The Great Kat Shreds The Classics.
The astonishingly talented middle-ground between anachronistic ‘violindustrial’ wunderkind Emilie Autumn and the practically synonymous masters of widdly riffage Dragonforce is tread by The Great Kat, whose 34 videos have collectively received over one million hits on YouTube. Kat has released her eleventh album, ‘Beethoven Shreds’ which includes speed demon versions of five renowned classical compositions, lacing these masterpieces with the fuel and fury of metal.
Dubbed one of the Top 10 Fastest Shredders/Guitarists of All Time by Guitar One Magazine and Guitar World, The Great Kat, also known as Katherine Thomas, is a brilliant Juilliard graduate violin soloist turned shred guitar goddess. Combining classical content with thrash ferocity one of Kat’s signature pieces is Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s Flight of Bumble Bee performed at over 300bpm. This storm of speed on both guitar and violin strings plays bafflingly fast, and while not peddling the epic party pieces of the likes of Dragonforce, Kat effectively crashes together two opposing musical forces with all the gusto that shines through in her intimidating performances.