PRESS REVIEWS of GREAT KAT DVDs/CDs/CD-ROM
"We can add the Great Kat to the list of Swindon icons." - Richard Wintle, Calyx Picture Agency
- THE GREAT KAT
- -"ROCK ON, QUEENS OF NOISE: 10 MORE KILLER HEAVY
METAL FRONTWOMEN" -
-"30 FEMALE ACTS IN METAL" -
- -"HOT WOMEN ROCK STARS WHO ARE ACTUALLY GUITAR GENIUSES" -
OMG News Today
- -"TOP FEMALE GUITARISTS WITH AMAZING GUITAR PLAYING
- -"10 PHENOMENAL FEMALE GUITARISTS THAT DESERVE YOUR
ATTENTION IN 2013" -
- -"FASTEST GUITAR PLAYERS IN THE WORLD" -
- -"TOP 8 FEMALE ELECTRIC GUITARISTS OF ALL TIME" -
- -"TOP TEN FEMALE GUITARISTS" -
- -THE BEST ROCK FEMALE GUITARISTS" -
-"8 OF THE WORLD'S FASTEST SHREDDERS" -
-JUILLIARD HONORS GRADUATE AS A VIOLIN VIRTUOSO
-CONCERTMASTER OF THE JUILLIARD PRE-COLLEGE ORCHESTRA
-WINNER OF THE ARTISTS INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION ON VIOLIN
-CARNEGIE RECITAL HALL DEBUT ON SOLO VIOLIN
“The wave of the future might well be heavy-metal Beethoven by way of Juilliard. Ms. Kat's ‘Beethoven on Speed’ album elevates furiousness to a would-be world view. It is built on speed-rock electric guitar solos (fast, virtuosic, nearly everything articulated with frenzied right-hand strumming and manic left-hand skittering up and down the fret board, the general esthetic being more-notes-per-second equals better). To which she adds hoarse imprecations for her ‘slaves’ to grovel before her and her overpowering genius.”
GUITAR PLAYER MAGAZINE NAMES THE GREAT KAT “50 SENSATIONAL FEMALE GUITARISTS”! “The Great Kat. This Juilliard-trained violinist’s turbocharged, speed-metal readings of classical pieces were pretty astounding when she first appeared…They’re still impressive, in fact, and Kat (born Katherine Thomas) may be one of the fastest guitarists of all time.”
-"The Great Kat is from Swindon. I was hunting down some negatives for the next feature in the Swindon Heritage Magazine when I came across a sheet marked Katherine Thomas on DMJ. and scribbled was the add 'American music star returns home'. Yes indeed we can add the Katherine Thomas aka Great Kat to the list of Swindon icons. Kat, please come back."
"The Great Kat. Beethoven Shreds CD. Regarded as one of the greatest extreme shred albums of all time. The Great Kat is listed as one of the fastest shredders of all time and this is expressed on the 300BPM version of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakovs Flight Of The Bumble Bee. Not only is this track stupidly difficult to play on the violin due to its use of chromatic sixteenth notes, to attempt this on guitar, at speed and execute it well, takes incredible talent and fingering precision. Kat does so, and this is probably due to her multi instrument virtuosity and her knowledge of classical music in general. Kats virtuosity knows no bounds and this is in part to her graduating from Juilliard. There are many guitarists and musicians who could learn a lot from this woman and her shredding technique."
THE TELEGRAPH Features THE GREAT KAT in "TWISTED METAL - T2 CRANKS UP THE DISTORTION SO YOU CAN ADD SOME METAL TO YOUR FAVE POP TRACKS!"
"The Great Kat is a Juilliard graduate who gives mind-blowing twists to classical masterpieces. Must-watch videos: Flight of the Bumblebee, William Tell Overture, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5."
OMG NEWS TODAY NAMES THE GREAT KAT "HOT WOMEN ROCK STARS WHO ARE ACTUALLY GUITAR GENIUSES"!
"The Great Kat. Katherine Thomas took on the stage name The Great Kat for her music career. She trained classically as a violinist at the Juilliard School before turning to metal guitar, and was voted as one of the fastest guitarists of all time by Guitar World Magazine. She released a DVD called Beethoven’s Guitar Shred which met with rave reviews. Her metal versions of many classical numbers such as The Flight of the Bumblebee, Paganini’s Caprice #24 and Beethoven’s 5th Symphony. All this and she is a hot and busty blonde. Full of attitude, her sexiness might scare you."
"Kat (born Katherine Thomas) may be one of the fastest guitarists of all time.”
"The Great Kat. All of us here know that we will stick to this magnificent guitarist, that is, we will be listening (and seeing) classical compositions by the renowned artist played at supersonic speeds, both on guitar and violin. Kat is a virtuoso by nature, and applies it to her particular form of speed-metal, with continuous references to sado, a scary image and a dominance of the stage that would scare off several black metal bands."
Rocka Rolla Web Zine
LAUT.DE NAMES THE GREAT KAT in "30 FEMALE ACTS IN METAL"!
"THE GREAT KAT. Violin Virtuoso, Shredding Guitar Goddess and quite modest. THE GREAT KAT is unique in the metal circus. When she started playing the guitar at the Juilliard School, her love for Viennese classical music quickly mixed with speed metal. Whether it is with classic covers, Beethoven or with her own compositions 'Satan Goes To Church', one thing is certain: the woman is an absolute cult with the Hard-Core Kat-Slaves."
REGENCIPEDIA NAMES THE GREAT KAT "WORLD'S FASTEST GUITARISTS THROUGHOUT HISTORY. The Great Kat is a classically trained violinist who graduated from the Juilliard School. Kat is listed as one of the 'Top Shredders of All Time' by Guitar One Magazine and many media who have known her performances have praised the speed and clarity of her playing."
Great Kat. If you like Heavy sounds, coupled with a speed that is
unparalleled, then The Great Kat is for you. If you have not dared to
play classical music before, you have the chance now. But watch out, the
speed is hellish!"
The Thrasher Blog
GREAT KAT NAMED "TOP 10 MOST FAMOUS WOMEN ROCKERS" "The Great Kat. Her
shred metal translations of Classical music presented her in the list of
"Top 10 Fastest Shredders"!
XWTOUTIAO (China) NAMES THE GREAT KAT "THE HISTORY OF TEN SPEED
HEROES"! "The Great Kat. The sexy cat in the crash. Her works
exaggerated, God gave her the strength. God, the devil was born."
- 20minutos.es NAMES THE GREAT KAT "ROCKERAS MAS BELLAS"
IISALMEN SANOMAT (Finland) NAMES THE GREAT KAT "SHOCK TREATMENT: 10 SHOCK ROCK ALBUMS"
"The Great Kat. Worship Me Or Die! England born Katherine Thomas went down in history as The Great Kat. Classical music trained violinist changed to sophisticated shred expression on electric guitar, leather, spikes and metal obscenity. Gigs with buckets of blood on her head, The Great Kat is a quagmire of her time with great guitar heroes and said she was Beethoven reincarnated . Clear shock rock - material!"
"The Great Kat unleashes her version of Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody #2. Just when you thought she couldn't go any faster, she goes faster still. Just when you thought she couldn't get more bombastic, she proves you wrong and dazzles you in a hurricane swirl of notes and chops that are mind boggling. She is The Great Kat, and she's at it again, this time with a 'male hunk band' and the genius of Liszt at the ready. A classically trained violinist and Juilliard School graduate, The Great Kat brought her classical training to heavy metal, and has since delighted music and guitar lovers alike with her sizzling and blazingly nimble renditions of many of the great and well-loved pieces of classical music history. And her newest endeavor is Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody #2 and even lovers of this traditional song will never hear it the same way again. The mesmerizing new video features the rapid speed action that The Great Kat is legendary for - you have to see it - and hear it - to believe it."
"THE GREAT KAT PREVIEWS NEW SHRED/CLASSICAL DVD — VIDEO"!
"Longtime shredder (on both violin and guitar) the Great Kat has released a brief preview of her upcoming shred/classical DVD. The DVD is expected to be released in 2016. The DVD will feature the Great Kat's shred take on Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons,” Rossini’s “William Tell Overture” and more. In the preview clip below, Kat plays Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons." We've also thrown in a bit of Paganini's Caprice #24. Enjoy!"
"One true originator of the Metal-Classical interbreeding...THE GREAT KAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Rossini's Rape. Musically, she shreds, she kills, she blazes, un-remorseful, unrepentant and unashamed. Uber-fast, crushing and deadly, THE GREAT KAT leaves no survivors. BLOODY VIVALDI is quintessential hyper-speed, hyper shred by the great one herself. Ultra-technical virtuosity combined with inhuman shrieks these classical interpretations will cave in your skull. The orchestral and violence mixes with flair."
"Adulation of The Great Kat. Fastest female guitarist ever - a true
shred merchant. Impulsive and compulsive, fastidious, perfidious,
perfectionist of immoral rectitude."
Michael "MettleAngel" Francisco
"FIFTEEN SONGS FOR INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY. The Great Kat - Flight Of The Bumblebee. Mad as a whistle to some, a shredding mastermind to others, The Great Kat is a guitar and violin virtuoso gone wild. During her career she mostly turned classical pieces into speed metal tunes. Why? Well, I guess she just was the first person on earth who discovered that headbanging on Beethoven is perfectly possible."
NEW AWARD!! WTOUTIAO (CHINA) NAMES THE GREAT KAT "TOP TEN FEMALE GUITARISTS"!
"ITS ENTERTAINMENT" NAMES THE GREAT KAT "TOP 10 MOST FAMOUS WOMEN ROCKERS"!
"When people hear The Great Kat, they come into a state of musical ecstasy. During her concerts, she is known for her thrash metal interpretations of well-known pieces of classical music."
"The Great Kat, a Juilliard-trained virtuoso on guitar and violin, would like it to be known that no snowstorm currently crippling the Northeast is going to stop her from shredding as a woman of such talents could and—at least in certain instances—should. Galleries and museums might be closed, but the Great Kat has sounds on offer on her website, sure to warm up any snow day.Consider them in advance of what the news release promises is a “NEW GREAT KAT SHREDCLASSICAL DVD COMING in 2017,” with takes on Vivaldi, Liszt, Sarasate, Bazzini, and more. Other points of distinction include the honor of being named one of the “TOP 10 FASTEST SHREDDERS OF ALL TIME” by Guitar One magazine and a song, “Right Brain Lover,” purportedly created in collaboration with Timothy Leary. (The existence of the song has an air of mystery about it, but there is record of it in Leary’s papers in the New York Public Library.)"
"The Great Kat. A beautiful and hot chick who defies speed and technique with a guitar in a universe dominated by men. One of the fastest guitar players on the planet at Shred, Thrash and Speed Metal"
Conexion Rock Radio
"If you are a guitar aficionado, you can definitely handle some finger-melting guitar shredding, but can you handle the fastest, meanest and most provocative guitarist in the entire Metal scene? Hell yeah, The Great Kat has been exactly that, and has tormenting guitars and violins which can hardly keep up with her face-melting shreds."
"The Great Kat. Rossini William Tell Overture, aggressiveness with combination of the ultra-fast pace as well as with the maniacal madness. Bazzini “The Round of the Goblins” song, of course, is very fast, faster than the original."
"WOMEN ROCK - # 36 - The Great Kat. Her transcriptions of the great composers of the past sonatas for violin on the six strings are furious. Satan Says reminds you a musician able to "shred" very high speed, combining technical and physicality. Worship Me or Die! technique, combined with an image deeply sexy and aggressive. Beethoven on Speed blend of the classic and speed-thrash. Many, many notes to stun the listener. Digital Beethoven on Cyberspeed; Guitar Goddess; Bloody Vivaldi, Rossini's Rape; Wagner's War; Beethoven Shreds, Extreme Guitar Shred and Beethoven's Guitar Shred. All this, always full use of classical scores. The image is Dominatrix sexual-satanic."
Francesco Gallina "Raven"
ROCKER.SK NAMES THE GREAT KAT "FASTEST GUITARISTS"!
"Fastest Guitarists. The Great Kat. Ranks among the fastest shredders of all time. She studied classical music and does not play typical thrash metal on the guitar. Instead, she transforms familiar songs from classical music and creates original tunes. The Great Kat considers herself the reincarnation of Beethoven. Once she even declared herself God. She also claims to be the only guitar-violin virtuoso since Paganini. The Great Kat uses the Paganini technique that consists of Kat playing with fingers like claws. It is always the dominant driver for classical shredding on guitar with classical technique from the fiddle."
"The Great Kat. Wagner's War. Everything rips by at a blistering pace with her majesty displaying why she was recently voted one of the top 10 shredders of all time. She’s hot, she shreds and she WILL kick your ass. Not many metal fans are man enough to even comprehend what she is trying to do. Shredder paradise."
"The Great Kat is perhaps the most ostentatious virtuoso in recent music history—and yes, that's saying a lot. The self-proclaimed reincarnation of Beethoven, she's fleet-fingered on both violin and guitar, and sports a glam-rock look."
"After graduating from the renowned Julliard School of Music as a scholarship student violinist, The Great Kat would establish herself as one of the fastest guitarists in metal. With "BEETHOVEN SHREDS" you get speed metal insanity. "The Flight Of The Bumblebee" is played with finger-blistering, blazing speed and intensity. Beethoven's famed "5th Symphony" is all out shred dominance from The Great Kat. Paganini's "Caprice #24" a barn storming rendition of the 19th century violinist's composition."
"The Great Kat. 'Wagner's War'. Terrifying screams of Katherine and killing guitar’s riffs that pass to speed-thrash-metal gunfire full of virtuosic solos (in neoclassical style) and the aggressive shouts of “Kill !, Kill !, Kill!”. A sharp and ultra-fast playing of the guitars. Artillery of the guitar riffs and ultra-fast guitar-violin solos like from a Classical Music in the style of Paganini and Vivaldi. Franz Liszt “Hungarian Rhapsody no 2”, of course in a faster and more aggressive pace. It is dominated by the symphonic orchestrations with the ultra-fast guitar-violin solos. “Zapateado” belonged to the Spanish violinist Pablo Sarasate, but as usual the version of THE GREAT KAT in metal and symphonic version – accelerated with very huge dose of insane and fury as well as with murderous sounds."
"Great Kat wills Beethoven's music into blazing fast heavy metal. Guitar One voted Kat as one of "fastest guitarists in history"
"The Great Kat an explosion of attitude, theatrics, dominatrix gear and mind-boggling guitar licks. Kat took classical pieces and turned them into dirty, metal instrumental anthems, playing them at a breakneck speed. The Flight Of The Bumble-Bee’ is a flurry of notes that is positively dizzying. 'Beethoven Shreds' aesthetic of speed, speed, and more speed."
- "A TRUE feminist icon Guitar Goddess, egomaniac and self
professed Reincarnation of Beethoven herself, THE GREAT KAT had a
rebuttal of her own for the stuffed shirt syndicate."
(Cut to The Great Kat's outrageous dominating on the famous Metal Episode of The Morton Downey Jr. Show)
"the Great Kat, the only woman named in Guitar One magazine's list of the 'top ten fastest shredders of all time.'"
"The Great Kat. 'Bloody Vivaldi'. As the music Antonio Vivaldi often caressed my ears, so the more I was curious what the bloodthirsty Katherine Thomas made this time. Surely many Metal fans reach for the original versions of the songs (even out of curiosity) thanks to the achievements of THE GREAT KAT. Metal-orchestral variation of “The Four Seasons”. When THE GREAT KAT added the guitars riffs as well as the guitar-violin solos in its arrangements then the each of the emotions shown in the original masterpiece was enhanced. Proof of virtuosity of Katherine Thomas. 'Torture Chamber' ultra-fast guitar riffs, razor-sharp licks and the masterly parties (with neoclassical breath) form totally crazy and possessed the wall of sound. “Carmen Fantasy” full of guitar riffs and masterly guitar-violin solos."
The Great Kat Named "TOP TEN FASTEST GUITAR SHREDDERS"
"8 BBC RADIO DOCS THAT WILL CHANGE THE WAY YOU LISTEN TO MUSIC.
1. Shredding isn't just showing off. In Fast and Furioso, conductor Rainer Hersch meets virtuoso musicians from all walks of musical life to ask whether there's a corollary between the ability to play extremely complicated pieces at high speed - anything from Rimsky-Korsakov's Flight of the Bumblebee to a speed metal version of Beethoven's 5th by
The Great Kat condensed into 74 seconds."
"8 ICONIC WOMEN IN METAL. The Great Kat remains one of the most interesting women in heavy metal. Born Katherine Thomas, The Great Kat worked to be the fastest neo classical guitarist on the planet. Kat is a classically trained violinist, graduating from the Juilliard School and achieved headlines when she said that she was the reincarnation of Beethoven."
"TOP 10 MOST FAMOUS WOMEN ROCKERS. Katherine Thomas (The Great Kat). When people hear The Great Kat, they come into a state of musical ecstasy. And due to the fact that, during her concerts, she is known for her thrash metal interpretations of well-known pieces of classical music. And these thrash metal interpretations introduced added her name in the list of 'Top 10 Fastest Shredders of all Time'."
-"THE GREAT KAT INTERVIEW – SHREDDING HER WAY THROUGH CLASSICAL MUSIC"
"Behold! The great Kat has released photo stills from her upcoming "Terror" Video. All will kneel and worship at the feet of the goddess of shred. The Empress of speed metal. The queen of all guitars!" -
"The Great Kat, the shredder who made her name with virtuoso speed-metal renditions of classical compositions."
The Great Kat Named
"Famous People From Swindon"
"10 HOTTEST SUPER BOWL PHOTOSHOOTS.
The Great Kat rock band dressed up in as Quarterback Shredder, Cheerleader Goddess, Hot Shred Running Back and Fantasy Football Shred Goddess. Their special edition calendar is for sale." - In My Group Celebrity Site
In My Group Celebrity Site
"Artist Spotlight - The Great Kat. One of the world's greatest and fastest, if not THE greatest and fastest guitar shredders is The Great Kat. She is a Julliard graduate Violin Virtuoso and multi-talented Goddess who has won numerous awards and performed all over the world. She has become the revolutionary metal guitarist/violinist and 1 of the world's fastest guitar shredders. One example would be her playing Flight of the Bumblebee http://localmusicplay.com/main/64/"
"The Great Kat. Beethoven Shreds. From the beginning of the Great Kat’s latest guitar drenched release, it is clear who defines the classical speed metal genre. Her shredding is exceptional. Her tone is unmatched. Her speed and clarity of notes is impeccable. Her album, BEETHOVEN SHREDS is an ear orgasm. Beethoven himself would be proud of her accomplishments in sound and fury. Her playing outshines and outlasts anything her peers can do. She is at the top, and all the rest will kneel. Classical speed ecstasy."
"Boy, what a treat we have for you today!!! We are proud to present: The ultimate Shred Goddess, The Great Kat and her Songs With Stories, all in Great Kat style. So prepare my friends, it's going to get loud in here!!!"
"In honor of the great Paganini anniversary, we offer the British-American violin and guitar virtuoso Katherine Thomas, better known as The Great Kat, a show out of the ordinary. If anyone wants to know more about The Great Kat, her "shred / classical music" and highly personal interpretations of, among others Vivaldi, Beethoven, Bach, Wagner and Liszt, recommended the following website: http://www.greatkat.com And right there: Happy 233rd anniversary, Niccolò!"
