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The Great Kat - Beethoven's Guitar Shred - TPR Music - 2009 [
Great Kat’s brand of lightning fast shredding on classical pieces
is back, this time with the “Beethoven’s guitar shred” DVD. So let’s see
what’s on offer here:
Flight of the Bumble-Bee: Joey DeMaio played it on the bass. Then John
Petrucci played it on guitar. And now Kat shreds the piece at a
blistering 300bpm, and it’s like watching the aforementioned in fast
Torture Techniques: A thrash metal interlude of sorts, that provides s&m
torturing instructions with a musical background that resembles
“Rhapsody in Blue”. Pretty f*cked up!
Paganini’s Caprice #24: Not much to say here, an incredible, blistering
rendition of the classic.
Blood: Another interlude, the bloody defacing of an altar with a grind
musical background (loved the high pitched screams!).
Beethoven’s 5th Symphony: An even speedier sounding version of what she
did on the now classic “Beethoven on Speed” album. Babababaaaam!
Islamofascists: A shred grind video, where Kat eloquently expresses her
patriotic feelings: “YOU DIE, YOU DIE”!
Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto #3: The most melodic of pieces presented
here, once again the result has to be heard to be believed!
Apart from the guitars, Kat can also be seen playing the violin on this
release (she’s a decorated classical violinist), and the performance on
both instruments is simply flawless. It’s also interesting to see how
her hand/finger placement and picking on the guitar are influenced by
her violin experience (for instance on the angle of the fret hand or the
wide finger reach).
The background images and scenery used on the clips are very well
produced and the vivid fetish/unholy imagery comes in full contrast with
the “intellectual” profile many neoclassical guitarists try to convey,
something that contributes greatly to the cult factor.
There’s also a few bonus clips, and the cartoon version (?!?) of “Flight
of the Bumblebee”, where an animated Kat beats a bumblebee to a pulp
using her guitar! This may seem like a lot of material, but the total
running time of it put together is somewhere around 15 minutes! Here
lies my only objection, because though impressive, it’s hardly enough.
However, the DVD is sold around $8 if I’m not mistaken, so you still get
your money’s worth.
That being said, you can’t help but wonder who the target audience for
this release is. Considering shreds at his speed will probably drive
most metalheads and classical music fans to a headlong rush against the
nearest wall, I guess the answer would be any of the following
categories: Fans of Kat’s previous work, aspiring guitarists who want to
study her technique, neoclassical metal fans that can’t get enough
speedy arpeggios, or anyone that wants to show his irritating jazz
buddies, just how much more technical metal can be!
As far as I’m concerned, it rocks but I want more! SHRRRRRRRED ON!!!
P.S.: In retrospect, this must be the only music video that includes
alluring cleavage and thigh displays, and yet you keep looking at the
hands… well at least the first couple of times, then you start looking
at the cleavage!
Review by: Asgardlord
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