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Latest Switchblade News

Below is our complete Switchblade news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

Rocklahoma Fest 2012 Lineup Announced

The full lineup has now been announced for Rocklahoma, which takes place May 25-27 at “Catch the Fever” Festival Grounds in Pryor, OK. The Rocklahoma lineup is as follows:

Rob Zombie, Chickenfoot, Creed, Megadeth, Slash, Queensrÿche, Chevelle, Jackyl, Theory of a Deadman, Hellyeah, Puddle of Mudd, P.O.D., Volbeat, The Darkness, 10 Years, Cavo, Adelitas Way, Black Stone Cherry, Pop Evil, Trivium, Red, Redlight King, Art of Dying, Aranda, Janus, New Medicine, James Durbin, Eve to Adam, Falling In Reverse, Rival Sons, Anti Mortem, Gypsy Pistoleros, Lillian Axe, Wildstreet, Firstryke, Black Tora, Sunset Riot, The Glitter Boys, Fist of Rage, Switchblade, Scarlett, S.E.X. Department, Ragdoll, Down & Dirty, Hessler, Lynam, Diemonds, Ruff Justice, Soulicit, Rocker Lips, Mine Enemies Fall, Echo Vendetta, A Good Fight, Sweatin’ Bullets, Through the Thorns, Absence of Ink, For the Broken, EchoFuzz, Shotgun Rebels, Stun, Dagger, Unwritten Rulz, Desi & Cody, David Castro Band, McCuin, We the Ghost, Tiranico, Baron Von Swagger, TwoFold, Aformatic, Delay the Day, and Jamco Industries. More...

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Utopia Records Celebrates 30 Years w/ Metal Shows

Sydney’s Utopia Records is currently in it’s 30th year and to celebrate, they will be staging a series of shows to celebrate the local rock and metal scene. “This series of shows will focus on the various sub genres of the might juggernaut that is metal, and will present the best bands from the Sydney scene of the musical & cultural phenomenon that really is louder than life.”

July 10th will see Mortal Sin, The Amenta, Daysend, Switchblade, Killrazer, Darker Half, Anno Domini, Norse and Hellbringer hit the Manning Bar stage to celebrate the occasion.

Tickets are available for $27 from Utopia Records or Moshtix.

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Shining Confirmed For Ashes To Ashes Festival

Sweden's Shining has been confirmed to appear at the Ashes To Ashes…Doom to Dust Chapter IV Festival on September 6th at the Cultuurfabriek Hall of Fame, in Tilburg Holland.

The other confirmed bands are as follows:

Saturnalia Temple

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Switchblade Signs To AmpHead Music

Sydney metallers Switchblade have issued the following statement about inking a record deal with AmpHead Music:

"Hey everyone, we are very proud to announce that we have officially signed a deal with Australian based label 'AmpHead Music and Entertainment', who are the Australasian branch of the BIGGEST digital music distributors in the world, The Orchard.

"That means as of June 6, 2009 you will be able to pick up a copy of our new album 'INVICTUS INFINITUM' at any good music store in the country! That means JB Hi Fi, HMV, Sanity, Utopia, Red Eye, all the good ones!

"On the digital front, the album will also be available on iTunes, eMusic, MSN, Rhapsody, Napster and over 150 other digital music stores throughout the world.

"AmpHead/The Orchard are no stranger to quality metal, being the exclusive digital distributors of metal labels such as Nuclear Blast, Peaceville and Australia's own Faultline Records.

"We'd like to thank everyone at AmpHead especially Label manager Mike Lenton, and we look forward to working with such an awesome team!"

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Switchblade Annouces Australian Tour Dates

Sydney metalers SWITCHBLADE will be releasing their new album "INVICTUS INFINITUM" in April 2009 and to celebrate will be playing select shows around the country.

"INVICTUS INFINITUM" was recorded by Darren "jENK" Jenkins (Cryogenic, Mortality) and mixed by Grammy Award winning producer Neil Kernon (Nevermore, Nile, Cannibal Corpse) in Chicago, USA. The album will also feature special guest lead guitarist JEFF LOOMIS (Nevermore) on the track "Reflective Curse."

You can check out a new song on the band's MySpace player.

The complete tracklisting for "Invictus Infinitum" is as follows:

1. II
2. Revelation
3. Coil Of The Serpent
4. The Cancer Benign
5. Solitary Existence
6. Reflective Curse
7. This Impure Design
8. Lacerate
9. As The Sun Dies…

Here are the latest Switchblade tour dates: More...