"One of my favorites is the high-octane guitar shredder, The Great Kat. She reckons she's saving Classical music for the YouTube generation, who want their music fast and furious. She plays Beethoven's '5th Symphony' in 1 minute, 14 seconds! WHAT?? Yep! We live in an age of speed. Fast and furioso for sure!"
"Speed demon guitar icon, a Heavy Metal character playing at the speed of light and shredding pieces by Vivaldi, Mozart, Beethoven, Paganini and Bach. The Great Kat is a band like few that deserved a place in the wide world scene. One of the most extreme records that you might hear is 'Worship Me Or Die', which contains one of the most resounding successes of thrash underground of the time. "Metal Messiah" a true metal anthem played at breakneck speed. THE GREAT KAT is a band that deserves to be remembered by metalheads in the world. THE GREAT KAT is highly recommended."
"Top Female Guitarists with Amazing Guitar Playing Skills.
Watch: The Great Kat: Juilliard-trained violinist, she is amazingly fast shredder" ["Beethoven Mosh" Music Video]
"Feel like shredding the year away? Tired of the same old versions of classical music around the Christmas tree? Well then, you should check out the upcoming album by everybody's favorite shred-queen The Great Kat. On the DVD she plays her own, distinct version of works by Rossini, Liszt, Vivaldi, Bazzini and Beethoven."
"The Great Kat. Beastly in the best sense, ferocious violin virtuoso and lightning-clawed guitar shredder. Displays of seemingly impossible technical wizardry and a steady succession of releases that combine her classical music roots with her volcanic lust for metal at its fastest, hardest, and most complex."
“The Great Kat - "Flight of the Bumblebee". Brilliant and amazing. She is the fastest female guitar player in the world and has revolutionized the guitar industry by playing classical greats to heavy, thrashing guitar riffs.”
Local Music Play
"The Great Kat's version of Rossini's "William Tell Overture" so exceptional and so, so fast, any Metronome Makers need to invent a Speed Metal Metronome and call it Speed Vixen Kat. No other person can drench music over me and it leaves me profoundly changed like The Great Kat. She personifies a Scandinavian Goddess, Her Crossbow - Her Guitar, Her dominatrix outfit and Ambient Person incandescent, like a Sky Goddess having Blokes eating out of Her Hands. Our Hero the brilliant Great Kat, the world's fastest female guitarist, the Female Genius of our modern Era. Kat you certainly inspire my love of music and history. Rock on Coaxing Siren."
Peter Kemp's Theatre
"Little time for Beethoven? Juilliard-trained speed-metal guitarist @greatkatguitar can help"
PENN STATE CENTER for the PERFORMING ARTS
"Famous Classical Songs You Recognize"
"Flight of the Bumblebee. This piece of classical music has been featured in pop culture over the years, everywhere from version played on The Muppet Show to a thrash metal version created by the Great Kat."
"Born in England, raised in New York, Juilliard graduate the Great Kat is a guitarist on a mission – to play pieces of classical music fast. Very fast. The high-octane guitar shredder is known for her thrash metal interpretations of well-known classical compositions; she can play the first movement of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony in one minute and 14 seconds."
The Great Kat "Is This Kat Krazy Like A Fox. The wave of the future might well be heavy-metal Beethoven by way of Juilliard.”
The New York Times
"The Great Kat – the fastest heavy metal guitar virtuoso in the world – is bringing her unique personality, wit and humor to Rock Confidential! Her new advice column, The Great Kat Screams!, is finally here! Fans sent in questions from all over the world to The Great Kat, exclusively through Rock Confidential. Scroll through the questions and step into the wild world of The Great Kat!"
"She is A sonic, sorceress of the shred guitar. A universally acclaimed leader in over the top superior guitar genius. She is loud, she is proud, she is ...THE GREAT KAT!!!!! Hail to the Great Kat."
"The Great Kat, violin-guitar virtuoso and self-styled Beethoven reincarnate. Is this Juilliard-trained, hard-rocking musician really the reincarnation of Beethoven?"
"The Great Kat - Beethoven Shreds. THE GREAT KAT is an absolute institution, when it comes to fast stringed instruments. Beethoven's Fifth Symphony. The third Brandenburg Concerto by Johann Sebastian Bach. Sounds crazy? It is! She is and remains simply unique! I for one am and remain a KAT-slave."
"The Great Kat/Rossini's 'William Tell Overture' Music Video will be featured on the upcoming new virtuoso Great Kat DVD arriving later in 2016. Get more info on the world's greatest guitar shredder at: http://www.greatkat.com "
"Katherine Thomas, aka lunatic shred-guitarist The Great Kat, was born in Swindon and claimed to be the reincarnation of Beethoven. Put that in your comedic-value pipe and smoke it!"
Classic Rock Magazine
"BEST AMERICAN FEMALE GUITARISTS – SHREDDING SIRENS". "Thrash metal queen The Great Kat. The Great Kat. Song recommendation – ‘Beethoven Mosh 5th Symphony in C Minor’. Classically trained Kat is most famous for her high speed interpretations of pieces of classical music. Named one of the fastest shredders of all time. Kat’s persona is tongue-in-cheek and played for fun, but her talent is for real. Classical music. Speed metal style."
"The Great Kat. You can play SO FAST! WOW! Unbelievable! Unbelievable!"
"The Great Kat. Overwhelming musical talent. Appearing on stage in outrageous outfits and dominatrix gear. Performing and recording wickedly fast covers of classics."
"Wicked Woman" Book.
"MERMAID VIOLIN GODDESS THE GREAT KAT SHREDS UNDERWATER"! "Just when you think you’ve seen everything from wild shredder The Great Kat, check out these unbelievable photos of the speed vixen performing underwater!"
THE GREAT KAT WINS GUITAR PLAYER MAGAZINE'S "WHO PLAYS THE FASTEST" Reader Poll with 27%!! (11/25/14)
-"The Great Kat. TOP 10 SHRED GUITAR HEROES. The Great Kat -- sexy wildcat shredder. The spitting image of a violent nymphomaniac. God actually has given her speed playing strength. God, the Devil was born."
"Classical! That's right! By The Great Kat! She's obviously THE fastest Guitar player I'VE EVER HEARD. Out of New York City. Best known for her thrash metal interpretations of well-known pieces of classical music. Right now we're going to hear "Beethoven on Speed", "William Tell Overture" and Rossini's "The Barber of Seville" from The Great Kat!"
Fem ROCK Covers Vol I
PoP dEFECT RADIO Podcast
"Ten Women Composers and Guitarists In The Last 20 Years. The Great Kat is the pseudonym of Katherine Thomas. Speed metal guitarist. She is known for her thrash performances of well-known classical music. In most of them she interprets with the electric guitar, but sometimes uses the violin."
“The Great Kat - is like a force of nature in both her everyday life and in the music world. She tells Matt Chapman how a Judas Priest music video led her to become one of the fastest guitarists alive.”
"Issue 33 of MyM is out now! Featuring crazy guitarist (and the reincarnation of Beethoven!) The Great Kat. We're grilling one of the fastest guitar players alive (page 82)."
"A few things to know about the Great Kat: she's declared herself God, as well as the reincarnation of Beethoven. She speaks about herself in the third person. She favors leather, fishnets, and other dominatrix-inspired garb, and her signature talent is the ability to 'shred' the electric guitar. She's a Juilliard-trained violinist, but she's declared classical music 'dead.'"
"Is this real? I want it to be real. Great Kat ,Timothy Leary song 'Right Brain Lover'" "So, shred mistress of all life The Great Kat has released cryptic news of a recording she did in 1984 with famed acid guru and psychedelic psychology space warrior Timothy Leary."
Morgan Y. Evans
"TOP 10 GREATEST SPEED GUITAR HEROES. THE GREAT KAT -- SEXY WILDCAT SHREDDER"
"It's the Great Kat and your not worthy of her awesomeness! The Great Kat is just about to SHRED YOUR FACE OFF! Seriously awesome!"
"The Great Kat thrash metal guitarist 'shreds' Beethoven’s 5th Symphony in under two minutes."
Richard Bannerman, Producer
"Longtime shredder (on both violin and guitar) the Great Kat has released a brief preview of her upcoming shred/classical DVD—and you can check it out below. The DVD is expected to be released in 2015. The DVD will feature the Great Kat's shred take on Vivaldi’s 'The Four Seasons', Rossini’s 'William Tell Overture' and more. In the preview clip below, Kat plays Vivaldi’s 'The Four Seasons.' We've also thrown in a bit of Paganini's Caprice #24. Enjoy!"
"Just done a fast and furious interview with the amazing @greatkatguitar for @BBCRadio4. Check her out - now that's passion, Prog out 2015"
"The Great Kat transforms pieces of classical music into outrageous guitar shreds, including Flight of the Bumblebee played at a blistering 300 bpm! Watch one of the world's fastest players shred on both guitars and violins as she brings the metal to these timeless compositions in seven shocking and bloody music videos straight from her torture chamber."
"Posing as a dominatrix as she pours out classical licks in the form of liquid metal riffs, Great Kat is one of the most unique figures in metal. She has the ego of David Lee Roth and the fingers of Steve Vai."
"There is no confusing The Great Kat with anyone else...A fire-storm of blond hair whipping around a guitar that's smoking from ferocious fingers and a whole lot of fury. A graduate of the elite Juilliard School, The Great Kat is best known and loved (and sometimes feared) for her speed metal interpretations of the most famous and well-loved pieces of classical music."
"Rhapsody's Shred Radio. The station is centered around the fleet fingers and virtuoso fretwork of wizards like The Great Kat."
""The Great Kat is a double virtuoso for guitar and violin. However, unlike Paganini, she plays with insane speed. 'Goddess Shreds Live in Chicago.' Be prepared to hear audio or see video of her being worshiped by her fans for her music and for her dominatrix persona."
"Unlike anything else. The Great Kat guitarist is counted as one of the ten fastest in the world. Mythical instrumental goddess. The music may be said to be as extreme as it gets. Oh, this is fantastic. Why have I not noticed this before?"
"Yes, your typical Juilliard graduate. Katherine Thomas, of Swindon, England, changes course after playing classical violin to become known as Great Kat, one of the top guitar (and violin) shredders. Her Bloody Vivaldi, a feverish version of The Four Seasons, would certainly liven up a brunch."
"The Great Kat. Guitar World Magazine once named her one of the fastest shredders of all time and her onstage BDSM and shock-rock inspired onstage persona could give Alice Cooper a run for his money. She has established herself as an undisputed guitar virtuoso. Guitar Girl Magazine delves into the story and phenomenon that is 'The Great Kat.'"
"What's new with heavy metal's favorite speed shredding goddess? The Great Kat released a music video for her version of Rossini's 'William Tell Overture.' She plays both the guitar and the violin (usually at 300 BPM), transcribes classical music for a modern twist and dominates her fans. The Great Kat loves to entertain and uses showmanship antics, the likes of which, may be compared to Jimi Hendrix. She licks the guitar and pulls it up over her head and behind her back. If this description intrigues you, you can preview a portion of the music video on iTunes and make your purchase accordingly."
"Guitar Girl Magazine interviewed guitar virtuoso/shredder The Great Kat. Named as one of the fastest shredders of all time by Guitar World Magazine, it was a surprise to learn that she spent her childhood dreaming of bringing classical music to the world as a performer and composer."
CHACHI GUITAR NAMES THE GREAT KAT "GUITAR FREAKS - EXCESSES AND PARAPHERNALIA"
"The Great Kat. Kat's superpower comes from interpreting pieces by Beethoven and other classical music of the past through the blender of thrash metal and twice as fast, almost like the audio went beyond the speed limit."
"The Great Kat, one of the fastest guitarists (if not the fastest) in the world, with her blistering version of the William Tell Overture. It's well worth the download just to watch her play, her fingers flying across the frets in a blur, every note clear and sharp. Maximum flash and speed. The Great Kat is an artist who continues to impress."
R. Scott Bolton
"Great Kat carries Classical music in her veins and applies them in all artistic aspects. Technical, demonic voices are saturated with the great Classical composers, especially Beethoven, who The Great Kat says she is the musical reincarnation. 'Beethoven Shreds', The Great Kat performs the '5th Symphony' and 'Brandenburg Concerto' at maximum speed on guitar and violin, with crushing technique and power."
Francisco Marin Sanchez
GUITAR WORLD MAGAZINE NAMES THE GREAT KAT "NEED FOR SPEED: THE 50 FASTEST GUITARISTS OF ALL TIME"!
"GW exceeds the legal limit with this roundup of the 50 fastest masters of the fretboard. The Great Kat. SIGNATURE SONG: 'The Flight of the Bumble Bee'. ALBUM: Beethoven on Speed. Juilliard-trained virtuoso. Heavy leather dominatrix persona so over the top."
MUSICRADAR.COM NAMES THE GREAT KAT AS "20 OF THE FASTEST GUITARISTS IN THE WORLD TODAY"
"The Great Kat. Fastest track: Metal
Messiah. The Great Kat deserves credit, not
just for her incredible speed, but for
sticking to her passion. An uncompromising
shred demon hell-bent on bringing classical
music crashing into the 20th (and now the
21st) century, preferably at about 500bpm."
NAMES THE GREAT KAT "THE 13 MOST POWERFUL
'O' FACES OF ROCK"
The Great Kat."
GREAT KAT attempts to set the world afire
with her self-proclaimed genius. Imagine
Beethoven and Paganini rendered at
hyperspeed with a gnarly sledgehammer fulla
heavy metal crunch. Imagine the great
classics of the ages brought to our
post-modern era of toxic-dumpsites and MTV,
thanks in total to the single-minded
persistence of one loud, proud and insane
year, New York's famed Juilliard School
churns out dozens of concert violinists.
Some of these hardworking musicians go on to
play in orchestras. Others become music
teachers. But only one grad has mutated into
the Great Kat: a camouflage-bikini-wearing,
slave-commanding, blood-spitting dominatrix
whom Guitar One magazine has named one of
the ten fastest guitar shredders of all
commercial for 'Call of Duty: Ghosts'
features your music and is a perfect fit."
Great Kat's 'Beethoven's Guitar Shred' DVD
features close-ups of her rapid finger work.
If you like the musical revolution of
metal/classical fusion, you'll love it. 'The
Flight of the Bumble-Bee.' This is your
chance to see her play both the guitar and
the violin with equal skill and speed. 'Paganini's
'Caprice #24.' We see her show her mastery
on both guitar and violin. The speed
of the violin and guitar makes me think of
Charlie Daniel's Band's 'The Devil Went Down
to Georgia' and Tenacious D's 'Rock Off.'"
"In a textbook display of how advertising is
much different in the U.K., Tag Europe and
Tesco — the world’s second largest retailer
— used the music of The Great Kat in their
ad for Call of Duty: Ghosts to add a sense
of drama and urgency to the spot. In
America, you don’t use the music of
classically-trained virtuosos to sell video
games, you use Eminem. The 20 second spot
scores The Great Kat‘s rendition of
Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons” to its footage
of players enjoying the game."
NAMES THE GREAT KAT "10
PHENOMENAL FEMALE GUITARISTS THAT DESERVE
YOUR ATTENTION IN 2013"!
Great Kat. She’s just so awesome. The Great
Kat has been called one of the fastest
shredders of all time by Guitar One
magazine, and watching her play it seems
like a fair accolade. What truly makes The
Great Kat great is her understanding of
music across genres. Morphing of classical
music into pretty skin-shearing metal ought
to be celebrated hugely. Jacques Loussier’s
transitioning of Chopin and Bach to jazz was
hugely revered, and The Great Kat, deserves
the same treatment."
with the Great Kat is like trying to
communicate with the possessed character in
THE EXORCIST. The former Katherine Thomas, a
graduate of the Juilliard School of Music,
has made a name for herself by creating
controversy wherever she can, whether it's
within the grooves of her album WORSHIP ME
OR DIE! or doing phone interviews with
unsuspecting journalists from Cleveland. Kat
doesn't talk. She screams."
Great Kat! 'William Tell Overture'. Dude,
it's a fun video. Super fast playing, of
course, it's The Great Kat. She's got 3 guys
behind her playing the guitar, like it's an
orchestra. A Lot of fun. Great tune. It's
The Great Kat at her best, shredding like a
maniac. William Tell Overture on iTunes."
"The Great Kat is changing the history of
music with the Digital Hyperspeed multimedia
techniques she used in her new Digital
Beethoven On Speed CD-ROM."
Guitar Shred from The Great Kat -
revolutionary! With an insane speed
Katherine Thomas shreds the strings of her
electric guitar. From bloodthirsty videos on
Beethoven's Guitar Shred DVD, rises The
Great Kat's glorification of violence to an
art form. Wildly revolutionary Classical
guitar shreds. Thumbs up!"
- "With phenomenal speed, Kat thrashes
through classical figures. The Great Kat
loves the smell of napalm in the morning.
Her version of ‘Flight of the Valkyries'
transforms Wotan's corpse collecting maidens
into warrior princesses whose arena-rock
howls would make Siegfried quiver."
- Neva Chonin
San Francisco Chronicle
"The Great Kat. Bloody Vivaldi. Not only is
she the most skilled speed guitarist out
there, she also plays a mean electric violin
and performs wonderful renditions of
classical tracks. Vivaldi's The Four
Seasons. Many thought Paganini sold his soul
to play so well, I know The Great Kat did."
The Great Kat (Katherine Thomas) Named "The New Woman To Watch" for two consecutive years.
- New Woman Magazine
- "THE GREAT KAT: BLOODY VIVALDI. (Rating: 5 Chalices of
Blood) Vivaldi's 'The Four Seasons'! This
classic piece receives the Great Kat
treatment in a cacophonous fusion of
violins, heavy metal guitars and drums.
Totally f**king superb! Retaining all of the
melodic glory of the original and bringing
it up to date with a bang, nay, an explosion
of musical dexterity and powerful passion."
- "THE 30 MOST VIRTUOSO GUITARISTS IN
HISTORY" ("Los 30 Guitarristas Mas Virtuosos de la Historia")
than sex: The Great Kat (a/k/a God)
scratches her b**ch. Hyperspeed is the term
the Great Kat uses to genre-ize her richly
harmonic, finger-blistering electric guitar
interpretations of both classical
compositions and her original work. The
title track of Beethoven On Speed is a
reverberating rush through the master's
- THE GREAT KAT: "Famous Juilliard School Alumni"
- "'Beethoven Shreds' from The Great Kat.
Beethoven's 'Fifth Symphony'. To deconstruct
it to solo shredding must have been
difficult and she does it beautifully. The
songs pack a lot of punch at 300 BPM. The
album will have you researching the original
works and comparing them to her versions,
thus educating the next generation of music
- Marjorie LaPrade
- "THE GREAT KAT. Bloody Vivaldi. The Kat opens the
disc by ripping through lick after lick in
'The Four Seasons'. The Great Kat separates
herself from the others in her field by
combining speed metal and classical music,
making this weird combination a real
- The Inside Connection
Kat. Her new video for the 'William Tell
Overture' is currently burning up iTunes and
is something that every metal head and
classical music lover needs to see."
Kat Named "GUITAR A TO Z: THE GREATEST OF
ALL TIME - HEAVY METAL"
"Guitarra de A a Z"
KAT. 'Bloody Vivaldi'. An extraordinary
display of musicianship and grade A class. A
classical metal masterpiece of Vivaldi's
'The Four Seasons' that feature an actual
chamber orchestra and a metal band side by
side. A true genius in the 21st century
performing both guitar and violin, the Great
Kat is owner and operator of some of the
fastest hands in the world and perhaps the
- "Graduated from the prestigious Juilliard School of
Music in New York, Kat is a consummate
guitarist, violinist and maestra. Her
specialty: turning classical music into
- Fernando Souza Filho
- Rock Brigade Magazine
"THE GREAT KAT. Bloody Vivaldi. 4 STARS. She
plays his 'Four Seasons' at an amazing pace
on not only guitar but also violin so
precise yet so fast that Itzhak Perlman most
likely wouldn't even try to compete against
it. Every music aficionado would be
completely struck in awe after hearing her."
