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REVIEW IN ROUGH EDGE
"Beethoven's Guitar Shred" DVD (TPR Music; 2009)
(4 stars out of 4)
Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton
It's perhaps too easy to dismiss The Great Kat as just
another rock'n'roll circus performer, with her leather and stud
dominatrix outfit, her warpaint and the blood she's usually got painted
all over her. At least until you hear and/or see her play. Then, all
bets are off as that smirk on your face gives way to stunned amazement
which folds into (sometimes grudging) respect. This woman can shred with
the best of them and, in fact (as has been previously reported on these
pages) has been called one of the "Top 10 Fastest Shredders of All Time"
by Guitar One magazine and one of the "50 fastest guitarists of all
time" by Guitar World magazine. Not that you need those magazine's
declarations once you see her play.
But what makes The Great Kat's fretwork so impressive isn't just her
incredible speed but it's her clarity. She's playing classical music
tunes on an electric guitar (or sometimes violin) at the range of
somewhere around 300 beats per minute and you can hear every note. You'd
never expect anyone who plays as fast as The Great Kat does to play so
clean but, man, she nails it!
Her songwriting skills may not be the greatest (songs like "Islamosfascists"
can't help but make you laugh) but her skills as a musician cannot be
denied. And, on this DVD, her skills as a showman can't be denied,
either. "Beethoven's Guitar Shred" is entertaining from beginning to
end; from the jaw-dropping "The Flight of the Bumble-Bee to the
hysterically cheesy animated "Shred Kartoon."
If there's any complaint about this DVD, it's that -- like most of the
Great Kat's work -- it's far too short. All told, there's maybe twenty
minutes of entertainment here and, especially with her fiery speed, it
all goes too fast. Regardless, you can't deny this guitarist's talent
and "Beethoven's Guitar Shred" displays it perhaps better than anything
she's done before.
The Great Kat performs all shred guitars, shred violins, demonic vocals
and genius virtuosity.
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