"Zapateado" Music Video Review in Rough Edge Webzine
By R. Scott Bolton, Rough Edge Webzine

The Great Kat's "Zapateado" Music Video Review

"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 it all.

That's what the Great Kat does best and nobody does it better.

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