- "The Great Kat. Rossini's 'William Tell Overture.' I've
always referred to this tune as 'the horse
race song' but horses would clearly fall to
their hooves with chest pain if they
attempted racing to this version [the theme
song to The Lone Ranger]. The tune combines
a live symphony orchestra with MIDI
instruments and one heavily amped Kat."
- Liz Ciavarella
- Metal Maniacs Magazine
- "The Great Kat. Beethoven On Speed does to classical
music what Jaws did for swimming. Her
patented 'hyperspeed' soloing is cleaner and
faster than ever."
- Jeff Gilbert
- Guitar World Magazine
- GUITARRA ATALHO NAMES THE GREAT KAT #1 IN "THE 12 BEST
GUITARISTS OF THE WORLD"
"1st Katherine Thomas (The Great Kat). The
Great Kat is best known for her thrash metal
interpretations of well-known pieces of
- Leonardo Martins Moraes
- GRAPHS.NET NAMES THE GREAT KAT TOP 10 "FASTEST GUITAR
PLAYERS IN THE WORLD"
- "There are many fast guitar players in the world but
here is a list of the fastest of them all.
The Great Kat is the sixth fastest guitar
player in the world and her real name is
Katherine Thomas. She plays Guitar and
"'The Great Kat' strikes a Beethovenian
pose. Forget 'Roll Over Beethoven.' the
master has been subjected to a version of
his Fifth Symphony called Beethoven On
Speed, created by one who bills herself as
'The Great Kat.' A Juilliard graduate still
based in the Big Apple, 'Kat' has combined
classical music with 'music of the 21st
century' to come up with a genre she calls 'Hyperspeed.'"
"HEAVY METAL: THE MUSIC AND ITS CULTURE"
BOOK FEATURES THE GREAT KAT IN "MAKING THE
MUSIC: METAL GODS" - CHAPTER 3! "The Great
Kat. Trained as a classical violinist at
Juilliard, Kat, who played at Carnegie Hall,
is a speed-metal guitarist. Her style evokes
the image of Paganini as a headbanger.
Performing feats of technical virtuosity in
her decollete leather and studs outfit."
- "Ladies and Gentlemen, meet The Great Kat! Her prowess
can be seen and heard on her new 'Extreme Guitar
Shred' DVD. The Juilliard school graduate was
recently named one of the '10 Fastest Shredders
Of All Time' by Guitar One magazine"
- John Lorinc
Kat. This chick is amazing! Classically
trained musician, that decided one day she
was going to be a guitar shredder. And boy
oh boy is she a guitar shredder! She's just
so fast, I don't even know how to begin to
describe what this woman is capable of.
She's so good. ALL HAIL THE GREAT KAT!
Definitely recommend you check that stuff
is a Juilliard graduate virtuoso, for Kat,
playing shred guitar is easy! She's a fast,
exciting genius composer who hyperspeeds
circles around all other so-called
Great Kat is and has been one of the most
innovative and technically sound metal
guitarists Ever!!! I have been a fan of her
awesomeness and guitar virtuosity since I
was a teenager banging my [head] to Metal
Messiah on Headbangers Ball!!!"
a worthy Kat slave because there is
absolutely NOTHING I would not do to push
the gospel of this great artist, and as
forcefully creative as humanly possible."
I was one of the first people to buy The
Great Kat 'Beethoven On Speed' cd back in
1990. I preordered it from Peaches Records
in Altamonte Springs, FL. And I wore it out!
(Do you know how hard it is to wear out a cd??)"
Altamonte Springs, FL
Great Kat plays with the virtuosity and fury
unknown since the great Beethoven!"
Kat Contest Winner from Chesterfield, VA
am Kat possessed forever because The Great
Kat is a one woman musical army, in a male
dominated musical landscape...all that is
great about music equals THE GREAT F**KING
KAT [deal with it or die]"
Kat Contest Winner from Linden, NJ
GREAT KAT CAN GO FROM SEXY STEALTH TO
ULTRA-SEXY KILLER OUT-OF-CONTROL LIGHT SPEED
FASTER THAN E=MC2!!!"
Great Kat Contest Winner from Detroitm MI
Me Or Die!
of the Bumblebee guitar runs and arpeggios.
Here, the listener will find Kat arguably
living up to her claim as 'metal's fastest
guitarist,' with what passes as a
classically influenced approach."
- "Digital Beethoven On Cyberspeed" CD-ROM/CD: "Speed-metal
version of Wagner's 'Ride of the Valkyries'
that's guaranteed to blow your mind."
"THE MERCILESS BOOK OF METAL LISTS" NAMES
THE GREAT KAT'S "BLOODY VIVALDI" CD "200
EMBARRASSINGLY" ALBUM COVERS"! "66. THE
GREAT KAT - Bloody Vivaldi"
- "The Great Kat. Once a classical
violinist, the Juilliard graduate now is the
first and foremost practitioner of
'hyper-speed' metal, an unusually complex
classical/metal fusion. She also curses like
a sailor and vowed to turn all the men
present at the fest into her slaves."
"The Great Kat, Juilliard-trained classical
musician who rebelled at all that stuffy
pretension and is now devoting her life to
performing classical masterworks in speed
"Only The Great Kat that lightning speed
demon would have the guts enough to cover
Beethoven on metal guitar. Lo and behold, on
Beethoven On Speed, she offers a hyperspeed
version of old Ludwig Van's Fifth Symphony.
Blazing fast version of 'Flight of the
"The Great Kat's Digital Beethoven on
Cyberspeed. The Kat's personal flavor livens
up these dead musicians-making them hundreds
of times more accessible to modern
audiences. This title is great for any kid
with a sense of humor and a yen for music,
modern or classical."
"SPECTACULAR blended Cd. What is Beethoven
Shreds? Its the mix of your favorite
musicians classical music blended with
metal. If you know Beethoven then you know
how great this composer was. Now lets take
that great musician's songs and change up
the instruments and add in some higher
tones, and an increase in speed you then
result to a rocking great classic. First you
get the fun songs you remember from
Beethoven, and then you get the more rocking
and want to dance too music by The Great
Kat, world's fastest guitarist. Makes this
Cd an exciting new way to listen to the
classics. You will be so impressed."
FEVER. Crazy Kat, mistress of metal. The
Great Kat - an obsessive flurry of loudness
and leather who makes it her mission to
distill the likes of Beethoven and Paganini
into a super-fast, super-loud essence that
she has dubbed 'hyperspeed.'"
New York Magazine
"The Great Kat
- Beethoven On Speed. Album full of
references to legendary classical composers
and metal renditions of classical
standards...Juilliard trained guitarist and
violinist, out of her mind dominatrix
Katherine Thomas, aka The Great Kat. This
recording is pure, magical insanity."
- "On 'Wagner's War,' by New
York's lovable dominatrix The Great Kat, the girl with the brilliant speedchops and the pro wrestling mentality wages war in three acts.
A total metal shred of classical composer Richard Wagner's 'The Ride Of
The Valkyries,' from his opera,
- Mike G
Kat's earbludgeoning Beethoven on Speed
album would certainly cause old Ludwig to
roll over in his grave. This self-anointed 'hyperspeed
guitarist' and Juilliard graduate dared to
unite classical and speed metal"
"Dangerous Women" CD featuring The Great
Kat's "Beethoven Mosh"
- "WAGNER'S WAR. The Great Kat. Savage,
take no prisoners classical metal shredding,
the powerhouse unleashes six-string fury
that comes at you faster than you can blink.
Opening with the world's fastest version of
Wagner's 'The Ride Of The Valkyries,' the
blitzkrieg doesn't let up. There is nothing
in the world of classical metal and
guitar-shredding like the Great Kat."
- Slappy Morgan
Kat Metalizes Beethoven On Speed. Exudes the
self confidence and balls of John Wayne,
Lucretia Borgia and Billy The Kid all in
SQUIDOO NAMES THE GREAT KAT ONE OF "THE
WORLD'S FASTEST GUITAR PLAYER"
Great Kat - Metal Messiah. Bloody Vivaldi by
The Great Kat"
- NME NAMES THE GREAT KAT "TOP 8 FEMALE ELECTRIC
GUITARISTS OF ALL TIME"
- "The Great Kat: When the Juilliard trained Kat straps on
the six-strings, everything around is sucked
up in a swirling vortex of hypersonic
rock/metal music scene has long been known
as having the reputation of being a 'boy's
club,' but there are women with great talent
in the industry. 'Great Kat' is an alumna of
Juilliard, a very prestigious music school
and is said to be among the fast guitar
shredders in the world as well as a violin
virtuoso. She uses her knowledge of
classical music and love of metal to combine
them in a high speed frenzy of technical
skill and feeling."
- "OK all you rock-n-rollers. This is The
Great Kat's 'Beethoven Guitar Shred' DVD.
She's the world's fastest female guitarist.
On this DVD are music videos featuring Kat
shredding to such classics as 'The Flight of
the Bumble-Bee', a metal version of the
world's most famous symphony Beethoven's
"5th". Have you piqued your interest?"
- Denise Pritchard
- "The Great Kat. Rossini's 'William Tell Overture' for
Symphony Orchestra & band plays like the sci-fi soundtrack to a William
Gibson version of the Lone Ranger and Bazzini's 'The Round of the
Goblins' for violin, piano and band is a dizzying cornucopia of mayhem
"Ludwig van for the rock 'n' roll
generation. You've got to brace yourself for
the frenetic female force behind Digital
Beethoven On Cyberspeed. Meet The Great Kat.
Beethoven's back for a whole new
- "The Great Kat. She graduated from
Juilliard on violin. She's a very
classically trained guitar player. She
started playing shred thrash metal, which is
f**king awesome. She's a bloody awesome
musician. 'Metal Messiah' by The Great Kat
from 'Worship Me Or Die!' album, is a f**king
great album, so bloody check that out. The
Great Kat is a frickin' legend. She's a
Metal Amazon. She's a f**king beast."
- DJ Grey and Liam Fra
- "The Great Kat. ‘Rossini’s William Tell Overture for
Symphony Orchestra and Band’ must be the
maddest version of this famous classic."
- KURIER NAMES THE GREAT KAT "THE BEST ROCK
- "The American heavy metal guitarist The Great Kat (born
Katherine Thomas) expertly wraps her band's
Classical sounds into speed metal and pulls
it into a vortex of sonic virtuosity."
- "The Great Kat - Wagner's War. The CD starts
with Wagner's Ride of the Valkyrie totally speed up and energized, the
perfect song to go to war, just like in that Oscars awarded movie:
- Fred Boschet
- “'Rossini’s Rape'. At the very start of
the album, you are suckered into thinking
that you will have a nice, calm time while
kicked back listening to some tunes. Just a
few seconds in, and TGK’s version of
Rossini’s, 'William Tell Overture', will
have you back on your feet and ready to
Kat. 'Bloody Vivaldi'. It starts out with
the most hardcore version of Vivaldi’s, “The
Four Seasons”, that the mind could imagine.
It keeps a fanatical pace that makes the
blood boil and the heart thump against the
inside of the ribs."
Paper Dragon Ink
War' in Heavy Metal. 'The Ride Of The
Valkyries'. This is great, it is exuberant!
The Great Kat, her musical power. 'Heavy and
brutal Ode to War' is subtitled the second
piece. Would Wagner turn over in his grave?
To him, yes you can be as you want. His
music was revolutionary, as well as the CD
'Wagner's War' by The Great Kat."
- "The Great Kat (Beethoven Shreds) includes a short
arrangement of the tune [Beethoven Symphony
No 5] at a breakneck tempo, infused with
shred heroics and speed-metal accompaniment.
The Great Kat's shred histrionics take
Beethoven's Fifth to a whole new
level...Bach's Brandenburg Concerto #3. The
Great Kat provides 100 seconds of utterly
mad shred guitar with multiple lead parts
weaving in and out of each other, all played
at lightning pace."
- "The Great Kat. This woman is the world's fastest female
guitarist. She is a graduate of the
Juilliard School, so you know she has cred.
She's a violin virtuoso and the world’s
fastest guitar shredder. Her new ‘Beethoven
Shreds’ CD showcases Classical music
shredded on the guitar and violin, we’re
talking Beethoven, Bach, Paganini. ‘Flight
of the Bumble-Bee’. That’s cool!"
Great Kat, 'Beethoven On Speed'. Psychofrantic, unrelenting dose of
furious and fast guitar licks. The Great Kat definitely has chops -
honed on classical concert violin - and she takes them to new gothic
Kat. Rossini's 'William Tell Overture'. A
hyper-fast interpretation executed by a
symphony orchestra (for which the mighty
speed guitar goddess is responsible) and the
band. Your ears will start to bleed by the
insane violin-parts and galloping guitar
"The electrifying American heavy metal guitarist The Great Kat has done it again! Just in time for Richard Wagner's 200th Jubilee is the glorious album 'Wagner's War'. War-like musical exploration of the horrible attacks of September 11th."
"Rock Chick" definition in "Urban Dictionary": "Good examples of rock chicks include Guitarist Great Kat (aka Katherine Thomas)-- who is known for her extremely technical shredding."
"The Great Kat" definition in "Urban Dictionary": "Awesome trained violin virtuoso chic that became a guitar virtuoso after graduating. She can play faster than most would be MALE guitar heroes, she's a hot dominatrix, and placed number 10 in "fastest shredders of all time" (only girl in the list by the way... girl power!!!)"
"Female shredder The Great Kat, who actually
began life as a Juilliard Music School
violin prodigy and then discovered heavy
- "IF THERE was a competition for Enigma Of The Year, the
Great Kat would win hands down. A very
passionate and intelligent lady who takes no
prisoners. She simply knows exactly what she
wants and where she is going. Love Kat or
loathe her, you can’t ignore her – she could
well have the last laugh."
- Ray Palmer
- "Guitar virtuoso The Great Kat. Beethoven on Speed was
our favorite album of the night. It's just
fun. Her songs are packed with nice bouncy
thrash riffs, are fast as f**k, and are nice
little spurts of aggression and speed, like
grindcore for shredheads. Her abundant
guitar solos are unsubtle and proceed at
amazing speeds. The whole album says, "Hey,
I went to Juilliard" and shreds along its
lunatic way. The lady has a huge d**k upon
with which she feeds were devoted cult."
- Joseph "Blood Mace" McIntosh and Chris "Demon Scourge"
"The Great Kat is back to rock the world once again. As a follow up to her landmark 'Beethoven On Speed' comes 'Bloody Vivaldi'. Kat is a hot chick from the Big Apple who plays Cyber-speed metal guitar and violin. In a league all her own, Kat leaves speed metal languishing in the dust..."
- "The Great Kat. Worship Me Or Die. Zipping through 100
mph solos, her brand of hyperspeed thrash is
infinitely more accessible that most of her
- "Today, the Scorpion is the choice instrument for The
Great Kat, as she plays her unique blend of
classical music and heavy metal."
- "The Great Kat's Digital Beethoven On Cyberspeed. The
first thing you notice is Kat's
mind-crushing ego. Although, she presents
her over the top attitude in a
tongue-in-cheek fashion, her arrogance is
deserved. As a classical artist, she went on
to tour internationally, performed as a
soloist at Carnegie Hall. She is so far
superior a player, on both violin and
- Brett Ratner
- Gibson Guitars The Amplifier
- "Beethoven's Guitar Shred from The Great Kat - amazing!
Wildly revolutionary Classical guitar
shreds. For the harmonious sounds of Ludwig
van Beethoven - relative to the martial
fighting spirit to hard rock videos that the
metal Sister Katherine Thomas radiates."
- Christopher Doemges
THE METAL PIT NAMES THE GREAT KAT "METAL
MAIDEN OF THE MONTH DECEMBER 2012"
- "THE METAL PIT features this month as Metal Maiden of
the Month the legendary guitar virtuoso THE
GREAT KAT!!! Combining classical music and
guitar shredding she has inspired many
females and males to pick up a guitar."
- Blake Mossey
- "This was a GREAT DVD. Filled with loads of great
SHREDDING!! Great Kat is world's fastest
female guitarist. She played great! I give
the DVD a 5 out of 5!"
- GUITAR TRICKS NAMES THE GREAT KAT "SIX OF
MUSIC'S MOST INFLUENTIAL WOMEN GUITARISTS"
- "Guitar virtuoso The Great Kat is 'girl power' at its
raunchiest. Thrash metal guitarist who's
been dubbed one of the fastest on the
planet. Kat's finger-bleeding speed has to
be heard to be believed. She's mind-boggingly
fast. Here's a short clip of Kat playing
guitar and violin on 'The Flight of the
Bumblebee'. Her first live performance left
the entire audience with mouths agape,
shocked that a woman could play faster than
practically any guy in the world."
- "The Great Kat? Of “Beethoven on Speed”
fame? Using it as a traveling practice amp?
Mission accomplished! I asked to give the
baseline model a whirl."
- Matt Peckham
- "The Great Kat. This Juilliard-trained violin and guitar virtuoso displays the kind of blazing speed that shoots down all the other contenders for the 'guitar god' throne. Bloody Vivaldi features 'The Four Seasons,' played with breathtaking passion and intensity."
- Scott Barker
- "She touts herself as speed metal's fastest female guitarist and the self-proclaimed 'guitar goddess', a.k.a. 'Satan's daughter.' Kat's debut LP was originally entitled Satan Goes To Church, but even a Juilliard graduate and acclaimed concert violinist turned sadomasochistic, blood-dripping guitar demon (who happens to be the great-granddaughter of a Lynchburg, Virginia evangelist) can change her mind: the album's been renamed Worship Me Or Die!"
"No one has
exploited Beethoven to the extent that
Katherine Thomas, known as The Great Kat,
has. She does not just play Beethoven: she
considers herself Beethoven reincarnated. In
a male-dominated field, heavy metal, she is
virtuosic, transgressive, and aggressive."
- "A Shocking Talent. The Great Kat is a larger than life
Juilliard trained classical violinist turned
guitar shredder (extremely fast guitarist in
the heavy metal style). She takes her
knowledge of the great works of Beethoven,
Bach, and Mozart and processes them through
a heavy metal music filter to
'single-handedly resurrect classical music.'
What she does: Kat’s extreme talent and
classical training allows her to create an
outrageous persona that supports both her
professional message and motivation."
- Rachel Weingarten
Guitar Shred from The Great Kat. The Death
Metal hard rock antics of The Great Kat is
not a gimmick. Katherine offers her guitar
to the devil. Above all sits the American
flag - and The Great Kat with her guitar and
instruments of torture. Driven and extreme
are the right words to describe this art.
Extreme Guitar Shred could be an art form."
"Feline Groovy. The Great Kat, a Juilliard
violinist turned speed-metal guitarist,
claws her way through classical music in the
name of art. The Great Kat's genius has been
applauded in many media, even the tabloids."
THE GREAT KAT Named "TOP 5 AMAZING WOMEN YOU
ASPIRE TO BE LIKE" in "INSPIRING
"I admire The Great Kat for her musical
talent and charisma. Kat defies the odds,
with mind-blowing technical skills on guitar
and violin. I frequently wish that more
women will pursue technical skill sets in
music; the world needs more of us who
self-identify as 'Great'."
