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A WAY DARK

9 November 2009

A collaborative double album between Austin Texas-based Korperschwache and Dublin's To Blacken the Pages. Recording began in late 2008 and saw the two artists work in directions neither have previously explored - from lighter, shoegaze inspired tracks, to harder, more abstract compositions, and of course exploring the juxtaposition of each artist's extreme guitar work. The final track is a 38 minute opus called 'Stranded in the Hertzsprung Crater'.

A WAY DARK is a bold work from two of the most pioneering blackened noise guitar musicians working today. While pushing the sonic boundary as expected with intense, challenging tracks like Lovecraft and Shallow, equally challenging are the album’s lighter moments. The musicians set themselves – and their audience – challenges by working with difficult tracks, from the cutting The Fall of Popolac to the surreal Inside the Mariana Trench. The album’s finale, the mighty Stranded in the Hertzsprung Crater, constantly teases with the listener at precisely the moment you may expect the track to head into an over the top sonic splurge. But instead, the track constantly edges closer to a descent into psychedelic nirvana, only to retreat and tease once again. The album was a chance for both musicians to challenge other – each taking turns to suggest themes and ideas, for example each working with drum patterns and guitar structures, RKF (Korperschwache) often providing a sonic wall of drone while Paul McAree (To Blacken the Pages) would blaze guitar solos over the top.

Hear the complete track 'Abandoned Car at the White Cliffs of Dover' from A WAY DARK on TBTP's MySpace page.

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CROW'S NEST: 12" VINYL + CD - RELEASED 1 JUNE 2009. C007.

Crow's Nest' is a 12" vinyl record.

The record comes with a CDR of the audio, but is different, the 2nd track presenting a much longer version of the B-side track, 'Crow Sun'. Version of this on the 12" is 12'25", version on the cd is 15'31". CD version is also mastered differently.

12" in black disco sleeve with handmade wide obi-strip style wrap around the release, all within clear pvc sleeve. Black-bottomed CDR with info on charcoal card within black envelope.

'NORTH' - RELEASED 9 FEBRUARY 2009. C005.

1 Crossing

2 I am screes on her escarpments

3 Give to the Sea

4 Lowlands

5 To be Dead

6 Night Drive

7 August

Building on from To Blacken the Pages’ relentless creative output, ‘NORTH’ sees the band step forward in a major way – significantly progressing the development of their sound. NORTH is TBTP’s most ferocious work to date, focusing on the dynamics of pure guitar overdriven sounds, while also witnessing a greater space and dynamic in the work. ‘Give to the sea’ sees McAree singing for the first time on a TBTP release, relaying a tender fear of the ocean, while backed up by a furious and ever rising swell of guitars. To be Dead, the title inspired by a Patrick Kavanagh poem, sees a deep drum machine and crushing bass knock out a deep pulse in the background while the guitars lock head to head in a 15 minute exploration of screaming harmonics, while I am screes on her escarpments features a title borrowed from another Irish poet, Seamus Heaney. Night Drive begins the ride out on this intense record, slowing the pace down but never once letting go of the ferocity within. Locked within this cacophony of noise is a beauty and tenderness which at once compliments and negates the other.

Julian Cope described To Blacken the Pages’ music as ‘...this awe-inspiring solo Sunn Mustang guitar-fest manages to invoke that same exhilarating Zoroastrian burning as early Ash Ra Tempel, without even once sounding less than entirely itself. Creeping around the walls, seeping deep into your cupboards and drawers, the music of To Blacken the Pages dissolves linear time and swallows all misery whole’.

Produced by To Blacken the Pages

Recorded and Mixed by To Blacken the Pages at Colony HQ, Dublin, 2008

Mastered by To Blacken the Pages at Colony HQ

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TO BLACKEN THE PAGES: 'A SEMBLANCE OF SOMETHING APPERTAINING TO DESTRUCTION'. C004.

1 Trek Out

2 A semblance of something appertaining to destruction

3 Trek in

Following on from their third CD, ‘NONE’, released in February 2008, this release forms a sister record of sorts to ‘NONE’, and follows on from sessions begun in late 2007. ‘A semblance…’ continues their exploration into sonically drenched guitar work. From the sublime to the extreme, this release sees TBTP incorporate substantial drum work and sampled voices into the music, and sees them approaching a more refined sound through a repetition of simple motifs and structures. 'A semblance…' continues their expansion into the exploration of reverb, echo and delay, while being underpinned by a ruthless simplicity.

To Blacken the Pages (Paul McAree), all instruments & music

Produced by To Blacken the Pages

Recorded and Mixed by To Blacken the Pages at Colony HQ, Dublin, 2007

Mastered by To Blacken the Pages at Colony HQ

TO BLACKEN THE PAGES: 'NONE'. C003.

1 Alien

2 None

3 As if Forever

COLONY RECORDS announces the release of TO BLACKEN THE PAGES’ third cd, ‘NONE’.

Following on from their first 2 cds, which were issued as limited edition CDRs in 2007, ‘NONE’ marks the bands - and Colony Records - first full scale CD issue. ‘None’ continues their exploration into sonically drenched guitar work. From the subtle to the extreme, this represents their most malevolent and beautiful work yet. This would also be the work to break their beloved Matamp amplifier... you can hear the glass tubes just about melting about three quarters way through the first track, 'Alien'. 'None' continues the expansion into the exploration of reverb, echo and delay, while being underpinned by a ruthless simplicity.

To Blacken the Pages (Paul McAree), all instruments & music

Produced by To Blacken the Pages

Recorded and Mixed by To Blacken the Pages at Colony HQ, Dublin, 2007

Mastered by To Blacken the Pages at Colony HQ

THE URGENCY. RELEASED NOVEMBER 2007. C001

To Blacken the Pages 'The Urgency' marks not just this bands debut release, but also the first release from newly formed Colony Records. The Urgency presents 1 massive track clocking in at 47 minutes. Beginning with luscious, gently lulling guitars, it becomes saturated with a droning holler of feedback. The Urgency is a testament to failed hopes and dreams, residing somewhere between Earth's Thrones & Dominions and Skullflower.

Foldout cardboard sleeve, hand numbered in an edition of 100.

The first 60 of each printed on brown card, with 20 each on green card and 20 on charcoal. The print on charcoal is a little darker as you may expect. Black-bottomed, silver-topped discs.

And we started again, as if nothing had happened before

RELEASED NOVEMBER 2007. C002.

And we started again, as if nothing had happened before presents 3 tracks, the first, The Shadow which Remains, crashing straight into 17 minutes of feedback and overdriven, burnt out riffs. The second track, I saw you it / and slid away, is 35 minutes of fucked guitars and bizzarrely, about 10 minutes in, a Sisters of Mercy style drum machine. Halfway through the track breaks down into full-on meltdown with a luscious, fuzzed out ending. And then we changed our minds finishes things off with a 6 minute, one note, amp blender.

Foldout cardboard sleeve, hand numbered in an edition of 100.

Each disc in an edition of 100.

The first 60 of each printed on brown card, with 20 each on green card and 20 on charcoal. The print on charcoal is a little darker as you may expect. Black-bottomed, silver-topped discs.

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