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The Used frontman Bert McCracken has further explained his troubles on being able to cross the border into Canada. The band recently had to cancel all Canadian stops due to McCracken‘s criminal record preventing him from being admitted into the country. Speaking with Rolling Stone he stated:

“They won’t let me in. They said not for ten years. It’s weird, they’re like, ‘You need to rehabilitate these crimes before you come back to Canada.’ I’m like, ‘What does that mean?’”

According to McCracken, the charges in question stem from the early 2000′s and include trespassing. He explained:

“When I say criminal record, I’m talking teensy, eensy misdemeanors they still have on my record from, like, 2001 and 2003 – trespassing”

The band are no strangers to having trouble getting across the Canadian border. McCracken recalled an incident that occurred after he left some marijuana on the bands bus, stating “It’s nice once we get up there, but trying to get in is a nightmare every time. We’ve been strip-searched. They made us spread our butt cheeks.”

More on the bands border woes and their upcoming music video for their song “Put Me Out” can be found at the aforementioned link.

Static-X Summer Tour Rumored

With frontman Wayne Static having got his solo album out of his system; it looks as though his interests are shifting back towards Static-X. The band have been booking dates for the summer with the following having leaked out thus far. Official word is expected soon.

07/25 Orlando, FL – The Beacham
07/30 Norfolk, VA – The Norva (feat. Davey Suicide & 9 Electric)
08/18 Detroit, MI – Harpo’s (feat. Huntress)
08/18 Fort Wayne, IN – Piere’s (feat. Prong)
08/27 Englewood, CO – The Gothic Theatre (feat. Prong, Davey Suicide, 9 Electric)

As I Lay Dying Confirm New Album Title And Release Date

As I Lay Dying have now revealed more info regarding their new album. The group have selected “Awakened” to serve as the title to the effort, which Metal Blade Records will release on September 25th. Bill Stevenson (NOFX, Rise Against) handled the production duties with Colin Richardson (Machine Head, Bullet For My Valentine) brought onboard to mix.

The group will release a free download of the new album track “Cauterize” via at 12am PST on June 25th for 24 hours. It will then be made available through digital retailers the following day.

The Sword Perform New Material In Raleigh, NC

The Sword continue to road-test new material on their current mini-tour with Red Fang. According to those in attendance, the bands set this past Wednesday (June 20th) in Raleigh, NC saw them perform the new songs “Apocryphon“, “Veil“, “Execrator” and “Stormwitch“.

The set apparently also included performances of their recent b-side single “Hammer Of Heaven” and a cover of ZZ Top‘s “Cheap Sunglasses“. Fan-filmed footage from the show, reportedly of the title track to their new album “Apocryphon“, can be found below.

As previously reported, the group are due to enter the studio later this month to begin tracking “Apocryphon” with J. Robbins (Clutch, Jawbox). An early fall release date is being plotted on Razor & Tie with worldwide touring to commence in October.

Meanwhile, the group have also released a collectors bundle that includes their own “Tears Of Fire” brand hot sauce at

Animals As Leaders almost became Furries As Leaders after falling victim to some end of tour shenanigans. The hijinks took place during their performance supporting Thrice in Santa Ana, CA this past week.

Costume-clad members of Thrice and O’Brother rushed the stage during bands performance of “CAFO” with guitars in hand, even lending some impromptou vocals to the track. You can find fan-filmed footage of the prank below:

Sylosis To Release New Album “Monolith” Overseas In September

Sylosis have finished up work on their new album “Monolith“. A September 07th European release date through Nuclear Blast has been scheduled for the outing with a North American release date yet to be revealed. The group tracked the outing at Monnow Valley Studio in Wales with producer Romesh Dodangoda (Funeral For A Friend, earthtone9).

Vocalist/guitarist Josh Middleton had the following to say about the effort:

“Some people might not have expected us to come out with a new album so quickly but we already had a few songs written for this album by the summer of 2010. We’ve spent as much time writing this album as any of the others and I think we’re all the most proud we’ve ever been. Monolith is the best representation of us as a band in terms of our diverse influences and stylistically it’s what we’ve always been aiming for. A mixture of thrash, big doomy riffs and dark atmospherics and ambience.

Overall, Monolith has a darker vibe to anything we’ve done in the past, both lyrically and musically. It’s a concept album which is just something I like to help guide me writing the lyrics. I like the fact that I can write about personal issues but dress them up in a way that people might not know exactly how they relate to me (if at all in some instances). The idea for the concept was very loosely inspired by the Greek tale of Orpheus and Eurydice. It’s quite far fetched but it’s about this guy who loses his wife and tries to bring her back from underworld.

This giant monolith starts to grow out of her tomb. The most prevalent theme beneath it all is sort of accepting that you might not be as nice a person as you once thought. It sounds really cheesy but everyone has a darker side to their personality in terms of being selfish, manipulative or dishonest. A lot of metal lyrics are always “you’re this, you’re that, you suck” and in a lot of cases it’s probably really hypocritical. Some of the lyrics on this album are about owning up to those flaws and almost reveling in it.

Some parts of the album is us covering new ground but everything that people have come to love about our band is still present. It’s not necessarily a change in direction or something we’re moving more towards, it was just about making a unique vibe for this album as a whole. There’s a real urgency to a lot of this material and the really natural and honest production helps mirror that. We really wanted more of a ‘live session’ feel.

Both Romesh (Dodangoda - producer, mixer) and Jens (Bogren - mastering) have done a great job in giving this album a unique sound. Too many bands these days rely on technology and it can just suck all the life and personality out of the music.”

As I Lay Dying To Release Free Download Of New Song Next Week

As I Lay Dying will release a free download of their new song “Cauterize” via at 12am PST on June 25th. The track will only be made available for a 24 hour period. It will be the first song to be publically released from the groups upcoming new album, which is due out this September on Metal Blade.

Further details for the album, which was tracked with producer Bill Stevenson (NOFX, Rise Against), remain pending. In the meantime, you can check out the artwork for the “Cauterize” single on Facebook.