"THE NAKED AND FAMOUS: STARS WHO CAN'T KEEP
THEIR CLOTHES ON"
"The Great Kat - The Great Kat, whose real
name is Katherine Thomas (sounds a lot more
serene doesn't it?), has built a career on
dressing like a dominatrix. Here she is in
one of her more tame publicity shots,
looking like she's prepared to rip our heads
- "Kat has taken the battle cry of the Valkyries and made
her own follow-ups much more direct: 'War!
Bury them alive! Kill! Kill! Murder the
mothers! Slaughter the bastards!' and
'Punish him! Spit on Him!'"
- Sean Carruthers
- "You need to take your hat off to guitarist Kat. The
classically trained violinist was first a
solo violinist with orchestras, but dropped
everything and decreed that the classical
music, in the traditional mold, was dead.
With these ideas in her head, she has
launched CDs with high velocity versions of
music from Paganini, Bach, Wagner, Mozart
Fernando Souza Filho
Rock Brigade Magazine
- METALHOLIC MAGAZINE NAMES THE GREAT KAT "METALHOLIC'S 15
HOTTEST FEMALE GUITAR SHREDDERS"
- "The art of female shred began with speed demon, The
Great Kat. The Juilliard trained musician
has won numerous accolades as one of the
fastest guitar players in the world. Her
talent is undeniable, and her over-the-top
self-sexploitation has made her the first
name to most casual metal fans lips when
female lead guitarists are mentioned."
- Rustyn Rose
"The Great Kat. The grand goddess of
Classical/Shred. A metal icon: Blood, Beethoven, the absence of
humility, and an undying crusade to SHRED."
"THE GREAT KAT’S 'BEETHOVEN’S GUITAR
SHRED' DVD. This DVD it is mind blowing I
never knew that hearing Beethoven on a
guitar could be so cool. Kat is amazing and
the way she plays the guitar is beyond
brilliant. This lady has some serious
lightening fast fingers and puts an awesome
heavy metal twist on some old music."
- "The Great Kat, who is the world's fastest guitarist and
plays the ultimate shred guitar, is a
musical genius! 'Beethoven Shreds', doing
Beethoven's 5th Symphony at lightning speed.
All of the songs on this CD are played at a
speed that only the most accomplished
musicians could even hope to keep up with.
What The Great Kat does in just a few
moments is breathtaking. The speed at which
she is able to play, while remaining in
control of the music, is both amazing and
perplexing. When you speak of 'doing things
my way,' think of The Great Kat because
that's exactly what she is doing by taking
her gift as a classical violinist and
transforming it into metal shredding of her
violin and guitar in an astoundingly
brilliant way. I highly recommend this CD."
- Charles A. Smith
- "The Great Kat. 'Beethoven Shreds' which includes speed
demon versions of five renowned classical
compositions, lacing these masterpieces with
the fuel and fury of metal. Combining
classical content with thrash ferocity one
of Kat’s signature pieces is Flight of
Bumble Bee performed at over 300bpm. This
storm of speed on both guitar and violin
strings plays bafflingly fast, Kat
effectively crashes together two opposing
musical forces with all the gusto that
shines through in her intimidating
- James Paterson
- "Yeah! Banging my head to that! Let's meet the shredder
behind this and a whole lot of classical
inspired guitar histrionics, including the
new album 'Beethoven Shreds' - THE GREAT
- Phil Hulett
"Beethoven Shreds. The Great Kat is a speed
metal guitarist who has now applied her unique talent to Beethoven.
The huge shreds displayed on this album will not disappoint fans of
the genre. Not only is Kat a great guitarist, she's a classical
violinist to boot. Tracks like Beethoven's Fifth Symphony or Bach's
Brandenburg Concerto show this off to great effect with riffs that
will blow you away. With the amount of talent on show this music can
only be appreciated on a concert stage where it can be enjoyed at
- The Great Kat Honored with a STAR in the "GUITAR HERO
"THE LOUDER THE BETTER - INTERSTELLAR OVERDRIVE.
From rock legends to the Devil - with callouts
to and riffs from today's hottest players-our
highly subjective classification of the
guitar-hero galaxy. THE GREAT KAT."
- David Marchese
"The Great Kat - Beethoven Shreds. She has
the technical chops to outduel any bloodthirsty immortal wielding a
six-string. A flash of her finger calluses must make her must
love-struck fans faint. The highlight of the album, 'Paganini’s Caprice
#24,' offers the most diverse display of skill. She commands each tempo
shift with precision and blistering intensity, burning the strings to
ash on both her violin and guitar. It’s an astounding achievement that
absolutely needs to be shared. The Great Kat takes familiar songs and
beats them with chains, spits acid on them, and injects them with
- "Here's a little musical wake-up call. AH! 'The Flight
Of The Bumble-Bee' the guitar shredding
- Penny Griego
L.A.'s Morning News - News Talk 980
the world of The Great Kat is a truly unique
experience, an adventure that combines just the
right amounts of pleasure and pain."
- -"The Great Kat. 'Extreme Guitar Shred'. Should be
watched rabidly by the fans that worship the Great Kat. Not only does
she rain fiery words of degradation down on her servants, but she also
dispatches her victims with blood slick on her face, fret-burning
fingers, and cleavage. These are moments of pure heavy metal excess
that, for a dedicated fan of the Great Kat, will be their raison d’etre.
This is essential for the fans who say they worship their
"Great modern Beethoven reimaginer — The Great
Kat! The Metal guitarist is one of the fastest
on the planet (ask Guitar World magazine, which
ranked her on their list of the 50 fastest
players ever). Kat is a LVB superfan known for
her takes on the musical genius' greatest
composition. It's pretty much exactly what you
would think a wild-eyed Thrash Metal guitar
shredder playing Classical music would sound
like, but impressive nonetheless."
"Triumph for the Violinist Katherine
Thomas. Katherine Thomas played the violin with a powerful and warm
sound, perfect technique and style and with authentic interpretation of
Noticias del Mundo
"Violinist Katherine Thomas. Prowling the stage more in the style of a
rock star than classical maestro she delighted the audience with a
stunning display of technique and skill."
Swindon (England) Evening Advertiser
"BERNICE PERRY PRESENTS” TV SHOW starred Katherine Thomas, Prodigy
Violin Virtuoso Soloing on "Czardas"!
"Katherine Thomas plays the violin and she's going into Carnegie Hall.
Take it away Katherine. It's a pleasure to listen to you."
Bernice Perry Presents TV Show
Ray Heatherton bestowed the title "The Little Paganini" on Katherine
Thomas (The Great Kat)
The Ray Heatherton Radio Show
"Katherine Thomas, famous English violinist
gave a brilliant recital. She ended the program with Polonaise
Brilliante by Wieniawski and the audience rewarded her with such a
strong ovation, that she was not permitted to leave the stage for
Tribuna de Monterrey (Mexico)
"The program came to a blazing conclusion
with violinist Katherine Thomas' songful playing Kreisler's 'Caprice
Viennoise' followed by the fireworks of the Wieniawski 'Polonaise
Great Neck News Magazine
Thomas. She is considered a magnificent soloist who performs her
interpretations with vibrant precision."
El Norte Newspaper (Monterrey, Mexico)
"Katherine Thomas is an outstanding artist."
- "Magnificent soloist."
Vanguardia (Saltillo, Mexico)
"Distinguished violinist Katherine Thomas, will perform as a soloist
during the Gala Concert offered by La Orquesta Sinfonica de Coahuila,
celebrating in the capital the National Congress Convention. This
concert was agreed upon by the Governor of the State, Professor Oscar
Del Norte (Saltillo, Coahuila Mexico)
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra. Soloist, Katherine Thomas, attacked
the concerto with verve and zeal. Especially during the cadenza, she
exhibited superb technique. Reminiscent of the young Isaac Stern."
- "Katherine Thomas. From the first moment electrified the audience
with her secure musicianship, powerful and warm violin sound,
accomplished technique and stylistic insight."
- Canales Magazine
"The Great Kat shows off unique talents on
Beethoven Shreds. YouTube sensation The Great
Kat has become known for her heavy metal take on
classical music and her shredding skills on the
guitar have captivated audiences across the
world. She has now recorded her unique talents
on disc for Beethoven Shreds, showing listeners
exactly why she is the world's fastest guitar
"Great Kat, a foxy, speed metal-loving
guitar shredder who also happens to be a
Juilliard graduate violin virtuoso with
a penchant for kicking the stuffing out
of classical compositions by giving them
rock treatments. Great Kat has
apparently been amassing fans of her
guitar playing from far and wide. I
especially like her head-snapping run
through Rimsky-Korsakov’s 'The Flight of
the Bumblebee.' Enjoy!"
"THE GREAT KAT, 'BEETHOVEN ON SPEED'.
Thrashing the s**t out of BEETHOVEN,
RIMSKY-KORSAKOFF, CHOPIN, PAGANINI, this
femme fatal guitar nut, blisters the
Masters, in her own inimitable way.
Showing no lack of self confidence, KAT
rips through a varied set of her own
stuff and classical riffs reworked for a
down and dirty world. Give the GREAT KAT
a shot, and watch the sparks fly."
"The Great Kat Shreds The Classics. I
truly love my metal and this chick can
"Martin talks to The Great Kat, a.k.a.
Katherine Thomas, Juilliard graduate,
composer and self-styled multi-media
wizard who claims that she is the
reincarnation of Beethoven. Her CD,
'Beethoven on Speed' and 'The Great
Kat's Digital Beethoven on Cyberspeed CD
ROM' promise to 'take you screaming into
the 21st century.'"
"What a joy is to hear a good violin
recital! The musical feeling, warmth,
technique and tonal beauty of Katherine
Arts Close-Up, Canales
"Get ready for a jolt!"
National Public Radio
"The queen of classical shred violin and
one of the fastest guitar players in the
world, The Great Kat."
Southern Fried Gamer
GUITAR WORLD MAGAZINE'S READERS' POLL
THE GREAT KAT "TOP-10 FASTEST GUITARISTS
OF ALL TIME"
Guitar World Magazine
VIRTUOSOS DE LA GUITARRA NAMES THE GREAT KAT "MOST PROMINENT WOMEN ROCK GUITARISTS"!
"The Great Kat. Her real name is Katherine Thomas and is known to have a very special talent for stringed instruments like the violin and guitar."
Virtuosos De La Guitarra
"Kat is truly one of the fastest and
most over-the-top guitarists in the
history of metal, and that can't be
"No one in heavy metal has exploited
Beethoven to the extent of Katherine
Thomas, known as 'The Great Kat.' She
does not just play Beethoven. If you
believe her, she is Beethoven
reincarnated. Loud, blistering fast
guitar riffs accompanied by screams, and
an aggressive hyper-dominatrix persona.
Her act is not subtle. She is direct and
flamboyant about her intentions. Her
virtuosity is for real. Over-the-top
stage persona. This is a frontal
"Beethoven in America" Book (Indiana
RADIOACTIVE METAL RADIO SHOW AWARDS THE
GREAT KAT "SNOWY'S ANGEL OF THE YEAR" in
"2011 RAMMY AWARDS"
"Frickin awesome. The Great Kat! She put
out a killer album, 'Beethoven Shreds',
this year. The Great Kat is really doing
a lot to advance metal and Classical
Music - the fusion of them. She's my
Snowy's Angel Of The Year."
CLASSICAL RADIO FEATURES THE GREAT KAT
IN "HOW BEETHOVEN BECAME AN AMERICAN
ICON"! "Ludwig Through the Lens of
Filmmakers, Activists, Rockers and
Rappers. The Great Kat riffs on
WQXR Classical Radio
The Great Kat blazes her way through
The Flight of the Bumblebee,
the famous opening of Beethoven’s
If you like your classical music fast,
furious and with a speed metal twist,
The Scene Newspaper
GUITAR WORLD MAGAZINE READER'S POLL
FRANKFURTER RUNDSCHAU NEWSPAPER NAMES
THE GREAT KAT'S "WAGNER'S WAR" CD "THE
BEST RECORDS 2011"!
"The best music of 2011: The Great Kat:
Wagner’s War, Tpr Music/Cargo"
Frankfurter Rundschau Newspaper
"Hard-hitting sucker punch of shredded
classical mayhem. 'Wagner’s War' is
definitely a work of art provided by the
hands, and twisted minds, of The Great
Kat. Another must have for the everyday
Paper Dragon Ink
intense release follows guitarist The
Great Kat as she shreds through some of
the fastest and most challenging pieces,
like 'Flight of the Bumble Bee', 'Paganini's
Caprice 24', 'Beethoven's 5th Symphony',
'Bach's Brandenburg Concerto 3', and
"ROLL OVER, BEETHOVEN...and let Kat tell
ya the news.
The Great Kat. On 'Beethoven On Speed'
she melds metal and classical so
skillfully that if Beethoven were alive
today he'd have been a head-banging
New York Post
"The Great Kat named one of the fastest
guitar players. Probably the fastest
female shredder on the face of the
earth. 'Flight Of The Bumble-Bee' at 300
Beats Per Minute. It does not get any
faster than that. This ('Beethoven's
Guitar Shred' DVD) makes a great
stocking stuffer. The Great Kat
'Beethoven's Guitar Shred'."
the album has a lot of high points and
Kat certainly shows plenty of ability on
the fretboard and shows her virtuosity
with a frenzied violin solo on ‘Demons’.
Best cuts (musically) are probably the
anthemic ‘Metal Messiah’ and the
out’n’out thrash of ‘Satan Says’. The
strong riffing ‘Ashes To Dust’ is also
worth a mention and so too is the
excellent production. If you like thrash
with commercial appeal then Worship Me
Or Die! is worth investigation."
Metal Forces Magazine
"Wagner's War" CD Named "THE BEST
Berliner Zeitung Newspaper (Germany)
"WRITER'S CHOICE AWARD" FROM PAPER DRAGON INK
GOES TO THE GREAT KAT'S "ROSSINI'S RAPE" CD
Paper Dragon Ink
"BEETHOVEN SHREDS. If you like your
classical music at locomotive speed and
Jimi Hendrix styled sonic guitar, then
take a listen to Juilliard rebel The
Great Kat zip through The Flight of the
Bumble Bee, Bach's Brandenburg Concerto
#3 and Paganini's Caprice #24. It's
worth considering using this music as
cool entre into the world of classical
music for unsuspecting youths. Fast she
is, wild she is---catch your breath and
spin a listen."
Eye on Dance and the Arts
"She does not skimp on technique and
shouts to challenge the speed on the
guitar, she is The Great Kat, who
reinvents the great scores. She executes
pieces like 'The Fifth Symphony' or
Bach's 'Brandenburg Concerto' at the
maximum speed on guitar and violin, with
a crushing and powerful technique."
GUITAR WORLD MAGAZINE NAMES THE GREAT
KAT "50 FASTEST GUITARISTS OF ALL
"THE GREAT KAT SIGNATURE SONG 'The
Flight of the Bumble Bee'.
Juilliard-trained virtuoso. Heavy
leather dominatrix persona so over the
Guitar World Magazine
Goddess! The very COOL rock goddess, The
Great Kat. That was 'Flight of the
Bumble-Bee'. We're talking speeds of up
to 300 Beats a minute here. INSANE
guitar shred speed. That is just totally
insane. Get your copy of 'Beethoven
The Bailey Broadcast Radio Show, 92.7 FM
"The Great Kat's 'Beethoven Shreds.' If
The Great Kat
before, you know what to
expect - classical music performed in a
metal style at blinding speeds. What
really struck me was the CD cover - it's
about the most bizarre I've seen in a
"the great Kat. Worship
Me or Die! It rips. You
will buy this album. You
will like it, because it
shreds. You will join
the Kat Slave Club. The
great Kat has spoken. By
the way, somebody pry me
off this ceiling fan,
- "She's loud, obnoxious, opinionated, very talented and
she can keep you entertained for an entire
afternoon. She invented a musical style she now
calls Hyperspeed Metal. Here she is...the great
Rock Beat Magazine
- "Kat has left the concert podium and entered the
thrashatorium, plying her skills with violin and guitar in service
of bone-crushing speed-crazed brain-warped sex-driven blood-lusting
forged and tempered METAL THRASH!"
Hard Rock Magazine
- "Mad-cap classically-trained violinist The Great Kat has
become an overnight hit in clubs with Beethoven On Speed, a mix of
classical violin and heavy metal."
Daily Star Newspaper
"Kat is a
violinist who traded in
the sedate world of
classical performance to
play the guitar just shy
of the speed needed to
go back in time.
Kat forces these
melodies through a black
hole and back out again
through in a white-hot
stream of incredibly
fine sound particles
that ascend and descend
so quickly and
accurately that one
could debate whether the
interpretations are a
performance or a weapon.
For those who have thus
far enjoyed the carnival
ride of Beethoven Shreds
should have no problem
putting Kat's statue
alongside the greats."
Jef With One F
"Great Kat. Incredible talent, one of the best female guitar player. This blonde has managed something that no one before her could do: combine speed metal with classical music. This creates 'Beethoven on speed.' Charming and adorable, and controversial and scandalous. She is known for her eccentricity and personality."
"The guitar goddess, a graduate of the prestigious Juilliard School as a violin virtuoso, considered by Guitar One magazine in the top 10 shred guitarists of all time. Kat unleashes high-speed guitar and violin madness in her latest album. Extraordinary guitarist."
La Pua (Mexico)
"Great Kat, 'Beethoven Shreds' (TPR): The fleet-fingered British guitarist takes on a variety of classical pieces, including Beethoven’s Fifth symphony, a couple of Bach pieces and 'The Flight of the Bumble-Bee.'"
The Oakland Press
RADIOACTIVE METAL RADIO
SHOW INDUCTS THE GREAT
KAT INTO "SNOWY'S ANGELS
HALL OF FAME"!
"The Great Kat. Great
guitar player and great
Shreds'. It's just
incredible. So many
notes every second. It's
crazy! Great Kat takes
it to another level of
speed. She is shredding
the whole time.
#24'. She just shreds on
that one, too. Intense
guitar shredding. It's
so awesome. The Great
Kat is now in the
'Snowy's Angels Hall Of
Fame'. We're honored to
induct axe virtuoso THE
"Let's Shred the
Shreds', with The Great
Kat's amazing speed she
will blow your mind and
amaze you with how short
the tracks of classical
music become when
someone can play so
amazingly fast. Her
rendition of 'The Flight
of the Bumble-Bee' will
simply blow your mind
and will have you
replaying it over and
Great Kat is like the
female version of
except she looks tastier
and she can shred.
Guitar One magazine
actually did list her as
one of the Top 10
Fastest Shredders of All
No Clean Singing
"The Great Kat presents
'Beethoven Shreds'. This
is definitely my
favorite classical speed
metal record of the
is fast, technical and
devilish when she plays
and it connects very
well to classical music.
Great Kat almost makes
sparks out of her
fingers. The Beethoven's
Guitar Shred DVD is her
newest product, which
tracks. For those who
like speed, she bangs!"
Henrique Inglez de Souza
Guitar Player Magazine
GUITAR PLAYER MAGAZINE'S "GUTS & GLITTER"
NAMES THE GREAT KAT "20 EXTRAORDINARY FEMALE GUITARISTS"!
"THE GREAT KAT'S FEROCIOUS PASSION is
unleashed in the service of a divine mission: zapping her ultra-virtuosic,
22nd-century shred classical concept into the synapses of what she calls the
'moron masses.' To accomplish this, the Juilliard-trained violinist and guitar
shredder transforms classical masterworks into speed-metal songs, rages like a
demented dominatrix, spews blood, bears arms, exposes her goodies, and indulges
in both mental and dramatic castrations."
