- HOME PAGE
- KAT STORE
- HOT PHOTOS
- KAT BIO
- CLASSICAL COMPOSERS
- REVIEW COPIES
- CONTACT KAT
- THE GREAT KAT'S “BEETHOVEN ON SPEED” ALBUM
- GROUNDBREAKING MASTERPIECE! NOW available for DOWNLOAD!
“The wave of the future might well be heavy-metal Beethoven by way of Juilliard. Ms. Kat's ‘Beethoven on Speed’ album elevates furiousness to a would-be world view. It is built on speed-rock electric guitar solos (fast, virtuosic, nearly everything articulated with frenzied right-hand strumming and manic left-hand skittering up and down the fret board, the general esthetic being more-notes-per-second equals better). To which she adds hoarse imprecations for her ‘slaves’ to grovel before her and her overpowering genius.” – John Rockwell, The New York Times
- WARNER MUSIC GROUP has just released The Great Kat's "BEETHOVEN ON SPEED" as Digital Downloads/Streaming!
THEN: New York Times
featured story on The Great Kat’s “Beethoven On Speed” –
John Rockwell declared: “The wave of the future might well be
heavy-metal Beethoven by way of Juilliard”
NOW: Retailing giant Tesco’s TV commercial for “Call of Duty:
Ghosts” Features The Great Kat’s Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons.”
On Sept. 18, 1990,
“BEETHOVEN ON SPEED” Album, produced
by The Great Kat, Monte Conner and Jon Mathias, was released on
Roadrunner Records. The Great Kat
Shook Up SPEED METAL with Never Before Heard Mixture of
authentic Classical Music & Speed Metal Guitar!
This revolutionary album, “Beethoven On Speed” is now featured
in “America’s Beethoven” Exhibit at the “American Beethoven
- THE GREAT KAT'S
"BEETHOVEN ON SPEED"
one has exploited Beethoven to the extent that Katherine Thomas,
known as The Great Kat, has. She does not just play Beethoven:
she considers herself Beethoven reincarnated. In a
male-dominated field, heavy metal, she is virtuosic,
transgressive, and aggressive. The Great Kat, Beethoven on Speed
CD. The Great Kat, Beethoven Shreds CD"! -Michael Broyles, THE
AMERICAN BEETHOVEN SOCIETY
- HEAR MP3 CLIPS from "BEETHOVEN ON
GUITAR WORLD MAGAZINE NAMES THE GREAT KAT "50 FASTEST GUITARISTS OF ALL
"The Great Kat. SIGNATURE SONG: 'The Flight of the Bumble Bee'. Beethoven on
"The Great Kat, 'Beethoven On Speed'.
Psychofrantic, unrelenting dose of furious and fast guitar licks. The Great Kat
definitely has chops - honed on classical concert violin - and she takes them to
new gothic heights." -
- The wave of the future might well be heavy-metal
Beethoven by way of Juilliard. - John Rockwell, The New York Times Article on
The Great Kat "Is This Kat Krazy Like A Fox"
"Today is Ludwig Van Beethoven's 246th birthday, and what better way to celebrate that than with a brutal Beethoven Mosh, courtesy of everybody's favorite thrash queen The Great Kat. Yes, Kat is still going strong, and it looks like she'll be going to thrash our little planet forever. In 2017, there will be a brand new DVD."
"'The Great Kat' strikes a Beethovenian
pose. Forget 'Roll Over Beethoven.' the
master has been subjected to a version of
his Fifth Symphony called Beethoven On
Speed, created by one who bills herself as
'The Great Kat.' A Juilliard graduate still
based in the Big Apple, 'Kat' has combined
classical music with 'music of the 21st
century' to come up with a genre she calls 'Hyperspeed.'"
"The Great Kat. Beethoven On Speed
can be looked upon as a paving stone,
primarily in the avenues of grind metal and
tech metal that's quickly becoming the rage.
Kat dishes out perhaps the fastest version
of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's 'Flight of the
Bumblebee' we've ever heard." - Ray Van
The Metal Minute Blog
Kat Metalizes Beethoven On Speed. Exudes the
self confidence and balls of John Wayne,
Lucretia Borgia and Billy The Kid all in
one." - Kevin Sharp,
Metal Mania Magazine
- "On September 18, 1990, Roadrunner Records released an album that was to change the world of heavy metal guitar forever! 'Beethoven On Speed' by THE GREAT KAT shook up the speed metal genre with its never-before-heard mixture of authentic classical music and shredding guitar! Celebrate the 25th anniversary of this now-iconic album by Uber Rock's favourite guitarist by doing everything today at 25 times the speed you would normally do it!"-Gaz,
- "FIFTEEN SONGS
FOR INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY. The Great Kat -
Flight Of The Bumblebee. Mad as a whistle to
some, a shredding mastermind to others, The
Great Kat is a guitar and violin virtuoso gone
wild. During her career she mostly turned
classical pieces into speed metal tunes. Why?
Well, I guess she just was the first person on
earth who discovered that headbanging on
Beethoven is perfectly possible." - by Serge
Timmers, Merchants Of Air READ at
- The Great Kat. On 'Beethoven On
Speed' she melds metal and classical so skillfully that if Beethoven
were alive today he'd have been a head-banging metal maniac." -
Dan Aquilante, New York Post
The Great Kat "ROLL
OVER, BEETHOVEN...and let Kat tell ya the news"
"The Great Kat - Beethoven On Speed. Album full of references to legendary classical composers and metal renditions of classical standards...Juilliard trained guitarist and violinist, out of her mind dominatrix Katherine Thomas, aka The Great Kat. This recording is pure, magical insanity." -
"A Beginner's Guide To Heavy Metal #17 - Shred"
"The Great Kat's
earbludgeoning Beethoven on Speed album would certainly cause old Ludwig
to roll over in his grave. This self-anointed 'hyperspeed guitarist' and
Juilliard graduate dared to unite classical and speed metal" -
"Dangerous Women" CD featuring The Great Kat's "Beethoven Mosh"
"Beethoven On Speed" CD Named "10 ESSENTIAL TRASH METAL ALBUMS" - La
Religion del Rock Pesado
The contents of all music, photos, graphics, text and
videos are protected by copyright
and may not be used or reproduced without prior express written authorization from the