"Zapateado" Video (TPR Music)
Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton
According to the American Heritage Dictionary,
"Zapateado" is "1. The rhythmic stamping and tapping of the heels
characteristic of Spanish flamenco dances" or "2. A Spanish flamenco dance in
which the performer stamps and taps rhythmically with the heels."
Attempting to dance to The Great Kat's
"Zapateado" video, however, is likely to cause severe injuries to both legs.
Taken from her "Wagner's War" CD,
"Zapateado" is a two-minute video (long by Great Kat standards) based on Spanish
composer Pablo de Sarasate's violin work. It's a stunning combination of the Great Kat's
unmatched guitar speed (Guitar One Magazine named her one of the top 10 fastest shredders
of all time) and riveting heavy metal violin work. Unlike some of her other work, however,
"Zapateado" actually sounds more like a tune rather than someone simply
trying to play as fast as they can. And, in the Great Kat's case, that's faster than hell.
Of course, although the video's heart is in the right
place, it's more than a little cheesy. But that's half the fun. As stunning as the Great
Kat's musicianship is (and it's breathlessly stunning), her outrageous and more than a
little frightening character add a big steaming chunk of rock'n'roll attitude to the
video. It's an amazing thing, really, to be impressed by her fretwork, a little scared at
her appearance and behavior, and still be able to laugh at the over-the-top flamboyancy of
That's what the Great Kat does best and nobody does it
For more information, check out http://www.greatkat.com.