Guitar Player Magazine's "Guts & Glitter"
Great Kat, an American shredder. A
sonic assault from the guitar
goddess." "Oh, Jesus, Lord almighty!
This woman scared the living hell
out of me."
Thrasher and Brandon Williams
- FULLTONO MUSICA NAMES THE GREAT
KAT "THE 50 BEST AND FASTEST
GUITARISTS IN THE WORLD"!
NAMES THE GREAT KAT'S "BLOODY
VIVALDI" CD #6 IN "THE BLOODIEST
ALBUM COVERS OF ALL TIME"!
"#6 Bloody Vivaldi.
The Great Kat is probably the most
respected female metal guitarist in the world, with her lightning-fast shredding
winning fans wherever she goes. Most of her work is metal reinterpretations of
classical pieces, and on the cover of the 1998 EP Bloody Vivaldi, she decided to
take the title literally and get drenched in buckets of gore. I approve!"
K. Thor Jensen
"That upper tier of female metal
artists is incomplete without The
Great Kat. Holy face-melting
shredding! The Great Kat is the
first ever celebrity to make an
appearance on Scary Terry's Saturday
"The Great Kat - world's fastest guitar player. The Great Kat is known worldwide as an excellent guitar technician neoclassical / speed metal genre, but also for her high eccentricity."
and Marko Jovanovic
MUSICOUCH NAMES THE GREAT KAT "TOP
15 FEMALE ROCK GUITAR PLAYERS"!
"The Great Kat has
earned a completely
justified reputation as
one of the world's
fastest rock guitarists
- her 'shredding' has to
be heard to be
PRESS NAMES THE GREAT KAT'S "BLOODY
VIVALDI" CD "OUR 14 FAVORITE BLOODY
"The Great Kat rises
again as Beethoven gets
the guitar shred
treatment on DVD.
If you like heavy metal,
distorted guitars and
wild ladies in bondage
gear, we have just about
the perfect DVD for you
- The Great Kat's
Shred. Kat's 'shredding'
style is based on her
education, now put to
use mangling the greats
of classical music into
a nerve-jarring aural
electric noise. It is
something you'll want to
watch over and over
again, as much for Kat's
dominatrix stage persona
as for her blistering
The Great Kat. One fireball force of nature.
Super formidable shredder. High speed
Neo-Classical shred and actual Classical
WEB VIDEO GEM: THE
MYSTERIOUS 'GREAT KAT'"!
"That’s The Great Kat. A
Juilliard alum turned
thrash metal guitarist
with a flair for
music. A sampling of
some of her album titles
should give you an idea
of what we’re working
with: Digital Beethoven
on Cyberspeed, Bloody
Vivaldi, Worship Me or
"The Great Kat releases
another blistering sonic
assault on your
eardrums. Do you like
really fast metal? Do
you enjoy some
Beethoven? Well put them
in a turbo blender and
you get The Great Kat
'Beethoven Shreds'. This
CD smashes you in the
face right when you
press play. The Great
Kat puts down a
blistering pace and
never lets up. It's
classical music set to
11, super fast and
extremely brutal. If you
like fast ass guitar /
classical metal that
wears your skin like Ed
Gein pick this up."
The Dstroyr Blog
MUSICOUCH NAMES THE
GREAT KAT "TOP 100 SHRED
"Beethoven Shreds is a
high-octane wild ride of
a musical performance by
The Great Kat, who may
well be the fastest
guitarist in the world
(unless someone can step
forth and challenge her
title)! The Great Kat
magnificent shreds of
Beethoven's classics on
both the violin and the
electric guitar (often
with orchestra & band)
in this exciting
all generations of music
lovers to experience
Beethoven in a whole new
James A. Cox
The Midwest Book
Great Kat - Beethoven
Shreds. Besides the
respect for the
unbelievable skills that
one needs to pull this
kind of thing off, I
have to admit that I
like what I hear. I
think it's kind of
refreshing and very
funny to hear these
classical melodies being
performed in a more
contemporary way. Over
the top? You bet.
'Beethoven Shreds' shows
a nice equilibrium
between skill, an
adventurous approach and
humour. And I like
"Juilliard trained classical musician and face meltingly fast shred guitarist, The Great Kat, has a world wide release date for her album Beethoven Shreds. She takes classical music, pops the clutch and squeals the tires out of the gate, as she is one of the world's fastest shred guitarists. The really beauty of her music is her classical training really gives the songs a serious sense of refinement and production value."
"The Great Kat Beethoven
Shreds. All of her
greatness is defined in
this one neat package.
Her interpretations will
'wow' anyone that hears
them. The speed and
ferocity that she
displays is by far
superior to any other
I've ever heard. If you
do not own other Great
Kat albums go get this
one! Mind blowing,
guitar fueled experience
that you will want to
replay numerous times
Great Kat handles
effortlessly, with razor
sharp focus and plays
her violin and guitars,
incredibly faster than
Beethoven would have had
ever ventured to dream.
She is an inspiration to
us all. THE GREAT KAT
THE FASTEST SHRED GUITAR
Peter Kemp's Theatre
"The woman that I now
believe is a dark
superhero sent by the
ghosts of composers past
in order to make darn
sure nobody forgets who
they are, by any means
necessary, the one, the
only, THE GREAT KAT!!!!"
'Evil' Ian Miller
"The Great Kat is a classically trained Violinist. She demands God-like admiration. Classical pieces in breath-taking speeds of high-fidelity. WORSHIP ME OR DIE! is a absolute must hear for Speed Metal fans."
LA RELIGION DEL ROCK PESADO NAMES "BEETHOVEN ON SPEED" CD "10 ESSENTIAL TRASH METAL ALBUMS"!
"THE GREAT KAT - Beethoven on Speed. Great Kat alone has added the virtuosity of Marty Friedman, the perfectionism and complexity of Yngwie. Beethoven On Speed, a real clinic that would make the most dexterous on the six strings hesitate. It is metal, thrash and neo-classical shred, devastating scholarly - perfect fusion of two apparently opposite musical forms, but that without a doubt can converge at the moment of extreme complexity."
- "The Great Kat. The High Priestess of Guitar Shred. She can play 'Flight of the Bumblebee' at 300 beats per minute! Wagner’s War, a no-holds-barred response to September 11, includes a cover of that tender Nazi classic 'Flight of the Valkyries.' Her followers (the 'Kat slaves') think she’s just the soldier America needs. Ranked among 'The Ten Fastest Shredders of All Time.' Totally spoiling her crazy-lady rep: She studied classical violin at Juilliard."
- Melissa Maerz
New York Magazine
"Heavy Metal Beethoven.
Ya gotta see (and hear)
this one to believe it.
It's a guitar shred. A
really really fast
Beethoven's Guitar Shred
is a DVD featuring The
Great Kat, a classical
violin wunderkind turned
metal guitar shred
virtuoso. Like I said,
watch and listen for
About.com: Classic Rock
"The Great Kat 'Beethoven's Guitar Shred' is the perfect
gift to impress any rocker on your list. The Great Kat is a
Juilliard trained violinist turned shredder. And she is
fast. She takes Beethoven's music to all new rock -n-roll
heights. She is cool and your rocker would love to get this
DVD for the Holidays. This is a DVD that is going to impress
the rocker in your life this Holiday season."
"To play faster is impossible. Great Kat is the
fastest woman in the world of metal. Guitarist who reinvents
Beethoven with great speed. Beethoven's Guitar Shred, a DVD which
puts her virtuosity to the service of these musical geniuses, makes
your hair stand on end. Her CDs are gems of virtuosity and ahead of
time, always premised on speed. The guitarist makes the music flow
and electrifies the senses, and she reminds us how great were those
who contributed these notes to the history of music, and as with the
metal, she knows how to combine them perfectly."
"She doesn't play, but incinerates,
classical music -- and is faster than Yngwie Malmsteen. The Great
Kat - a Juilliard graduate, takes guitar playing, classical music,
and performance wow-ness to a whole new level."
Melanie "Sass" Falina
"One is surprised to discover
that there exists a human that fast, which is a furious woman. She
is called The Great Kat, always dressed like a dominatrix and
covered in blood of her enemies. Costumed in this way, there is a
madness that borders on genius. The Great Kat has decided to convert
the immortal themes of Paganini, Vivaldi, Beethoven and Wagner,
which she calls 'shred/classical', where the scores are a hail of
Carmilla On Line
"The queen of speed, the champion of all
things shred and the uncontested ruler of humanity, a goddess who
can play at speeds of 300bpm. The sheer ferocious power of The Great
Kat’s new Beethoven's Guitar Shred DVD has burned all feeble human
minds to a cinder in the wake of Kat’s invincible/truthful shred
onslaught. This new bible for humanity has quickly left Kat as the
dominant force on the planet Earth."
Morgan Y. Evans
"She is a violin virtuoso, and Juilliard
graduate. She is The Great Kat, one of the fastest, face melting
guitarists of all time. Wagner’s 'The Ride of the Valkyries' an
instantly familiar song to anyone who hears the famous melody. The
production value astounded me. There about a million different
things going on at mind boggling speeds. It was amazing how good it
sounded. It is not just your average shred guitar, there is a full
orchestra of sounds backing her, and when she pulls out the violin
it is amazing. Musically the album is great. An all around winner."
Southern Fried Gamer
"The Great Kat. She is the
Juilliard-trained guitar shredder goddess of great note and can play
'The Flight of the Bumblebee' at 300 beats per minute. I was charged
by her 'Bloody Vivaldi' release with 'The Four Seasons' for violin,
chamber orchestra and band. She’s all over it and it’s fast, amazing
and memorable. Sarasate's 'Carmen Fantasy' is another classic twist.
Pictured in a black bikini and chains on the back, The Great Kat’s
long, golden hair is as wild as her playing is meticulous. Kat is
still shocking. She’s already tackled 'Beethoven's Guitar
Shred' and other familiar artists."
The Port Arthur News
New York City's distinguished Juilliard school
offers a well regarded music program. The music
program at Juilliard features alumni such as
'The Great Kat' Katherine Thomas."
"The Great Kat is an English virtuoso violinist
and metal guitarist who breaks down all
classical artists like Beethoven, Paganini,
Vivaldi, Mozart, Bach. She plays her pieces at
the speed of light. She is quite a character,
genius and figure, but her ample classical
training allows her to reach extreme speeds that
few are able to reach."
NAMES THE GREAT KAT "12 SEXY GUITARISTS OF
"The Great Kat Shred Guitar Virtuoso is the only musician taking
note-for-note authentic Classical Music scores. She is fast,
technical and devilish."
EN 440 NAMES THE GREAT KAT "TOP 5
"The Great Kat. She is among the 10
fastest guitarists in the world. She has a technique worthy of
admiration due to her high accuracy and degree of perfectionism."
ELAPHAR NAMES THE GREAT KAT "TOP 20 GREATEST GUITARISTS"!
Great Kat is one of the best guitarists in the world, and she is
trained as a classical violinist."
Kat: The world's fastest guitarist, a cross between the attitude of
Wendy O. Williams, the power of Kerry King and the precision of
Beethoven. Incomparable virtuosity and sensuality. The one true
queen of metal and classical music ... Hail Kat!!!!"
Zamir Resk Facco
La Religion del Rock Pesado
"The Great Kat has been relentless in her quest to merge
classical music standards with thrash, resulting in some of the
fastest guitar work ever heard in the genre. 'Wagner's War' feature
Kat's impossible guitar technique as well as escapades on violin. It
is sheer brutality."
"The music of the Great Kat is such an unique, inevitable
and astounding accomplishment. The Great Kat is a female, heavy
metal shredder of unquestionably advanced technical proficiency and
speed on her instruments. Her technique is impeccable, her skills
and fluidity ARE astounding. She is quite staggering to watch and
has technique to spare. She really is one of the best guitarists out
there, bar none."
Perfect Sound Forever
"The Great Kat, guitar
virtuoso and shredding queen. She graduated from Juilliard after
studying the violin but then turned her attention to the guitar,
turning classical pieces into insane speed metal. A rad chick with
an incredible talent."
Blonde Metal Blog
"The high priestess of shred/classical
is to metal what Beethoven is to classical music. The Great Kat
shows that the extreme guitar can marry well with the classical
greats such as Beethoven, Rossini, Wagner."
"Great Kat strikes again. Beethoven's Guitar Shred
contains classical music from Beethoven, Paganini and Bach revised
in very, very fast heavy metal music and also the known Korsakov's
'Flight of the Bumblebee', played in 300 bpm! Great Kat is a great
instrument player. She easily shreds the guitar and the violin
playing with devilish quickness and surely deserves the honors she's
got from magazines from the US."
Burn Out Magazine (Greece)
"The Great Kat hardcore metal musician with some serious
shred, I’m talkin bloody fingers fast dudes. She takes classic tunes
and mixes it up with some metal and produces one unique, fast-paced
sound. There’s nothing like seeing a woman spread wide with a guitar
between her legs. If you’re a fan of heavy metal then definitely
take The Great Kat’s Beethoven’s Guitar Shred for a spin; it’s a
unique spin on classic hits that’s sure to please. It’s been Valkor
tested and TOV Approved."
The Other View
Great Kat, the virtuoso
violinist and guitarist
of metal who shreds all
classical artists such
as Beethoven, Paganini,
Vivaldi, Mozart, Bach.
She plays their parts at
the speed of light. She
is quite a character,
genius and figure, but
her extensive classical
training allows her to
reach extreme speeds
that few are able to
Jordi Zelig Tarrega
SHRED. THIS DVD IS JUST
OUTRAGEOUS, IF YOU'RE A
GUITAR PLAYER OR JUST
LOVE MUSIC YOU HAVE TO
SEE THIS DVD TO BELIEVE.
IT'S THE GREAT KAT"
"The Great Kat: Guitar
Heroine, Speed Metal
graduate, and one of the
guitarists. Besides her
insanely quick playing,
her trademark is that
she loves to play
classic pieces on her
guitar. She’s also quite
RIZMUM BLOG NAMES THE
GREAT KAT "GUITARIST OF
"Guitarist of the Month.
April is the month for
The Great Kat. She is a
revolutionary and a
musician best known for
her thrash metal
well-known pieces of
THE GREAT KAT "10
FASTEST GUITARIST" ON
BLOGGER ON BING
GREAT KAT [Woman].
The Great Kat is the
stage name of Katherine
Thomas is known for the
music thrash metal with
some classical music.
Mostly played with
electric guitar, but
sometimes plays the
violin. In fact Thomas
is a violin instructor,
a graduate of the
Juilliard School and had
a tour to play
music before finally
crossing into metal."
"Think that you are the fastest
Guitarist ever? Well, your not. But the Great Kat is."
Southern Fried Gamer
MEU INSTRUMENTO NAMES THE GREAT KAT "TOP 10 FEMALE GUITARISTS"
"Katherine Thomas (The Great Kat)"
"Blending the showmanship of metal with the intensive
musical construction of classical, Kat has carved out a
name for herself in musical history by shredding some of
the greatest musical works of our time."
AOL's Digital City
"AX FACTS & STATS" BOOK
FEATURES THE GREAT KAT INTERVIEW!
"My Favorite KAT solo is:
EVERY GREAT KAT GUITAR/VIOLIN SOLO IS BRILLIANT AND EAR-SPLITTING
- "My mission in life: THE
GREAT KAT'S MISSION IN LIFE IS TO UPDATE CLASSICAL MUSIC USING SHRED
METAL and BRING CLASSICAL INTO THE NEW MILLENNIUM."
"The Great Kat is a
female metal guitar virtuoso, heavily influenced by
classical music. The Great Kat demonstrates the extremes
to which metal performers go to accentuate their
virtuosity on various instruments."
William Phillips and
Encyclopedia of Heavy Metal Music
"All three acts of this cycle ('War,' 'Revenge,' and 'Victory') are delivered at a breakneck pace. It's not your typical metal, but then again, the Great Kat isn't your typical metal star."
"Running through four pieces in a scant six and a half minutes, Rossini's Rape leads off with a version of the titular composer's William Tell Overture, arranged for a combination of speed metal band and orchestra. Slayer meets Yngwie Malmsteen, except fronted by a shrieking female violinist, which actually adds a new dimension to the sinister feel of the music. The Great Kat is without a doubt an amazingly accomplished musician."
"The queen of speed. The Great Kat plays shred covers of classical composers like Beethoven and Wagner. One of the fastest guitarists of all, her persona knows no limits."
"Beethoven's Guitar Shred, featuring The Great Kat, is one hell of a
way to infuse both the love of metal and classical music into one
gift. With performances of classical pieces like "Flight of the
Bumblebee" amped up to 300bpm and face-melting solo work, this is a
great fun gift that will have you watching her fingers in awe."
Rene Rosa aka Evil Adam
- "The Great Kat's take on classical music, which is what she's
really known for, I think my favorite video would have to be
'Beethoven's Fifth Symphony,' which is simply brutal. 'Hot Shred
Bits 2,' that flash by to the tune of some seriously fast shred
guitar. I know The Great Kat will never disappoint me...and I can't
think of any other artist that I can say that about. So, if you ask
me if this release is worth checking out...my response would be,
'You're damn right it is!'"
"A lightning-quick rendition of Rossini's 'The Barber of Seville'. With visual fare as strong a selling point as her aural treats, it is no wonder that there is a video for 'Dominatrix.' Kat batters her submissive ones and bats out the double-quick fretwork. Guitar Goddess features the lusty lady of the leapin' licks among big crosses, dungeon settings, whips and chains."
"The Great Kat one of the fastest guitar players in the galaxy releases new CD. Wagner's War. It's pretty insane and her abilities are proven on this disc. She just shreds. Over the top speed runs, and a violin. She is a classically trained musician and throws down on the violin for some extra ripping."
"The Great Kat dazzles with her virtuosic high-voltage guitar technique (and penchant for heavy metal/goth) on her Beethoven's Guitar Shred DVD. Wildly entertaining."
"Wow! Very rarely does a DVD come along that inspires the old
'You'll have to see it to believe it!' But such is the case with The
Great Kat's Beethoven's Guitar Shred, an amazing display of speedy
guitar wizardry. Kat slices and dices the Paganini composition with
precision on guitar but she also plays a violin part that makes
Charlie Daniels' fiddle-off with the devil on 'The Devil Went Down
to Georgia' look like a molasses-dripping contest."
"The Great Kat is a Juilliard-trained violin virtuoso who
demonstrates the complementary aspects of classical and metal
through her over-the-top, dominatrix persona, her self-styled
'shred/classical' genre and her instructional DVDs. With the rarity
of her gift and the minority of her gender in this genre, she's been
tearing up her fretboard and blistering her fingers for plenty of
years. Those who don't hop on the Great Kat express are bound to get
AOL Music Noisecreep
The Great Kat: "12 GREATEST FEMALE ELECTRIC GUITARISTS"
"Of all the shredders on our list, Juilliard-trained
violinist the Great Kat (aka Katherine Thomas) is the most
mind-bogglingly fast. Watch her fingers do the talking in the
Beethoven Mush video here. (Or just imagine the composer’s
electrical symphony on amphetamines.)"