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Nevermore Guitarist To Guest On Switchblade Album

Switchblade has issued the following update about collobarating with Nevermore guitarist Jeff Loomis:

"Sydney's Switchblade are proud to announce that guitar legend Jeff Loomis (Nevermore) will be contributing a guest guitar solo on the band's new album. Currently being mixed in Chicago by producer/engineer Neil Kernon, the track "Reflective Curse" was chosen to be the candidate for Jeff's signature shredding.

Switchblade drummer Mat commented on the collaboration:

"I don't think it's really sunk in yet that it's happened... We started off talking about this years ago with Jeff and after so long you think everyone would be too busy to make it happen, but Neil was into the idea and once we asked Jeff again he was still keen to do it. So we're really thankful that Neil and Jeff both took the time to make it happen. The solo is just incredible... Jeff's playing with Nevermore has been one of our major influences since day 1 so to work on this track together is just crazy. I can't wait for people to hear it!" More...

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Australian Dimebag Tribute Album Details Announced

"The Art of Shredding - A Tribute to Dimebag" pays respects to Pantera's late guitarist and metal idol Dimebag Darrell, and features 13 Australian bands, 12 of which will be playing some of our favourite Dime tunes, and Sydney thrash band MurderWorld, who will be contributing an original piece to the album.

Some of the money from the profits will go towards the Dimebag Memorial Trust, to help those of the family who are still suffering since the tragedy of December 08th, 2004. There will only be made available 500 copies of "The Art of Shredding" world-wide, so if you want to get your hands on one, be sure to rush on over to this specially-made MySpace page.

The album's tracklisting is as follows:

01 - War Nerve - (McDougall Brothers)
02 - Fucking Hostile - (Malignant Monster)
03 - Shattered - (LORD)
04 - Domination - (Switchblade)
05 - Living Through Me (Hell's Wrath) - (Plague)
06 - Becoming - (Synthetic Breed)
07 - Heavy Metal Rules - (Black Steel)
08 - Proud to be Loud - (The Deadthings)
09 - Mouth For War - (Aeturnus Dominion)
10 - The Art of Shredding - (Imminent Psychosis)
11 - By Demons Be Driven - (Enforce)
12 - Hollow - (Transcending Mortality)
13 - Soul Inside Me - (MurderWorld)

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Last Ever Metal For The Brain Tour Info Announced

Metal For The Brain is an Australian benefit concert for the National Brain Injury Foundation and victim of brain injury, Alec Hurley. It spans three stages, 13 hours, more than 40 Aussie metal bands, and tickets are available from Ticketek for 60 Dollars, all ages. Over 18's must bring their ID to access the bar area and drink. Alcohol will not be permitted to be brought into the venue.

This year's Metal For The Brain Tour tentative line-up and set times have been officially announced. The tour has also launched a full website with more information at this location and an official forum, which was just recently launched itself. The announcement also divulged that this is to be the last ever Metal For The Brain tour, so get ready for this show to go out with an Earth-shattering 'bang'. The tour is scheduled for November 4th, at the University of Canberra Refectory.

Note that some of the below details, in regards to the stages some bands are playing may contain minor discrepancies to details posted on the Metal For The Brain website. The information is not necessarily finalised, and may experience slight changes. Current details are as follows: More...

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Switchblade Signs With Cyclop Media

Cyclop Media has announced that it will be releasing the next album by Sweden's own Switchblade.

Switchblade's fourth album evokes a monolithic sludgy aura with a sound which is shimmering with harsh resonance. The songs' deconstructed momentum brings to life two monstrous tracks characterized by an oppressive and crushing heaviness. The Swedish three-piece executes this feast with a subtle degree of melodic decorum and manages to be graceful in its sloth. To add further bleakness and beauty to the album, there are guest vocals by 'E' of Watain and Matthias Friberg of Logh.

The forty-three-minute-long release will be released by Cyclop Media in North America on May 9th, 2006.

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Switchblade Signs With Deathwish/Icarus

Sweden's Switchblade has officially joined the Deathwish Inc./Icarus roster. Formed in 1998, the group has previously released a 10" Ep, a split (with Cult Of Luna), and two albums with Trust No One Recordings. Switchblade has since recorded a full-length with Carl Wikman (Kelly 8) at EAR studios, which is 47 minutes long, and, according to Deathwish/Icarus, "the definition of epic, a dense storm of ambient soundscapes, driving repetition, and dark instrumental passages." Look for the album to hit streets in early-May. For now, download one of the group's tracks here.

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