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PUDDLE OF MUDD is promising to release some new music "very soon." The band's last album, "Volume 4: Songs In The Key Of Love & Hate", came out in 2009. A covers disc, "re(disc)overed", followed in 2011. A standalone new song, "Piece Of The Action", was released in 2014 via iTunes. Earlier today, PUDDLE OF MUDD tweeted out a new video teaser along with the caption "Puddle of Mudd New Release Coming VERY Soon 2019." Last December, PUDDLE OF MUDD frontman Wes Scantlin told the Rock 100.5 The KATT radio station that fans can expect to hear a "really badass" new record from the band. "We worked our butt off on it, and I can't wait to get it out," he said. "Coming soon." Asked if he could provide any insight into the sound of the new PUDDLE OF MUDD record, Wes said: "It's just a bunch of great songs, man — heartfelt and true to PUDDLE OF MUDD form." PUDDLE OF MUDD broke into the mainstream with 2001's "Come Clean", which yielded three hits — "Control", "Blurry" and "She Hates Me". Last year, Scantlin said that he finally got his life together after years of legal troubles, canceled or disrupted shows and arrests for disorderly or drunken behavior. Scantlin said that he ended up going back to rehab and receiving treatment "because there's really nowhere else to go." He also credited his family and fans for giving him the strength to try to get better. Image courtesy of Rock Titan

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Formed over a quarter century ago, MOONSPELL has faced both triumph and tribulation to become the most internationally celebrated Portuguese metal band in history. For the first time, MOONSPELL's unique story is told in full in the new book "Wolves Who Were Men: The History Of Moonspell", scheduled for release in English language in autumn of 2019. An epic, in-depth and candid read, "Wolves Who Were Men: The History Of Moonspell" sees author Ricardo S. Amorim following the band from youthful black metal fans to experienced musicians battling the challenges of an ever-changing music industry, exploring MOONSPELL's evolving sound while always focussing on the often-troubled human stories that lie behind the music. Including lengthy interviews with the group's current and former members — as well as various comrades, including ROTTING CHRIST, CRADLE OF FILTH, SAMAEL, KREATOR, THE GATHERING and AMORPHIS — it also features a wealth of images, many previously unpublished. Presented by Crypt Publications, in unholy alliance with Cult Never Dies and MOONSPELL frontman Fernando Ribeiro's own Alma Mater, "Wolves Who Were Men" is due to be issued in a standalone paperback format, as well as a deluxe box set format, including several exclusive extras. It is a must-read for all MOONSPELL fans, as well as anyone interested in the continued development of the metal genre and the reality of life in a full-time metal band.

Ozzy Osbourne is using cannabidiol (CBD) for pain management after sustaining an injury that caused the BLACK SABBATH singer to cancel all live appearances through the end of the year. In early April, Ozzy postponed all his 2019 tour dates, both in North America and Europe, as he recovered from an injury sustained while dealing with his recent bout of pneumonia. The singer fell at his Los Angeles home, aggravating years-old injuries from his 2003 ATV accident that required new surgery. During a guest appearance on the U.K. daytime talk show "Loose Women" earlier today (Thursday, May 23), Ozzy's wife Sharon Osbourne was asked for an update on her husband health status. She responded (see video below): "[Ozzy's] had a really tough year — really. It started off with flu, which went to bronchitis, which went to pneumonia. He was hospitalized, came out [and] was well on the road to recovery, and he gets up in the middle of the night to go to the loo for his… and on the way back, he tripped up on the carpet that was under our bed and fell against the corner of the night table, which is made of mirror [glass]." She continued: "A few years ago, he was in a motorbike accident and he had to have metal rods put in his body and the accident moved all the metal rods and the bones they were screwed into all splintered. Then he had trouble with his neck and they had to do two operations on him and he's in recovery now, thank goodness. But every day he has to work with a physiotherapist." Although Ozzy is in "terrible pain," the bigger struggle is making sure that he stays focused so that he can fully recover in time for the next leg of his "No More Tours 2", which is now scheduled to take place in early 2020. "He's not good at being at home," Sharon said. "He wants to be back on the road, back on his tour, back with his band, and he's pining. Really, the challenge is not his injuries, it's his state of mind to keep him positive and working." Asked if she is concerned that Ozzy — who has a history of addiction — might get hooked on painkillers while he is recovering, Sharon responded: "He's off all of that. He had to have it after he was operated on the last time. But now for pain, he has that CBD —whatever it's called — and he's dealing with it that way." CBD oil is made from cannabis extract and is most commonly used to treat epilepsy and conditions of the nervous system. Most of the 2019 shows on what is being billed as Ozzy's last full world tour have been rescheduled beginning in February 2020. Fans are being asked to hold on to their original tickets, as they will be honored for the rescheduled dates. The 70-year-old Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee has battled a variety of health issues since kicking off his farewell "No More Tours 2" tour last summer. He contacted a staph infection in October that forced the initial postponement of his North American tour dates. In January, Osbourne scrapped his European tour because of an upper respiratory infection that turned into pneumonia, forcing him to cancel dates in Japan, Australia and New Zealand. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ps5mwHyrsE&w=638&h=359]