"An incredibly talented musician. My fingers
hurt just listening to that ("The Flight Of The Bumble-Bee"), which is
remarkable. The speed with which her fingers are moving to do that--it's
"The guitarist Katherine Thomas aka
The Great Kat is ranked among the fastest metal shredders of
Spiegel Online (Germany)
"Kat has secured her position
as the only classically-trained violinist-turned
scantily-clad demonic guitar dominatrix and ambassador of
the fine musical arts! Wow. It's difficult not to be bowled
over by The Great Kat when she pretty much leaves you no
alternative! Centering in on the universal male love of
blood, cleavage and wickedly fast/intricate guitar displays.
BEETHOVEN'S GUITAR SHRED, an ultra high-energy paen to
Ludwig Van, J.S. Bach, Rimsky-Kosakov, that devilish
Paganini, and of course, The Great Kat herself."
"Beethoven’s Guitar Shred is a collection of Kat’s videos showing
her playing various classical pieces, Speed Metal style. If The
Flash played guitar, this is what it would look like. Several
magazines proclaim her one of the world’s fastest guitarists, and I
believe it. It’s astonishing to watch. The music is recognizable to
anyone who knows the classical pieces. Flight of the Bumble Bee
would be great for any arcade game with a frantic pace. She’s also
such an extreme personality that I could see The Great Kat herself
in a videogame."
"The Great Kat should be feared because her hyper-blasting,
neo-classical, whirlwind guitar playing is so precise and intense.
This woman really is a better guitarist than most men ever were.
Beethoven’s Guitar Shred DVD is a portable clinic of seemingly
inhuman guitar antics. Dominating torture, blood, fire,
anti-terrorist sentiments – all wrapped in an oddly tasteful,
hyper-classical visual feast."
Heavy Metal Examiner
"Move over, Jamie Foxx. The Soloist's insanely genius Juilliard
apprentice is up against some formidable competition, and she's
female. The Great Kat is basically showing the male competition how
it's done, better and faster. Her raging, fast forward in real
time Beethoven's Guitar Shred is like nothing that has come before.
A mix 'n match medley of Beethoven, Bach, Abu Ghraib and Islamic
insurgency. A classical/metal lovers everywhere wakeup call,
these mini-musicals for guitar, violin and machete could very well
blow your mind."
- "She possesses a prodigious talent, a virtuosic precision that
allows her to play classical transcriptions on her guitar at upwards
of 300 beats per minute. The Great Kat is one of those outsize
performing personas as well as a masterful musician."
"On the new DVD 'Beethoven's Guitar Shred', The Great Kat (a.k.a.
Katherine Thomas) buzzes through 'Flight of the Bumblebee' at a
mind-numbing 300 beats per minute. The classically trained musician
claims to be one of planet's fastest guitar players, and who can
Great Kat Priestess of the Guitar Shred and Beethoven. Great Kat,
claimed to actually be a contemporary Ludwig van Beethoven, can
perform some insanely crazy feats, including performing many of
Beethoven's works at ridiculously mind-numbing speeds. Great Kat and
Beethoven demonstrated incredible music accomplishments. (Great Kat
actually holds a degree from Juilliard)."
"Beethoven’s music performed by The Great Kat, a Juilliard-trained
musician and one of the fastest 'shredders' of all time. Beethoven’s
Fifth that is played with absurd velocity on an electric guitar.
Beethoven can never have found himself in odder company than that of
The Great Kat, and I amused myself thinking what he would have made
of it all. I like to imagine one of his furious temper tantrums. But
Mozart, a more ribald soul, would surely have found it hilarious."
"This dvd is made for guitar
enthusiasts who believe speed is everything. They will love
this dvd. For speed freaks."
DVD Corner's Blog
"Her guitar performance is beyond energetic, transcending to the
level of mania, as she shreds a ferocious medley of Beethoven, Bach,
and raw fervor. A raucous blend of classical music, heavy metal, and
stinging social commentary. Beethoven's Guitar Shred is truly
unforgettable, and especially recommended for metal fans."
James A. Cox
"Metal Messiah by The
Great Kat. You can see some of her classical music
background (some of the shredding sounds like the opening to
Wagner's Ride of the Valkyries) but at the same time the
song is totally metal and has a good beat."
violinist the Great Kat has been called 'The High Priestess
Of Shred' and is one of the most mind-bogglingly fast
guitarists you’ve ever seen. She is best known for her
thrash metal interpretations of well-known classical
"The Great Kat has launched her new DVD in which the extraordinary
guitarist includes classic works by the deaf genius (Beethoven),
Bach and Paganini. Katherine Thomas broke speed records by playing
the famous piece "The Flight of the bumblebee" at a dizzying 300
beats per minute. A fierce guitarist specializing in heavy metal
versions of the classics."
"Kat is a classically trained
violinist graduated from Juilliard. But what do you do when you're a
hot (technically and physically) virtuoso? Her answer was to apply
her substantial violin technique to the electric guitar. And the
results are amazing."
"A shredder out of New York who puts a thrash
metal spin on classical pieces..... HEAVY
RIFFAGE! The Great KAT is a virtuoso in the
field of ear-bleeding, thrash, shred-metal
versions of classical pieces."
"Today one of the best
('shredding') is The Great Kat. Kat really is original and inventive
and like nothing that has come before. One might compare her to
Chuck N. Baker
"The Great Kat is a leather-clad dominatrix who plays lightning-fast
metal versions of the classics. This is sex meets shred as Kat rips
through The Flight Of The Bumble Bee on electric guitar at 300 beats
Great Kat - Hungarian Rhapsody #2 ** One of the
Greatest Songs of All Time"
"To the beat of
Beethoven at Full Speed. The extraordinary guitarist in this work
shows a strong and terrifying personality. A DVD for heavy people, a
strange mixture of rock, classical music, hemoglobin, some sex and
- "The Great Kat, who you may know as one of the fastest, fiercest
heavy metal guitar shredders in the universe. I popped it in, and
was delighted to find some of the greatest heavy metal videos ever
made. This lady is hard core. She plays Beethoven's symphonies the
way he always intended: incredibly fast and covered in blood."
"It is my honor
to say that her music videos are even more
warped and gory than they were when I first
started listening to her music! She’s known for
awesome guitar shredding, playing classical
songs at fast speeds, screaming, and being
saw such a guitar play before and I think I will
never see it again. Incredible technique! The
Great Kat managed to play guitar at the highest
speed possible. And she is precise like a clock
(I mean an atom-clock here). One of the best
guitar plays on this globe. Her technique is
incredible and cannot be copied by most of the
guitarist out there. Every guitar hero fan can
enjoy watching this. One of the best guitarist
on this planet."
"Get The Great Kat's Beethoven's Guitar Shred DVD, a hot girl doing
metal to classical."
"Breath-taking rendition of 'Flight of the Bumblebee' which topped
out at near 400 bpm. Insane fast that is... Also, she's insane,
megalomaniacal, great big hair, and has a killer body."
"Ultra-Speed Metal of incredible dexterity. She lays her hands with
incredible ready fingers and flying speed on the works of great
masters. Beethoven's 5th Symphony, Bach's Third Brandenburg
Concerto, and of course the famous Flight of the Bumblebee by
Rimsky-Korsakov shredded at full speed. This is technically
- "Blood + Beethoven + metal = Great Kat. Uber-fast metal guitar
wiz. She performed Beethoven tunes at top volume covered in blood
and shrouded in flames."
- Chris Riemenschneider
MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW'S 5 STARS REVIEW OF "BEETHOVEN'S GUITAR SHRED"
DVD ON AMAZON.COM
recommended for metal fans."
"'Beethoven's Guitar Shred', a DVD featuring Kat's way over the top
imagery and absolutely mindblowing guitar playing. Kat's technique
through out the DVD has to be seen and heard to be believed; one can
practically smell the fretboard frying."
"More female chauvinist than
feminist, Kat is best described as a 21st century Janis Joplin who
breaks out of the conventionally assigned gender role limitations of
acceptable female behavior, creatively and otherwise, to give the
historically male dominated music scene a woman's energy and edge."
"Raw, balls-in-your face of both metal
and virtuosity that the Great Kat was able to deliver. The all-time reigning messiah."
"Thrill again to the electrifying playing of The Great Kat in
Beethoven's Guitar Shred."
"One of the best guitarists in terms of command
of the guitar, Katherine Thomas better known as 'The Great Kat'.
Undoubtedly, a girl with a big ego but extremely talented."
Susana Garcia de Alonzo
"Beethoven's Guitar Shred DVD is really awesome. So if you're a fan
of blood and crazy guitar work, you just might want to grab this
"'Beethoven's Fifth' and 'Paganini's Caprice #24' get a boost of
amphetamines, going by in a blur of notes that's over nearly as soon
as it starts. Shredder acrobatics and shocking stage show. The Great
Kat's place as one of the top 10 fastest guitar-shredders in the
world is definitely secure! I can highly recommend these to all fans
of hers. Hear some classics played at speeds you can scarcely
imagine while have your senses shaken in every conceivable way."
Nolan B. Canova
"She can shred like a monster goddess. Her music of choice is
Beethoven, Rossini, and Wagner. Think you've heard Flight of the
Bumble Bee? Try it from a long haired, leather clad dominatrix with
"Beethoven's Guitar Shred" DVD Rates
10 OUT OF 10
- "The Great Kat plays at
lightening speed that it’s impossible to see her fingers moving up
and down the fret. Layers upon layers of intricate fast guitar
playing that will make grown men and women sell their guitars. The
Great Kat is a musical enigma bringing together what some might
consider God’s soundtrack and the Devil’s music in a raging war.
- Jim Ody
"The Great Kat is famous for her
thrash metal interpretations of well known pieces of classical
music. Although she is an accomplished violinist, this concentrates
on her virtuoso use of the electric guitar. Kat gets through a
number of well known pieces at breakneck speed."
"The Great Kat’s guitar playing is ridiculously fast. Kat Thomas'
tears in to The Flight Of the Bumble Bee with accuracy and speed.
Her shred rendition of Paganini’s Caprice #24 is also at a
mind-blowing speed. Beethoven’s 5th Symphony is nimble, precise and
fast. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto ends the classical shred on this
DVD with a bang and really leaves you wanting more."
"THE GREAT KAT is well-known as the
virtuoso of guitar and the violin as well as as the original
interpreter of works of classic music: Bach, Beethoven, Wagner,
Mozart, Paganini and others. The artist is the champion of
shredding. The works are played with improbable speed - these are
the very quick, mad and furious compositions full of solos as well
as brutal screams."
"The Great Kat takes guitar
playing, classical music, and performance wow-ness to a whole new
level. She's outrageous, dangerous, and ferocious -- she's The Great
Kat - and if you haven't heard her play yet, after you ingest this
DVD you'll never be the same."
"The Great Kat has spent much time
trying to resurrect the respectability factor of
these timeless masterpieces by ushering their
complex note sequences via modern distortion and
blinding guitar shred."
Ray Van Horn, Jr.
The Metal Minute
"This DVD from The
Great Kat takes on the familiar journey of speed
guitar and tongue-in-cheek humor."
Metal Life Magazine
"The original Queen of scream and metal shred
returns with a collections of videos on one powerful
DVD of intense metals that only THE GREAT KAT can
Toxic Flyer Zine
- "This juggernaut of jammin',
ferocity of the fretboard, steamrolla of rock-and-rolla is, of
course, THE GREAT KAT!!! BEETHOVEN’S GUITAR SHRED, the new DVD
multi-media extravaganza which is nothing short of an aural and
Heavy Metal Hog
"The Great Kat's 'Beethoven's Guitar Shred' DVD is INSANE!"
CitySlicker Entertainment Magazine
- "Not for the weak of heart! This is one seriously wild ass
- DJ Foothill
- "Very exact instrumental interpretations and always at full
- Eloy Teixido
- "The Great Kat has stamped a
place in metal as not only a virtuoso but also as a fiery character.
This DVD is a collection of her performing as a metal maiden, and
the music videos are as enticing as they are entertaining. It
is indeed a treat to see any person play instruments at such
- Bill Zebub
- "Guitar aficionados marvel at
the speed of her playing and her ability to maintain such precision
despite that speed. Get a feel for what she's all about while
watching her fingers fly up and down the frets. Pick up a copy and
"The Great Kat is a violinist guitarist who graduated from the prestigious Juilliard School. Her music evokes to the great masters of Classical music, with a touch of violent metal and a perfect technique. She was chosen among the ten fastest guitarists to ever, and YES, it must be said, this female plays like the Gods."
- "Her ability to dazzle you with
her speed and skill are not to be missed. The classical music
selections highlight not only her shred virtuosity on the guitar,
but violin as well. Witness her lightning speed and blinding
virtuosity. While she is indeed quick and nimble on the strings, she
plays with a clarity and exactness that belies her swiftness."
- Michael E. Carver
"The sheer virtuosity of the woman is nothing short
of flabbergasting. She goes from guitar to violin with ease,
working with precision and speed. I liked very much her
rendition of Bach's 3rd Brandenburg concerto. I have heard other
versions including the famous Switched On Bach version from
Wendy Carlos and Kat's version deserves a place in the list of
famous interpretations of this masterpiece."
"The world famous musical phenomenon that is called The Great
Kat is back with an awesome DVD. An outstanding achievement on
how Great Kat can shred these classical pieces of music and turn
them into extreme Speed Metal with her genius virtuosity. Her
ability to melt our ear drums with her furious shredding guitar
"'Beethoven's Guitar Shred' is entertaining from beginning to
end. Jaw-dropping 'The Flight Of The Bumble-Bee'. What makes The
Great Kat's fretwork so impressive isn't just her incredible
speed but it's her clarity. She's playing classical music tunes
on an electric guitar at around 300 beats per minute and you can
hear every note. Man, she nails it!" Rating: 4 stars out of 4.
R. Scott Bolton
"Genius at work in this metal masterpiece.
This Juilliard-trained violinist puts her intensely fast
fingers to new use playing some of the fastest shredding you’re
ever going to hear on both electric guitar and violin.
mazing version of 'Flight of the Bumblebee.'"
- David Slaughter
"The Great Kat.
She's loud and profane. Her fretboard speed
is awesome, and she'll take on all
challengers to her classical-shred mastery.
And, oh yeah, she gargles blood."
- "Super shredder The Great
Kat has a new DVD out: Beethoven’s Guitar Shred. She
toured with a classical orchestra before crossing over into more
aggressive forms of self expression. But who cares about her
pedigree? She can play Flight of the Bumblebee at 300 BPM."
- Spencer Seidel
- "Ultimate, electrifying, incandescent,
- Naja Kemp
"What a blast! This DVD was something else! Very fast guitar and
violin playing, a loud mixture of heavy metal and classical played
by a buxom gal in a leather halter and black fish net stockings.
Talk about roll over Beethoven! I enjoyed the mutant classical stuff
on this DVD and plan on sharing it with other classical music/loud
"A beautiful woman that can shred 'Flight of the bumblebee' at
300bpm and eat your heart while doing it… literally!"
"'Beethoven's Guitar Shred' is a very pleasant surprise! I
am now able to watch her shredding on the guitar and enjoying
I would give The Great Kat's
'Beethoven's Guitar Shred' a big thumbs up."
- Dennis Day
- "Not only can this crazy
bitch play faster than everyone I just mentioned, but her riffs
were no f**king nonsense. No ballads, no quiet s**t unless it
was from a classical composition which she frequently played as
she is a Juilliard graduate, specializing in the violin. Doesn't
matter what you're into musically it's just retarded how fast
she can play."
- "All ye faithful to lightning fast shreds, check it out!"
- The Forgotten Scroll
- "This Juilliard-trained
violinist took famous classical pieces and turned them into
thrash metal guitar opuses. She is known for her ridiculously
Great Kat's lightning-fingered homage to Ludwig
"Mixing Classical Music with extremely fast guitar playing and
sadomasochism. A Musical revolution."
- "The Great Kat's music evokes the grand
masters of Classical Music, with a violent metal
touch and perfect technique. This female plays
like the Gods."
- GIBSON LIFESTYLE NAMES THE GREAT KAT "8 OF
THE WORLD'S FASTEST SHREDDERS"
- "The Great Kat - the world’s foremost
female shredder. If you think composers like
Antonio Vivaldi and Niccolo Paganini are just
stuffy old white guys, wait until you see a
leather-and-fishnet clad wild woman bump up the
BPMs. You really need to see her videos in order
to comprehend just how talented — and completely
over-the-top — the Great Kat's persona is in
- Jonah Bayer
- GUITAR ONE
MAGAZINES NAMES THE GREAT KAT "TOP 10 FASTEST SHREDDERS
OF ALL TIME"
"'Girl power' is a gross
understatement. The world's first shredding dominatrix."
"She has technique galore -- playing incredibly
fast (shredding). Her speed-demon take on
classical music is fun to listen to. The driving
rhythms at these speeds and amplification can be
have loved the in-your-face energy. Superfast
headbanging takes of classical works on guitar."
brought to Speed/Thrash Metal and mixed with
- "A frenzied
heavy metal opus with plenty of dazzling guitar
"Great Kat is a
virtuoso. She creates the style 'Shred
Classical'. This style is original and complex, it combines
the power of the guitar and the violin with 'Metal' speed."
- "When you are dealing with the 'ultimate female guitar
shredder', a Heavy Metal mistress, the only thing you have to do is
bow and obey."
- Yiannis Z.
- "The Great Kat is one of the fastest guitarists in the world.
The music is fast paced, full of adrenaline and breathes
contemporary life into the crumbling legacies of these classical
- David Iversen
- "Played hot enough to melt the plastic plants on a public access
"This is wild - Check out the Great
Kat doing The Flight of the Bumble
- "The Great Kat a complete Triumph, once again in Excellent style, Shredder Extraordinaire! The Great Kat has the Distinction of being One of the few Women to Inspire, to encourage more Women to take up Guitar. She is a Remarkable Visionary: whose Performance is both Distinguished & Individualistic. The Great Kat plays her Guitar & Violin brilliantly tearing at a Tremendous Speed."
"Mind-blinding speed. My favorite
piece is ‘Beethoven Mosh,’ which is
the Fifth with a grinding, powerful
guitar riff that’s slow but
insistent and crackling with power.
I could listen to that all day every
- "Katherine is considered one of
shred/classical style pioneers."
"Neoclassical shredding madness
played at insane tempo."
- Mikolaj Furmankiewicz
Department Of Virtuosity
- "One is surprised to discover that there
exists a human that fast, which is a furious woman. She is called The
Great Kat. With her, the themes of Beethoven become a projectile."
- "The Great Kat spits her Hails once again for
all to Wake Up while you watch her cast GLOBAL DOMINATION WITH
- Herlaka Rose
- "The only woman who can make Gene Simmons seem
like a pansy wallflower and she's a technically superb guitar player to
boot. She dons a camouflage bikini and New York Dolls warpaint to
f**king shred 24-7."
- Matthew Moyer
- "Conjunction of virtuosity and apocalypsis, that
sonic war in this case (being Kat's music a kind of chemical weapon that
destroys our nervous system), that form to build and pull down all that
megalomaniac and wild combination of classical music, speed and own
creations in that orchestrated uproar of hypersonic guitars and
- Hector Noble Fernandez
- "'Beethoven on Speed' boasts some of the most
impressive guitar work I've heard lately. Kat demonstrates her
virtuosity through reincarnating Beethoven (and a Paganini piece) as
speed metal. The speed and technicality of Kat's astounding
playing will leave one floored, to say the least."
- Kristofer Upjohn
- "Beethoven On Speed can be looked upon as a paving stone, primarily in
the avenues of grind metal and tech metal that's quickly becoming the
rage. Kat dishes out perhaps the fastest version of Nikolai
Rimsky-Korsakov's 'Flight of the Bumblebee' we've ever heard. Flickering
out a gorgeous violin solo acoustically before ripping the snot out of
the electric violin section with screeching sadomasochism."
