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Review of 'Beethoven's Guitar Shred' by The Great Kat
Marjorie LaPrade, Boston Art Examiner
The Great Kat's "Beethoven's Guitar Shred"
February 4, 2014
We got our hands on The Great Kat's “Beethoven's Guitar Shred” DVD. It
features close-ups of her rapid finger work in music video formats. If
you like the musical revolution of metal/classical fusion, you'll love
it. Fair warning to classical purists: you'll find the music (and
probably the visuals, too) to be abrasive.
The main highlight of the DVD is the “Shred Videos”:
The first song and main theme to the DVD is “The Flight of the
Bumble-Bee.” The video shows a bright set with flora in saturated color.
This is your chance to see her play both the guitar and the violin with
equal skill and speed.
“Torture Techniques” is the first non-cover song on
the DVD. This is where The Great Kat's dominatrix persona really comes
out in a screaming S&M dungeon set.
It looks like the Great Kat had fun with a green
screen of fire in “Paginini's 'Caprice #24.'” This is yet another
example where we see her show her mastery on both guitar and violin,
complete with the imagery of blood on her face, religious themes, red
filters, and strobing lights. The speed of the violin and guitar somehow
makes me think of the themes in Charlie Daniel's Band's “The Devil Went
Down to Georgia” and Tenacious D's “Rock Off.” If a devil/demon figure
waged a bet on musical prowess, she would win.
The next original work is “Blood.” As a testimony to
the frenzy of her shredding, the storyline of this next video is a blur
of blood drinking at a murder scene with various religious scenes.
We watched “Beethoven's 'Fifth Symphony'” next. The
video clips look more like live performances with a band with a brief
theme of lightning and an image of Beethoven. The notable part of these
visuals are the fun angles. You'll be chained to your TV with this shiny
new metal version.
The last Great Kat original on this DVD is “Islamofascists,”
which is sure to be controversial. It looks like a set of a terrorist
organization. Prisoners are fully covered and wind up with slit throats.
With a little research, you can note that during an interview with Brian
Rademacher on Rockeyez.com, The Great Kat said she wanted to “wake up
the world to realize that the most important issue is the war on terror
and stopping the Islamic extremists from spreading their religious
insanity to the modern world! That’s the whole point of art, to wake up
the masses.” It's hard to deny that being a zealot of any doctrine can
become dangerous in the hands of the wrong people and it is true that
art is meant to change the world.
The Great Kat saved my favorite video for last, which
is “Bach's 'Brandenburg Concerto #3.'” It looks like a set for boudoir
photography with a masquerade theme; with ribbons, flowers, satin, and
pink colors (eww not pink!). However, it's a brilliant juxtaposition of
femininity to put against her usual brutal attire. Furthermore, you get
to see The Great Kat shred on 6 different guitars due to the splitscreen
panels. They also play around with what appears to be a posterize
In addition to awesome videos, there are “shred bonus features." The
“hot shred bits 2” is a montage of images from the music videos and
promotional images. “Shred geniuses” contains biographical pictures and
short explanations of her inspiration in music, science, literature and
history in general. It's very fast cut, so you may need to pause it a
few times to read the descriptions. We have done that for you.
-Gioacchino Rossini: Opera composer, “King of Crescendo”. Had a mental
-Edgar Allen Poe: Alcoholic, tortured writer of “The Raven”: “Once Upon
A Midnight Dreary...”
-Joan of Arc: Woman warrior. Called a Witch. Burned at the Stake.
-Galileo Galilei: Inventor, astronomer and rebel. Convicted of heresy.
-Madame Curie: Revolutionary Woman Scientist. Discovered radium and died
-Theodore Roosevelt: U.S. President. Asthmatic weakling turned bully.
“Speak softly and carry a big stick.
-Hieronymus Bosch: Painter of sinful, freakish, devilish and bizarre
-Richard Wagner: Opera composer of “The Ring”. Notorious womanizer.
-George Washington: 1st US President, Father of the country, “I cannot
tell a lie.”
-Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Musical genuis. Child prodigy. Allegedly
poisoned by rival Salieri.
-Johann Sebastian Bach: Genius Baroque composer. Went blind. Fathered 20
children. Bach died composing the musical notes “B. A. C. H” heard in
“the Art of the Fugue”
-Ludwig Van Beethoven” Greatest classsical composer. Composed the
greatest classical masterpierce, “symphony #9” while deaf
-She then lists herself and says: "Shred guitar and violin virtuoso
revolutionary. The new Beethoven."
Anything not mentioned? According to an interview in the
Aquarian Weekly by Nick Perkel, she was inspired to change her
attention to the metal scene by a music video from Judas Priest. She
said, “The Juilliard School encouraged and trained me to be an
aggressive, competitive, unrelenting, technical violin virtuoso!”
She also mentions DaVinci, Van Gogh, and Nietzsche in a rockeyez
interview as well as Jimi Hendrix, and Randy Rhoads in an interview on
guitarinternational.com with Jesse James Mazzoccoli.
Metal Fugue: This is The Great Kat's version of “Art of the Fugue” by
Bach. This is a simple green screen video showing an electric star burst
background and her headbanging to the music she makes.
A fun extra feature is the Shred Kartoon. This is a cartoon version of
the video for “The Flight of the Bumble-Bee.” They drew the same set as
the real video, but with distorted perspectives. We don't want to give
too much away from this experience.
Don't ignore the shred online option. This has information about her
website and hotline. According to that same interview with
Jesse: The Shred Hotline mentioned on your video: What can callers
expect when they call in?
The Great Kat: All Kat Slaves wanting to interact with The High
Priestess Of Guitar Shred can call the Shred Hotline at 631-549-7578. If
the Queen of Speed feels like blessing Kat slaves with Godly brilliance,
the The Great Kat will actually call them. Otherwise, leave a message.”
We called it and said “we're not worthy, we're not worthy!” We're still
waiting for a return phone call.
Despite the brevity of content (just shy of ten minutes in length), The
Great Kat's "Beethoven's Guitar Shred" features several entertaining
videos that'll make you say "WTF?" - whether you care for her music or
not. This is one musician that this writer would love to see live.
You can purchase the DVD on
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