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D-DAY'S REVENGE METALZINE'S REVIEW OF "BEETHOVEN SHREDS" CD
The Great Kat
While The Great Kat
has obviously been around for quite some
time; this particular album is one that
I feel is perfect for someone to hear
that is just learning about her music.
The song selections and order of said
songs makes for a great example of her
work. All of her greatness is defined in
this one neat package.
Yes, it is a short listening experience.
There are some power metal songs out
there that last as long as this entire
album. In fact, the length of these
songs would make something from The
Ramones appear epic in comparison. But
as The Great Kat herself explained to me
in an interview we did here for The
Metalzine, there is no need to have the
typical 3 minute song.
Her interpretations will "wow" anyone
that hears them. Personally, I don't
know how much more is really necessary.
To explain what I meant by this album
being the perfect mix, one only needs to
see the song list. There are numerous
guitar players out there that like to
attempt "The Flight Of The Bumble-Bee"
to show off their chops. I think that if
any of those others heard The Great
Kat's version, they would stop. The
speed and ferocity that she displays is
by far superior to any other I've ever
heard. A pure masterpiece and great way
to get the album started.
This is followed by what is probably the
best known classical song by the average
person, Beethoven's "5th Symphony". As
the metal reincarnation of Beethoven
(just ask her) she obviously kicks ass
on this one. I'm sure it will also drive
up sales of the original Beethoven just
because people will want to compare.
A Great Kat original, "Torture
Techniques" follows, and I love it.
While she may be known for the classical
interpretations, I am a HUGE fan of the
originals she puts out. There is still
the blistering guitars, but with those
growling vocals added as well. Lovely!
To round out the great line-up, we have
Bach's "Brandenburg Concerto #3",
another original: "IslamoFascists",
Bach's "The Art Of The Fugue" and
finally Paganini's "Caprice #24".
Whoever determined the order of these
songs is a genius. Very well rounded,
If you do not own other Great Kat albums
(and shame on you) go get this one! It's
like a 6 minute, mind blowing, guitar
fueled experience that you will want to
replay numerous times over before
finally setting it aside in exhaustion.
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