Ray Van Horn, Jr.
The Metal Minute Blog
- "Kat’s multi-layered delivery attacks one’s
senses with a feverish intensity, effectively reminding us all of her
more than considerable technical prowess. Classical arrangements with
- Todd Newton
- "Completely insane. Another definition does not
exist when you come across for the first time with the work of the
guitarist Great Kat. Nobody can deny the talent of Kat."
- Fernando Souza Filho
- "The f**king most s**t-hot guitar player.
You can f**king "ooh" and "ahhh" at the Nuclear Assault-meets-Flight of
the Bumblebee acuity of her fretwork. This is over-the-top, this is
awesome. It's as if she's a herald from a world where Jimi Hendrix,
Jimmy Page, Robert Johnson, Clapton, etc. were all women and now here
she is doing the over-the-top rock version of that."
- Matthew Moyer
- "The forte of Kat is to make Shred covers of the
workmanships of Vivaldi, Beethoven, Bach, Wagner, Liszt and Rossini,
resulting in an intricate fast sound, for which Kat was named
'The 10 Fastest Guitarists of the World' of Guitar One Magazine."
- Sergio Martorelli
- "Wow. I've never heard 'Flight of the
Bumblebee' played so fast on a guitar. The Great Kat is metal in the
craziest sense of the word."
- "The Great Kat KNOWS HOW TO MAKE LOVE TO
A GUITAR. The Great Kat's music evokes the great masters of Classical
Music, with a touch a violent metal and a perfectionistic technique.
This female plays like the Gods."
- "In the matter of virtuosity, the speed
metal guitarist, The Great Kat, leaves you stunned. The guitarist makes
an impression with her dominance of speed techniques."
- Henrique Inglez de Souza
- "The Great Kat, a shred guitarist
playing classical music with lightning fast licks. If you like guitar,
blood and guts, then check it out. It's got 6 Super Shred Videos to keep
- John Reed
- "New DVD from the famous woman with the fast
fingers. For fans, this DVD is a clear MUST. RATING: 9 out of 10."
- Thorsten Jansen
- "Superfast shredding on top of crazy symphonies
and screeching metal vocals. So much to love about this record
["Wagner's War" CD]. It’s absurd, insane and truly impressive. The 10
second sample of her Flight of the Bumblebee got me hot."
- "The Great Kat, Juilliard prodigy-turned-caterwauling
speed-metal guitarist, may be abrasive, but judging from this disc,
she's never boring. A-"
- "THE SPEEDIEST, SCARIEST FEMALE
SHREDDER OF ALL TIME"
- Caryn Ganz
- "The Great Kat is one of the best guitarists,
besides originally being a professional violinist and to top it all off,
she has the luxury of being sexy."
- "Considered in the group of the 10 fastest
guitarists of all the time by Guitar One Magazine. Kat changed from the
violin to the electric guitar to create music, which is the most crazily
fast and horrifying of the world, a mixture of Classical music and speed
metal. The most demented guitarist on the planet."
- "This woman has the title of the fastest in the
world when it comes to guitar. She is the dominatrix of the six-string,
who gives honor to Sade, metal and the great composers."
- Israel Morales
- "The Great Kat is fantastic: technique and speed
in service of the guitar. Impressive virtuosity."
- Henrique Inglez de Souza
- "Katherine Thomas is a musical virtuoso. Over-the-top antics
and the thin line between brilliance and insanity. The Great Kat is
- THE GREAT KAT
NAMED "THE 100 WILDEST GUITAR HEROES" in CLASSIC ROCK MAGAZINE
- "The Great Kat - FELINE GROOVY. Utterly bonkers,
self-proclaimed High Priestess Of Shred Guitar. Likes blood. And
Beethoven. And she's from Swindon. Must hear: William Tell Overture."
- Sian Llewellyn, Editor
- The Great Kat's Upcoming DVD is a "MASTERPIECE
OF SHRED MUSIC!"
- ("Próximamente el nuevo DVD THE GREAT KAT una pieza maestra de musica
- The Noise Hour Radio Show
- "F**king amazing. Never have I seen a female
shred the guitar as fast the Great Kat. Her musical style is not only
unique but blisteringly intoxicating. This ‘She Demon’ shreds unlike
- "The Great Kat is the greatest guitar player in
the world. There will never be another one like her. She's an
exceptionally talented artist."
- Paul Autry
- "THE GREAT KAT 'Blood' mp3. A
39-second blast of pain--She claims to be (among other things) God, and
the reincarnation of Beethoven. She's a patriot, too
(YouTube)! Does she scare me?
- The Great Kat Quote in "THE GREAT ROCK 'N' ROLL
QUOTE BOOK" - In Chapter Entitled "EGO":
- "I am bringing my genius to idiots who cannot go
out and reach it for themselves because they are too stupid."
- Edited by Merrit Malloy
- "The Great Rock 'N' Roll Quote Book"
- "With the Violin and Guitar you take control.
You’re a classic goddess struck by the lightning bolt from the metal
- Stephen Blackwell
- "The Great Kat is a Dangerous, Brutal, Fantastic and Virtuoso
- Salvador Diaz
- "THE GREAT KAT RULES ALL."
- "The Great Kat’s music cuts like a knife. The
world’s fastest woman guitarist has given the music of Beethoven, Wagner
and Bach a twist that jolts sensibilities of traditionalists and heavy
metal musicians a new avenue."
- Mathures Paul
- "Take one part Juilliard graduate, one part
metal-head, one part classical music virtuoso, and one part pure all
consuming politically incorrect passion, mix vigorously, and you might
have a portion of The Great Kat."
- Harris Fogel
- "A demon woman from hell that plays the guitar unlike no other."
- Chris Ferrante
- The Great Kat Listed in Urban Dictionary:
- "Awesome trained violin virtuoso chic that
became a guitar virtuoso after graduating."
- "It can't get any better than this. Over the
top? Absolutely! Entertaining? You bet!" -
- Peter Van Laarhoven
- "The Great Kat - A metal shredding chick that
will kick your ass! She's a virtuoso!"
- The Morning Edge with Buck and Dex
- "THE GREAT KAT, a toxic feline with razor sharp
claws and an affection for electric guitars."
- God Of Metal
- "This one-of-a-kind musician knows excitement."
- John Lorinc
- "The Great Kat plays guitar (very fast) and the
violin (very, very fast) and she treats us to her metal / classical
music crossover. This girl has balls and she can make that axe (and her
- "The Great Kat is a guitar virtuoso that has made it her passion to
resurrect classical music and combine it with shred guitar. I was quite
impressed with not only how fast she could play the guitar, but that she
was equally as fast on the violin."
- George Dionne
- The Great Kat's Shred/Classical
Music in BOOK:
- "ROCKIN' THE CLASSICS AND CLASSICIZIN' THE ROCK"
- Janell R. Duxbury
- "The success of the classical
ideologies of complexity, virtuosity, and individuality is most obvious
in the recent emergence of "guitar for guitarists" metal. Hypervirtuosic
players like The Great Kat."
- Robert Walser
- "Running With The Devil" Book - Chapter
entitled: "Eruptions: Heavy Metal Appropriations of Classical
- "One of the premier shredders on the planet
(male or female). The Great Kat's new DVD, Extreme Guitar Shred
was an intense, blistering set of short music videos. The songs are
short, note for note arrangements of familiar classical arrangements,
cranked up to 11 and played with dizzying speed. Just listening to
it is enough to almost shred the skin right off your fingertips in a
spray of sweat and blood."
- Jeremy The Loner
- DeansPlanet.com Celebrity Interviews
- "By far, The Great Kat is
the fastest female shredder I’ve ever heard, and quite possibly one of
the fastest of today."
- George Dionne
- Rock Is Life Webzine
- "The Great Kat's Extreme Guitar Shred DVD Rules!
In the Extreme Guitar Shred DVD, The Great Kat shows her chops as the
ultimate guitarist of all time. As a Juilliard graduate violinist, The
Great Kat really shows guitarists how a virtuoso violinist plays the
virtuoso guitar. I've recommended this DVD to all my friends so they can
see that a woman can play better guitar than a man! Extreme Guitar Shred
- "Take Beethoven, Wagner, Liszt, Vivaldi,
Sarasate, et al, pour into a blender and shred full speed for 2 minutes
and pour yourself a tall one! Down it quickly while flipping wildly
through Heavy Metal Magazine cum WWE SmackDown while someone slaps you
across the ears repeatedly. Even this won’t come close to watching the
2-minute video vignettes presented on DVD Extreme Guitar Shred
by the Great Kat."
- "'Extreme Guitar Shred' is bound to be a
masterpiece. You have to see and hear this shred meister perform to
believe the power of Shred/Classical!"
- "Breathtaking music, fast-paced classical,
revamped, chewed, spat out and laced with spit from the devil himself."
- Jim Ody
- "Rock music could become the new classical
music...Katherine 'The Great Kat' Thomas, for example, a Juilliard
trained violinist, has adapted works by Vivaldi, Beethoven, Liszt and
Wagner for shred guitar and classical orchestra."
- Tim Brookes
- "Guitar An American Life" Book - Chapter
entitled: "Guitar Rock Takes Over"
- "Legendary guitarist. Death-defying guitar
skill. This guitar and violin virtuoso is skilled at taking classical
pieces and morphing them into speed metal and on this DVD she shows us
those skills via some pretty awe-inspiring music videos. Wagner,
Bazzini, Sarasate, Vivaldi, and Liszt are compressed into total
balls-to-the-wall guitar shred."
- "Original Masterpiece. An artist with more
talent than any guitar player I have ever heard in my life. I was very
impressed with her finger bleeding guitar shredding which would make
most guitar players slack jawed."
- Jake A. Wheat
- "The Great Kat can outplay just about every
guitarist on the planet. She can zoom up and down a fretboard
faster than a hungry cheetah on steroids. Her fretboard speed is
- "She is a Juilliard graduate and a magnificent
guitarist and violinist."
- "The Great Kat! DVD Excellent! Site de la
délicieuse Kat, qui fait une musique déjantée à base de métal et de
musique classique (en anglais), dernier album 'Wagner's War'"
- Jerome & Stephane
- "Over-the-top shred. The Great Kat puts Vai and
Yngwie to shame with her faster-than-lighting licks. Extreme patriotism
with extreme feminism."
- Jedd Beaudoin
- "Rating: 10/10!!!
Totally speed metal madness with huge influences of classic violin-guitar
virtuosity! 'Extreme Guitar Shred' is for
- "Kat demonstrates a skill which I do not have
words to describe, as much with the violin as the guitar at a speed that
escape to the course human knowledge. Buy this DVD no matter what."
- Armando Mutilator
- "Awesome! You're a Goddess! You're the cutting
edge! Kat, You Rule! Kat Shreds! Kat Shreds! Kat Shreds!!"
- Tommy & Rumble
- "Extreme Guitar Shred is a definite way to get
the metal heads to listen to classical music. A metal menace delight.
Her guitar and violin playing is intense, strings sawed and plucked with
- Bruce Von Stiers
- "Is She fast? That question gets a mighty Hell yes."
- Morris Tang
- "Totally speed metal madness with huge influences the classic
- "The Great Kat utterly defies description. A Julliard graduate
and guitar virtuoso, she is singlehandedly pioneering a movement to meld
metal and classical music into a new genre called 'Shred Classical.'
Extreme Guitar Shred. The most bizarre, in-your-face shred guitar ever
- Chris Carle
- "The Great Kat is a force of nature, a performer
of such dramatic histrionics and extreme virtuosity that she leaves
audiences in awe. She wields both the guitar and violin like weapons,
and delivers masterful rock renditions of cherished classical songs."
- Tower Records
- "The Great Kat can totally shred. In fact, she's so scary fast
on guitar and violin, that once you retrieve your ego from the
gutter, you almost have to laugh. Her technique is simply insane."
- Michael Molenda
- "Steeped in the fury of Satan, The Great Kat
brings virtuosity and inventiveness."
- Denali Dasgupta
- "Extreme Guitar Shred" DVD Rating: 10/10
- "She is some kind of a legend among the fans. This is a must for all
of you who are tired of so called neo-classical guitar players and want
to hear REAL GUITAR SHRED!!!!!!!!!!!!"
- "You think you know speed. You think you know shred. You know nothing
until you know the Great Kat!!"
- Rob Belanger
- "The Great Kat. Extreme Guitar Shred. This
is what you get when you cross a WWE wrestler and an intense,
fast-as-hell shredder guitarist, with...a concert violinist. Extreme
Guitar Shred is a rollercoaster of impressively fast guitar and gruesome
imagery. Do check this out, because this woman can do things most humans
can't. Here is classical music on speed, and it's hard not to be
- Caroline Dworin
- "Prepare to be dazzled by guitar and violin
pyrotechnics that will blister your fingers (and you aren't even
"Showing the ultimate in Violin and guitar shred.
- Matt D'Agostino
- "Showcasing the Kat’s outrageous takes on
classical music done up with her patented guitar and violin histrionics;
it’s entertaining as hell."
- Greg Pratt
- "The Great Kat is a talented guitarist. The DVD
adds an extra dimension and was certainly entertaining."
- Stuart A Hamilton
- "Here's what the Extreme Guitar Shred DVD is: a
collection of short, themed videos depicting The Great Kat doing
variously discomforting things, to a soundtrack featuring her impressive
- Mikey McClenathan
- "She (Katherine Thomas) really is a virtuoso, both on guitar and
violin and her technical prowess puts to shame a lot of would-be guitar
- Jerry Fielden
- "So buckle up and hang on tight as 'The
Great Kat' Takes you on a ride of your lifetime in the newest collection
(Extreme Guitar Shred DVD). This is the real deal a true gift of talent
that the 'Great Kat' possesses with speeding/shredding guitar riffs that
will make your hairs on your neck stand straight up. For all you extreme
guitarist this a must for your guitar playing collection of videos."
- Steve Paul
- "In the video you can watch her trade off with
herself back and forth between guitar shredding and violin shredding.
Its quite amazing actually to watch. She is the most awesome guitar
goddess ever born. AND GOD!!!!!!!!"
- Rabishu Xul
- "The fury that The Great Kat expresses in her
performances, as for instance we can see in this DVD, acquires legendary
- Jorge Munnshe
- "Macho shredders beware: The Great Kat will
skewer you, tear you apart note by note, dine on your bleeding wounds,
then lick your blood off her high velocity paws before she yawns. Every
track on "Extreme Guitar Shred" is a full frontal assault, exploding
with blazing lines from the likes of Wagner, Liszt, and Sarasate. For
gonzo shredders and those who have an appreciation for classical motifs,
this DVD is highly recommended."
- Rick Landers
- "With all the subtlety of a chainsaw, The Great
Kat has unleashed Extreme Guitar Shred upon humanity. The videos
themselves are mini-plays set to Kat’s remarkable shredding."
- By O.M.O.M.
- "'Extreme Guitar Shred'. The Great Kat's chops are impressive – the
speed with which she spits out scales on both electric guitar and violin
is astounding, especially when accompanied, as it is on the DVD’s six
videos, by her snarling, wild-eyed metal posturing and head-banging."
- Patrick Enright
- "This dvd is killer from start to finish. This
dvd is great for anyone who wants an awesome introduction of The Great
Kat, and A must for extreme guitar shredding fans. I highly recommend
- DJ Bushmado
- "Blistering versions of LISZT, BAZZINI, WAGNER, VIVALDI, and SARASATE
classical pieces in raw GREAT KAT style. The dvd has something for fans
of Classical and metal."
- Tony Anderson
- "Extreme Guitar Shred offers blistering guitar and violin work with
all the S&M, blood, gore and twisted humor you need to make the DVD
enjoyable. Marvel at the sheer speed at which her fingers fly across the
- Terry Bunch
- "Whether you are a fan of shredding guitars,
essential metal, or a hot chick in skimpy S&M outfits, this DVD is a
must have for your collection."
- Satan On A Stick Webzine
- "Everything rips by at a blistering pace with her majesty displaying
why she was recently voted one of the top 10 shredders of all time.
- "Modern day Paganini. Her virtuosity on these
instruments (guitar and violin) is nothing short of amazing. No holds
barred guitar acrobatics."
- Erin Fox
- "The Great Kat is a musical virtuoso. Fantastic
dexterity. Divine talent. Guitar and violin speedcapades. Neo-classical
monstrosity. All women should be so powerful."
- Liz Ciavarella
- "The more you know about The Great Kat, the more she seems like a
walking, talking unifying theory of women and rock guitar."
- David Segal
- "'ZAPATEADO' Music Video is a stunning
combination of The Great Kat's unmatched guitar speed and riveting heavy
metal violin work. It's breathlessly stunning."
- R. Scott Bolton
- "Conjunction of virtuosity and apocalypsis, that
form to build and pull down all that megalomaniac and wild combination
of classical music, speed and own creations in that orchestrated uproar
of hypersonic guitars and violins and toxicant extremism."
- Hector Noble Fernandez
- "The classical masterpieces sound so damn good mixed with metal that
it's hard to explain. One of the best concepts to ever enter the metal
- Britton Dicks, Jr.
- "This wild woman of New York City can shred a guitar like no one else.
All I can say is pick this s**t up and listen to it. It will definitely
change the way you look at classical music."
- Angela Monger
- "Rating: 10 out of 10! Total f**king shred guitar mixed with the
classical stylings of Wagner. Insane music of the highest caliber.
'Wagners War' is jammed packed with guitar shredding and violin
shredding masterpieces only The Great Kat come spew forth."
- Rabishu (Bogues) Xul
- "'WAGNER'S WAR' shows The Great Kat's dexterity
with the 6 strings, playing at the speed of light."
- "Rapid, Furious, and Genius. Maybe this is the
music of the future. Brutal and perfect. Essential Disc."
- Ayar F.R.O.G.
- "All three acts of this cycle (War, Revenge and Victory) are delivered
at a breakneck pace. The Great Kat isn't your typical metal star."
- Sean Carruthers
- "Insane rapid Classical shredding. 'Wagner's
War' is definitively a great release, very innovative and creative, the
musicianship is out of this world."
- ***** ***** (10 out of 10 Stars!)
"The fastest guitar solos you might ever hear. Staccato
Solos that are so out of this world. The Great Kat outperforms not most,
but all of the competition, by not only being faster, but also much
fiercer than anyone I can think of."
- Pascal Thiel
- "The Great Kat plays Beethoven, Wagner, Bach, on guitar and violin at
break-neck speed. An amazing musician!"
- Mark Deren
- "Some of the most intricate, complex classical
music done expertly on guitar at break-neck speed. To hear someone with
this skill is amazing and I would recommend that everyone check it out."
- Dennis Day
- "The Great Kat is a Juilliard graduate violin virtuoso who applies
those classical disciplines with equal conviction to her outrageous
metal guitar style."
- Paul Salter
- THE GREAT KAT NAMED
- "TOP 10 FASTEST SHREDDERS OF ALL
- Chris O'Byrne
- "Wagner's War" CD
- *** (Three Stars)
- "The Great Kat, New York's head-banging thrash goddess, continues to
connect the dots between metal music and classical with her latest,
'Wagner's War.' Inspired by the events of Sept. 11, Kat renders some of
music's most famous, aggressive, battle-inspired pieces in
shredding-speed metal arrangements that hiss and spit."
- Dan Aquilante
- "Recently unleashing her latest
opus, 'Wagner’s War', she's yet again poised to take over heavy metal as
we know it by blending blindingly fast guitar shredding with grindcore
yes, classical music."
