers Building Intensity On “Staring Into Space”

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Formed in France back in 2002, Pord are getting ready to release their second full-length album, Wild. Today, we have the killer new track, “Staring Into Space,” from that impending release to share with you.

The track is streaming over at americanaftermath.net, where they’re saying that the track, “The track revolves around a dirty, rumbling bass lines and sparse, dissonant guitars that eventually lead into hard rock stampeded hellbent on causing blunt-force trauma. We dig it and so should you.” We couldn’t agree more. Actually, if you don’t dig this song, we think you should blush with embarrassment.

Solar Flare Records will release Wild on September 8th, on multiple formats, most of which are now available for preorder:
The CD at: solarflarerds.bigcartel.com
The LP (on black, or swamp green/bone splatter vinyl) at: solarflarerds.bigcartel.com

Wild Track Listing:

1. Staring Into Space
2. I’m Swimming Home
3. My Bloody Galantine
4. Laguiole Bull’s Balls
5. What Are Tuesdays For?
6. Pools’n'Chicks
7. On The Couch

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Inaugural Gibson Brands Alternative Press Music Awards

Last night, July 21st, the inaugural Gibson Brands Alternative Press Music Awards (APMA) was held in Cleveland, Ohio, at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum. The event was hosted by Blink-182‘s Mark Hoppus and broadcast live by AXS TV. There were 6,000 in attendance and held a Twitter trend for roughly five hours.

Honestly, after reading the list of guests, performers, and award winners, the APMAs seem really lame. Of course, with the exception of Slash, Joe Perry, the Misfits, and Joan Jett, this is a must-skip event for us here at Yell! Magazine. The award winners are laughable.

The APMA event featured an appearance from Aerosmith’s Joe Perry, who presented the Guitar “Legend” Award to Slash. As well, the event featured a bevy of performances, such as a salute to Frank Sinatra led by Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco with Cleveland’s Contemporary Youth Orchestra, Falling In Reverse with Coolio and Tyler Carter of Issues performing the rapper’s hit song “Gangsta’s Paradise,” Asking Alexandria performing Duran Duran’s chart-topping hit “Hungry Like The Wolf” with special guest Jonathan Davis of Korn, the Misfits performing “Dig Up Her Bones,” “Die Die My Darling,” and “We Are 138” with Andy Biersack of Black Veil Brides, and Joan Jett & The Blackhearts performing “Bad Reputation” with Billy Crooked of the Vacancies, “Soulmates To Strangers” with Against Me!’s Laura Jane Grace, and a show-stopping cover of the Rolling Stones’ “Star Star” (“Starfucker”) with Slash. In addition, All Time Low brought up special guests in the form of Yellowcard, New Found Glory, and Vic Fuentes of Pierce The Veil for a groundbreaking all-star medley, including a performance of Song Of The Year winner, “A Love Like War.”

The show also featured performances by Fall Out Boy with the Contemporary Youth Orchestra of their hit single “The Phoenix”, Body Count feat. Ice-T performing “Talk Shit = Get Shot” and “There Goes The Neighborhood,” Sleeping With Sirens performing their hit song “Alone” with special guest Machine Gun Kelly, twenty one pilots with Michael Bohn of Issues and the Contemporary Youth Orchestra performing their hit single “Car Radio,” Machine Gun Kelly and the Contemporary Youth Orchestra on his hit single “See My Tears,” and A Day To Remember performing their hit track “City Of Ocala” with Neck Deep.

The following is a full list of all APMA award winners:

  • Best Vocalist presented by Victory Records – Brendon Urie, Panic! At The Disco
  • Best Live Band presented by Vans Warped Tour – Pierce The Veil
  • Breakthrough Band presented by Beats Music – Crown The Empire
  • Best Bassist presented by Dyin 2 Live – Jaime Preciado, Pierce The Veil
  • Best International Band presented by Zepeda Brothers Productions – Bring Me The Horizon
  • Artist Philanthropic Award presented by Sub City/Take Action – All Time Low
  • Best Guitarist presented by Gibson – Phil Manansala, Of Mice & Men
  • Vanguard Award presented by AXS TV – Billy Corgan
  • Best Drummer presented by DW Drums – Mike Fuentes, Pierce The Veil
  • Icon Award presented by Blackstar Amplification – Joan Jett
  • Most Dedicated Fans presented by Fearless Records – Black Veil Brides
  • Guitar Legend Award presented by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame – Slash
  • Song Of The Year presented by Epitaph Records – “All Time Low” w/Vic Fuentes of Pierce The Veil
  • Album Of The Year presented by Journeys – Bring Me The Horizon, Sempiternal
  • Artist Of The Year presented by Monster Energy – Fall Out Boy

Additional appearances were made by Billy Corgan, Laura Jane Grace, Ice T and Body Count, and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2012 inductee Slash, as well as members of Attlia, Bayside, Beartooth, Chiodos, Crown The Empire, the Devil Wears Prada, Echosmith, Emmure, Every Time I Die, I See Stars, Issues, Korn, Less Than Jake, letlive, the Maine, Mayday Parade, Memphis May Fire, Miss May I, Motionless In White, Neck Deep, Paramore, Pierce The Veil, Saves The Day, Silverstein, Sleepwave, Suicide Silence, We Are The In Crowd, We Came As Romans, the Word Alive, and Yellowcard.

Check out official videos and media from the APMAs at: www.altpress.com

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