"Graven", the new video from Californian death metal pioneers POSSESSED, can be seen below. Directed by Scott Hansen (WILLIE NELSON, A DAY TO REMEMBER, MOTIONLESS IN WHITE, DEICIDE, PRONG), the clip features actor and friend of the band, Peter Stormare ("Fargo", "Constantine", "The Brothers Grimm"). POSSESSED frontman Jeff Becerra comments: "We are extremely excited to release our new music video for the song 'Graven'. This is actually our very first cinematic music video. "I want to say thank you to my good friend Peter Stormare for everything and for being such an amazing inspiration. Of course, thank you to my bandmates. And to Nuclear Blast." "Graven" is taken from POSSESSED's first full-length album in over three decades, "Revelatons Of Oblivion", which was released on May 10 via Nuclear Blast. The disc was recorded at NRG studios and Titan Studios with Becerra as executive producer and Daniel Gonzalez as co-producer for the album. Mixing and mastering was handled by Peter Tägtgren (HYPOCRISY, PAIN, BLOODBATH) at Abyss Studios in Sweden. For the artwork, the band enlisted Polish artist Zbigniew Bielak (PARADISE LOST, DIMMU BORGIR, DEICIDE, GHOST, GORGUTS) to create a piece that brought back the notion of true fear that was once associated with the idea of evil. Said Jeff: "Working with Peter was a fantastic experience. We put a great deal of thought into who we wanted to produce our new album. Since we hadn't made an all-new material release in well over 30 years, it was essential that we found the right person. Peter's name kept coming up over and over, and after speaking with my bandmates they all really liked Peter as he is more organic, and somebody we felt would fit in well with our process." The track listing for the CD is as follows: 01. Chant Of Oblivion 02. No More Room In Hell 03. Dominion 04. Damned 05. Demon 06. Abandoned 07. Shadowcult 08. Omen 09. Ritual 10. The Word 11. Graven 12. Temple Of Samael Becerra remains the only member from POSSESSED's classic lineup, which dissolved entirely in 1987 after the "Eyes Of Horror" EP. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0DCqdF7EzE&w=638&h=359]

SPREAD EAGLE will release its first album in over 26 years, "Subway To The Stars", on August 9 via Frontiers Music Srl. The first single and video from the album, "Sound Of Speed", is available below. Founder and bassist Rob De Luca states about the disc: "Our primary intention was to go back to the egg. Not to the debut album, but even before then. When we were unsigned, rehearsing in the East Village NYC and just putting our first songs together. We worked every day and night on our dream. We were a gang and no one could tell us we couldn't accomplish something. That's when we were at our rawest and nastiest and the intensity was completely off the meter. Of course, you can never truly go back in time, everyone learns and evolves; however, I wanted to remember that feeling of writing razor riffs in those basement spaces in 1989, then add it to current experiences." Regarding first single "Sound Of Speed", De Luca continues, "We wanted something that had a strong sense of propulsion. After that verse riff popped out, the chorus and other sections flowed effortlessly. From very early on in the writing process, I felt this should be the song to reintroduce SPREAD EAGLE. I was happy that Frontiers had that exact same vision for it. As I said above, it invokes the spirit of our inception with some additional skills that we've learned." SPREAD EAGLE burst upon the hard rock scene of the late '80s/early '90s playing a brand of rock that hailed straight from the mean streets of New York City. When Paul DiBartolo (guitar), Rob De Luca (bass), and Tommi Gallo (drums) moved to New York City and met up with Ray West (vocals), East Coast Streetmetal was born. The group was quickly snatched up and signed to MCA/Universal Records, then sent straight into the legendary Record Plant studios to record their debut album. The self-titled debut was produced by Charlie Gambetta and featured a gritty and dangerous sound, wailing vocals and razor-sharp guitar, demonstrated through songs such as "Switchblade Serenade", "Scratch Like A Cat" and "Broken City". Four years later, after the release and touring of their second album, "Open To The Public" (also produced by Gambetta), the band took an extended break and went about their own personal projects. SPREAD EAGLE reformed in 2006 under the direction of Ray West and Rob De Luca (who has also worked with UFO and Sebastian Bach) along with two new members, Ziv Shalev (guitar) and Rik De Luca (drums). The band has been together ever since and decided to start production on a new album. Songs for "Subway To The Stars" were put together in the Music Building in NYC, which is the exact same place where the songs for their debut album were rehearsed and written. Recording took place at Studio E in Brooklyn, New York with Grammy Award-winning engineer Tom Camuso. "Subway To The Stars" track listing: 01. Subway To The Stars 02. 29th Of February 03. Sound Of Speed 04. Dead Air 05. Grand Scam 06. More Wolf Than Lamb 07. Cut Through 08. Little Serpentina 09. Antisocial Butterfly 10. Gutter Rhymes For Valentines 11. Solitaire SPREAD EAGLE lineup: Ray West - Lead Vocals Rob De Luca - Bass, Vocals Ziv Shalev - Guitars Rik De Luca - Drums, Percussion [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YWYEhwArMc&w=638&h=359]