- Keith Carman
- "Rating: 10/10. 'Wagner’s War' is yet another
masterpiece from the fastest guitar-goddess alive. The new album is
bound for eternity."
- Max Thrasher
- "The jewel of 'Wagner's War' CD is Liszt's
'Hungarian Rhapsody #2' and Sarasate's 'Zapateado', where The Great Kat
shreds on violin and guitar brilliantly."
- Jorge Miranda
- "A crossroads of Beethoven on acid meeting the
musical fury of a woman on a mission that most man can't compete with."
- "I'm quite impressed! THE GREAT KAT is the
f**king Mistress of Metal & the Succubus of Speed! Without a doubt the
fastest, heaviest, most talented female shredder of all time!"
- Lord Aphoticax
- "The Great Kat's technical abilities are amazing
to say the least."
- Angela Monger
- "'WAGNER'S WAR' is an overpowering seven-song
eleven-minute whirlwind of complex speed guitar orchestration in
response to Sept. 11, 2001."
- Kevin McCarley
- "'Wagner's War' grabs you by the balls & rips
your throat out!!! The screams in the song "Terror"
invokes memories of that terror filled day in September, 2001."
- Bill & Deb
- "The Great Kat is unique: a strange mixture of
furious madness and pure instrumental virtuosity."
- Nicolas Pingnelain
- "The Great Kat plays the guitar very fast.
Faster than you, for sure.
- Faster than everybody, pretty much."
- Ian Stewart
- "'Wagner's War' is pure
genius and has to be the fastest guitar playing I have ever heard in my
life. Simply put, the greatest Classical Masterpiece The Black Angel has
- Andy Burke
- "The Great Kat, speed metal
goddess & possibly the fastest shredder in the world. 'Wagner's
War' is definitely a CD for the guitar shredders to check out & study!"
- "This is a highly talented guitar/violin
shredding goddess, here to take the throne and let you bow to her."
- "The queen of speed on the six string.
- 'Wagner's War' is crammed full of some of the
most intricate and frenzied music you will ever feast your bleeding ears
- Josh Drespling
- "I don’t think I’ve ever heard a faster
- But not only is she furiously fast, she’s also
good and inspired.
- Rarely do you find these three qualities in one
- A-J Charron
- GuitarNoise, The Online Guitar College
- "On "Wagner War" The Feline Goddess bridges
Shred & Aggression with song titles
- like "Terror"," Punishment" & "Humiliation" and
then just tears it up on guitar."
- "The Great Kat's lightening quick fingers and
guitar riffs are nothing less than amazing as her interpretations bring
to life the drama and bloodshed that is war."
- Mike Greenhall
- "The Great Kat is one of the best, speediest, and spellbinding axe
grinders in the music scene today."
- Rikk Matheson
- "The Great Kat and her Jackson King V, thrashing
madly, and headbanging wildly. Vicious shredding assault, not for the
faint of heart"
- Erik Chrupalyk
- "If blistering leads and ripping fast solos are
your thing, then this disc is definitely for you."
- Dan Wettlaufer
- The Oxford Review
- "Once I Think I've heard the new extreme in
music something like
- The Great Kat comes along. Awesome!"
- "Lightning fast guitar chops.
- Hell, if the US government
really wants Saddam to leave Iraq they could always put WAGNER'S WAR
on repeat at full volume and in a few days they would surely surrender."
- Mita Tate
- "The guitars shred everything!! Complex, ultra raging fury and
- "An absolute demoness shredder on both guitar and violin. The
mixture of heart-racing classical war anthems mixed with 'kick 'em in
the face' post-9/11 anger (this record's theme)."
- "Nobody can really compare to The Great Kat. She
makes guys like Yngwie Malmsteen look like just another guitarist!"
- Erik Chrupalyk
- Unstoppable Force Webzine
- "Flashing images of concentration atrocities and the horror of the
World Trade Center attacks. If you need to get your blood boiling again,
The Great Kat's 'War' video will help you do it."
- R. Scott Bolton
- "The Great Kat - who is not only an excellent
shredder, but a fine composer, too - is probably best known for
re-orchestrating classical music standards for shred-metal
interpretation. This has included the works of Vivaldi, Rossini,
Beethoven, and others, and requires a firm grasp of both speed-picking
and sweep-picking, not to mention a very limber fret-hand."
- - David McLean,
- "The Great Kat is a metal goddess who's from New
York City and on this cd she expresses her feelings of destruction, a
desire to destroy all those who burned down the American dream as The
Great Kat stands with an American flag on the cover, ready to start the
- Didier Becu
- "This new CD by the Great Kat not only shreds
- but makes one feel proud to be an American.
She's a f**king GENIUS!"
- Leah Gold
- Tablet Newspaper
- "Lovers of guitar will surely have to check this album."
- "Her version of Classical pieces like Wagner's 'The Ride of the
Valkyries' and Liszt's 'Hungarian Rhapsody' are done at breakneck speeds
and with an insane speed technique. Fans of extreme speed need to check
- Chris Lee
- "A new high for the career of one of the most innovative artistes in
the independent music world."
- Rick Leider
- Black Cat Media
- "This utterly demented CD is so scrupulously arranged and impassioned
that it can’t help but disturb"
- "The Great Kat is, perhaps, the greatest female guitarist that this
planet has ever seen."
- Paul Autry
- Spotlight Magazine
- "I really don't know how she plays this fast. She will be the first to
tell you that she's the fastest guitarist in the world, well after
hearing this instrumental ("Hungarian Rhapsody #2") I can't help but say
she may be right. She burns the guitar up on this one!"
"Rossini's Rape is the fastest, most acidic
offering this side of hell. Between her violin and guitar assaults
meshed with her classical piano onslaughts and the rage of her speed
metal band, The Great Kat can be cloned by no one."
- Liz Ciavarella
- "Technologically intimidating instrumental work comprising implacable
sulfate-over-dosed classical riffs, Gomez Addams harpsichord, horns and
strings, all over and done with in just under six and a half minuten."
- George Smith
- The Village Voice
- "I’ve never heard classical
music sound like this. ‘Rossini’s Rape’ is the best
instrumental offering I’ve ever had the pleasure to hear."
- Glenn Milligan
- Metalliville Webzine
- "The Great Kat shines because
of the conspicuous capacity she has to play some instruments like the
guitar, the violin, the violas. Listen to Rossini's "William Tell
Overture" and Bazzini's "The Round of the Goblins", which are very
intense and we have to admit both of them have a pleasant peculiarity
which you'll enjoy to listen for sure."
- Prelude to Darkness Webzine
- "Blood, guts, cleavage and severed male organs
fly like mad,
- while one hears Kat shriek and
wail with delight."
- Keith Carman
- Varsity Review Magazine
- "In the Great Kat's new music video, she prances
around half-nekkid in a blood-soaked boudoir, kissing skeletons and
- Eric Searleman
- The Arizona Republic Magazine
- "THE GODDESS FROM HELL HAS COME BACK!!! This is another crazy piece
elaborated by the insane & genius mind of american classic gore grind
goddess GREAT KAT"
- Edgar Franco
- "It has a totally insane speed & the Kat's
vocals/screams just added more insanity. Plus the music is in the dark
side of lust with pain, Yeah! in the S&M realm! With titles
'Sodomize' & 'Castration'. This is for Metal Heads with Metal
- Roy Sierra
- Underworld Music Zine
- "The leather and lingerie-clad dominatrix of the
heavy metal set has ripped through classical greats and original
compositions at lightning speed, discombobulating our traditional
perspectives of classical music and sending her devout followers into
spasmodic reveries. And with the release of the recent
'Rossini's Rape' and gory video for "Castration", she
continues to overload our senses."
- Bryan Reesman
- KNAC.com Magazine
- "'Rossini’s Rape'
is a masterpiece. It is an album that the Cape as been yearning for, for
many, many years and we are indebted to the genius of one fine, foxy and
extremely clever young lady for delivering it. Ball bursting pleasure
from The Great Kat; a living breathing pioneer."
- Glitzy Cape
- "The songs are very complex, loud, and powerful.
'Rossini's William Tell Overture' is a GREAT version, intense,
ultra-fast piece featuring Kat on guitar, violins and viola."
- Renzo Parodi
- Psicoterror Zine
- "This is new classic masterpiece blasting
symphony!!! The Great Kat plays guitar and violin very
fast and blasts with supersonic power while she rapes the boys."
- Putra Pande
- Anorexia Orgasm Webzine
- "With the last track Bazzini's ' The
Round of the Goblins' she shows off her talents once again not
only on guitar but violin as well. With fiery speed and technique The
Great Kat proves she can master anything or anybody, for that matter."
- Kathryn Smith
- Strength-Beyond-Strength Webzine
- "Classical trained on the violin, The Great Kat
shows you how real classical music should be played, forget yngwie,
this girl rocks!!"
- Jason Brown
- Friday 13th Zine
- "Kat is exceptionally gifted, a true musical genius who remains
light years ahead of the rest. The Great Kat is a
one of a kind artist and, in this life time, I don't think we'll see
anyone else who can match what she has done and continues to do. All
Hail The Great Kat because she is your Goddess!
- Paul Autry
"To many people, when you first Discover or meet
The Great Kat, they will be immediately be shocked by her
appearances , but if you are looking for a great talent that you cannot
find in this world, The truth and answer is the Great Kat! The Kat is of
great quality for Arts and of course her famous speed classical guitar
movements from HELL ! True metal lover!"
- Oriental Choice of Music Force
- "Guitar virtuosos who enjoy classical Metal from the likes of Yngwie
Malmstein will be very happy with this release. Malmstein's Metal is a
weak counterpart of what the Kat's mastermind can do on
both the guitar and violins."
- Heavy Metal Lives
- "That is a new true fast insanity of the brilliant goddess GREAT KAT,
a torture chamber where KAT hurts hers slaves while she plays her guitar
furiously to the speed of the light."
- "I am left speechless as I stare at this CD. 'Digital
Beethoven On Cyberspeed' is the mark of a traveler, teacher and
- Abbas Jaffary
- "Within the first 15 seconds your heart and soul
WILL be brought to their knees with a mercilessly beautiful violin,
truly one of the best extensions of herself I've heard. Her
forceful overshadowing of complex rhythmic purity and diabolically acute
instrumentational precision allow her preeminence to manipulate one's
emotions, without question."
- Abbas Jaffary
- Altars Of Metal WebZine
- "Bloody Vivaldi" is a short and intense 4 song 7 min.
23 sec. onslaught of twisted classical music offering a brutal mix of
violin and guitar wizardry bordering on insanity."
- MUEN Magazine
- "The Great Kat. Bloody Vivaldi CD. This woman is a myth of the metal!!! THE goddess of the human
deterioration and of the millennium end, uniting with brilliant idea
tortures and classic music. THE GREAT KAT IS
- Krepuskulum Magazine
- "Sadistic, immoral, bloody, vicious
- but talentuous here is the maestro of the 6 strings."
- Innate Magazine
- "Man, this is intense! Blood, Chains & Chainsaws, Large drills
being drilled into the chest cavity, boiling water and other pleasant
The Crusader E-Zine
- "Some of the fastest guitar and violin work I have ever heard."
UIC Today Magazine
"You will definitely find yourself partaking in this video more than
once, depending on your perversion level."
The Crusader Fanzine
"Every music aficionado would be completely struck in awe after hearing
Gothic Times Magazine
"The music bedazzles and paralyzes! For 2 minutes 12 seconds the
cyberspeed version of the classical blockbuster starts the revolution in
"If lightning fast guitar romps or half nude abusing dominatrix's or the
sight of multiple torture devices sound anything like your cup of
shed-blood, then your money's already in the mail!"
"This video is totally sick with insanely intense guitar shredding."
Metalurgy's "Live Evil"
"KAT is more than proving that she is a God of guitar
shred and has now advanced in the visual world. Watch in horror as KAT
serves the dementia up on a silver platter or fret board."
"The Great Kat is someone special - it's the
phenomenon, because - it's not enough that she's beautiful woman, more -
she knows what the guitar is all about and she plays it perfectly and
Morbid Noizz Magazine
"The version of Vivaldi's 'The Four Seasons' is my
favorite showcasing Kat's incredible violin technique and speed."
The Crusader Fanzine
"'Blood' was another audio assault that grabbed me by
the throat for an all too brief 39 seconds of total terror as I
envisioned hunting and grizzly images a la Kubrick's 'The Shining'."
"This is the sickest 2 1/2 minutes ever captured on film!
'Torture Chamber' is a visual and aural orgasm."
Good Times Magazine
"A triumph of imagery meshing pleasure with pain, music with masochism,
theatre of the mind with mind-blowing classically-propelled metal."
Long Island Entertainment Magazine
"With blistering speed and impressive metal chops, The Great Kat
has injected classical music with "cyberspeed," bringing it into the
R. Scott Bolton
"She takes beautiful old classical compositions and whips them into
shape, abuses them, and spits them out as speed metal masterpieces."
"This is Heavy Metal and she is the master! An absolute musical genius.
Full speed, aggressive Metal from far beyond our time."
Metal Warriors "Heavy Metal News" Magazine
"Great musician, excellent combination of orchestra and metal, choatic
as romantic vocals/screams, great production, orgasmic solos from the
violin and now I AM A SLAVE TO
THE GREAT KAT!"
Death By Metal Zine
"She takes beautiful old classical compositions and whips them into
shape, abuses them, and spits them out as speed metal masterpieces."
"The Great Kat has created an unmistakable sound, and
her intimidating personality reaches for the jugular of any concert-goer
"High speed electric guitars and violins make the center of the music.
Blood, screams and torture surrounds the music of insanity."
Nordic Vision Magazine
"The biggest and best surprise was that The Great Kat
isn't all flash and gore, but a very intelligent person, which is a nice
addition to an already talented musician."
Inside Connection Magazine
"KAT is at her best when she transforms classical music
into blistering cyberspeed metal, no one can touch her."
"'Torture Chamber' and 'Blood' are
truly shocking pieces. The electric guitar sounds louder and louder, in
a dark crescendo, and the voice of the artist makes the listener's hairs
stand on end. "
"The velocity and harmony accomplished by Katherine Thomas
on this CD is absolutely amazing! Get a dose of speed! "
Infernal Nation Zine
"Insane guitar gymnastics. This is totally original and innovative, and
yes, heavy and extreme! "
Last Judgement Zine
"If you ever appreciated the beauty of Classical music and have respect
for the great composers and history you'll appreciate this CD-ROM. There
should be more releases like this."
Infernal Nation Zine
"The song 'Torture Chamber' is what it would sound like
if you were being murdered by a guitar wielding dominatrix."
Devil's Triangle Zine
"She's a bondage queen, an excellent musician and has a real penchant
for self-promotion. Let your fingers bleed, the future is cyberspeed."
The Fritz Magazine
- "An outrageous excess of virtuosism.
Hyper-perfectionist technique and killer riffs"
- Armando Mutilator
- "The new masterpiece 'Bloody Vivaldi' contains four
extremely well-executed Classical/Metal tracks, which stands for pure
virtuosity and eminent talent of the mighty Great Kat."
"Totally superb! Retaining all of the melodic glory of the original and
bringing it up to date with a bang, nay, an explosion of musical
dexterity and powerful passion.
'Bloody Vivaldi' has to be heard to be believed."
This Four Seasons' quality is prodigiously incredible!
Live Steel Zine
"The Great Kat separates herself from the others in her
field by combining speed metal and classical music, making this weird
combination a real winner."
The Inside Connection
"Most noteworthy is the speed at which these songs fly out at the
listener as being able to play so fast and be so precise are the
attributes of this accomplished player."
"Nobody can touch The Great Kat! You will never in your
life look at classical music the same after you hear Kat. I give this CD
The Risk Street Team
"This CD is a piece of Art. Extraordinarily played. The versions are
King of Lusitania Zine
"'Torture Chamber' rips at the flesh then gets a touch
twisted and industrial.
A way darker side of The Master Kat."
"Kat proves that She reached a so high level of genius that nobody can
be compared to her. The Great Kat is unique, The Great
Kat is genuine, She is really the best !"
"On Vivaldi's 'The Four Seasons' , speeeeeed merchant,
The Great Kat, unleashes yet another sonic burst of hyperspeed guitar
It's all a powerpacked 2:12, and damn good."
Metal Maniacs Magazine
"Once again The Great Kat shows you that no one can
match her musical genius and proves that it's one of the best CD-ROMS
ever made! Bravo!"
Good Times Magazine
"Opening with a lightning-speed rendition of Vivaldi's 'Four
Great Kat takes away all doubt of the range and scope of her virtuoso
talents. We are quite impressed with her ability to cross lines, push
the envelope, and cram her bleeding message down your gagging throat.
"The Great Kat is a female guitarist who plays virtuoso
guitar on such a high tempo and precision that is amazing. She is a
master of the guitars. "
"Bloody, shrieking, guitars screeching out the most evil and vile
of classical music your ears will ever bleed to. "
"This latest piece of recorded madness from guitar virtuoso "The
Great Kat" sees her continuing to take the classical music from
world famous composers and shred it up into a hundred million pieces
scattered on the floor - then piece it back together and record it about
ten times faster and louder.
That's what she does, and she's amazingly gifted at it."
Access to the Music Zone
"The four songs on the new CD, two Classical pieces, Vivaldi's
'The Four Seasons' and Sarasate's 'Carmen Fantasy,'
as well as two Kat originals, will absolutely change your heartbeat.
Speed, simply put, rules."
Long Island Entertainment Magazine
"Kat's ferocious speed demon way of playing guitar is
amazing. Kat comes in with a few quick punches and leaves the listener
"'Sarasate's Carmen Fantasy For Violin & Band', a
masterpiece of music that should prove an influence on bands heading in
"This video is some of the sickest I've seen. It all looks like a
mixture of a live performance, an S/M meeting and a satanic mass. It's
one of my favorite videos."
Marcus Karlsson's Homepage for Extreme Metal
"'Zigeunerweisen' is stamped by a duel of classical
violin virtuosity and THE GREAT KAT's cyberspeeding guitar riffs - I've
never heard something like this before."
"You have to strap yourself down when you listen to this vicious,
hyperspeed CD. Without The Great Kat where would
Classical Music be?"
Under The Corpse Zine
"Cyberspeed, The Great Kat's personal contribution to
the ongoing evolution to the genre of rock-n-roll, is a fusion of
classical and thrash, nasty adrenalinized speedmetal played at
Raging Smolder Music Review
"Her solos are incredible. She often plays arrangements of classical
songs like Rossini, Beethoven, ...but at a very high speed. This shows
her extreme dexterity."
Underground Heavy Metal Bands Page
"One of the most incredible guitarists I have ever heard. With
lightening speed, she moves at a pace that very few guitarists can
replicate. Impeccable timing and obviously classically trained, the
Great Kat is definitely talented."
Raw Indie Rock Zine
"Sarasate's Gypsy violin waltz, 'Zigeunerweisen,' a
mere 1:13, yet brimming with inventive licks at lightning warp speed."
Metal Maniacs Magazine
"If you have a sense of humor and a taste for the unusual, plunge on
ahead and let this Juilliard-trained violinist turned guitar-wielding
dominatrix offer you her cyberspeed renditions of Beethoven, Paganini
"Kat's hyper-driven humor and aggressive presence may
be exactly what is needed to set straight the basics of Beethoven and
Marilyn A. Gillen
"Her music isn't heard; it's felt. Loud and constant, it cuts through
the listener's body like a blunt knife."
New York Post
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