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Thy Catafalque is an Edinburgh in Scotland-based avant-garde metal band formed in 1998 in Makó in Hungary by Tamás Kátai. Bringing up such themes as time and space in the lyrics, Thy Catafalque create a blend of black metal, eastern European folk, space rock and industrial metal.

Current line-up consists of Tamás Kátai who is the only permanent member of the project.

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THY CATAFALQUE Sublunary Tragedies album cover 3.92 | 2 ratings
Sublunary Tragedies
Avant-garde Metal 1999
THY CATAFALQUE Microcosmos album cover 3.95 | 2 ratings
Avant-garde Metal 2001
THY CATAFALQUE Tűnő idő tárlat album cover 4.00 | 5 ratings
Tűnő idő tárlat
Avant-garde Metal 2004
THY CATAFALQUE Róka Hasa Rádió album cover 3.60 | 11 ratings
Róka Hasa Rádió
Avant-garde Metal 2009
THY CATAFALQUE Rengeteg album cover 4.14 | 16 ratings
Avant-garde Metal 2011
THY CATAFALQUE Sgùrr album cover 4.00 | 3 ratings
Avant-garde Metal 2015
THY CATAFALQUE Meta album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Avant-garde Metal 2016
THY CATAFALQUE Geometria album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Avant-garde Metal 2018


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THY CATAFALQUE Cor Cordium album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Cor Cordium
Symphonic Black Metal 1999

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The Early Works
Avant-garde Metal 2015

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THY CATAFALQUE Sublunary Tragedies

Album · 1999 · Avant-garde Metal
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THY CATALFALQUE has been going strong now for over 20 years and continues to find new refreshing ways to reinvent itself with each subsequent album but yet retains a distinct avant-garde style that sounds like no other. The project is basically the artistic endeavors of Tamás Kátai (vocals, keyboards, guitar, bass) who has led the project through the decades with an ever-changing cast of guest musicians however János Juhász (guitar, bass) was also considered a full member during his tenure from 1998-2011. The duo formed THY CATAFALQUE in Makó, Hungary but since then the project has moved to Edinburgh, Scotland. The term CATAFALQUE refers to a decorated platform or framework on which a coffin rests in state during a funeral which is the perfect moniker for this unique darkened band that mixes filthy aggressive black metal with industrial and ambient sounds along with healthy doses of homegrown Hungarian folk.

While Kátai has incrementally increased the sophistication of THY CATALFALQUE and thus earning the project the highest plaudits within the world of extreme metal for its sheer intensity and experimentation, the band began more or less as a second wave black metal band with symphonic and orchestral touches much in the vein of early Emperor only with a unique paprika fueled Hungarian twist that included a touch of the avant-garde. This debut album SUBLUNARY TRAGEDIES displays the band at its rawest and primeval with ferocious black metal riffs engaging in breakneck tremolo picking, explosive blastbeat drumming frenzies all drenched in Hungarian folklore and rhapsodies on fire. While the black metal aspects are perhaps the most fiery and frenetic of the project’s lengthy career, the more diverse elements emerge from the extensive use of keyboards that not only provide the darkened frigid atmospheres but also includes industrial heft as well as danceable electronica.

SUBLUNARY TRAGEDIES is a powerhouse of seven tracks that creates the ultimate Jekyll & Hyde musical scenario. On the black metal side, this is frenetic uptempo fury that is unleashed and sounds like a rabid dog on fire much like the first Possessed album however there are slow contemplative atmospheric brooding sessions as well as middle of the road mid-tempo variations. While the atmospheric black metal tones and timbres are fairly standard, the underpinnings of Hungarian folk music that is infused in the musical scales gives an eerie and exotic flair that allows the compositions to feel more epic than say the standard Darkthrone or Immortal albums. The metal is brutal and raw yet the album comes off as if it were a Bartok sort of classical album in many ways. The two aspects are at war with no clear resolution as to which side actually prevails. It is the dance of darkness and light much like the universe above and around. While the metal stampedes like a standard second wave band from Scandinavia, the time signatures and progressive touches take it somewhere else completely.

While THY CATAFALQUE has become world renowned for the exemplary releases that peaked from “Tűnő Idő Tárlat” to “Rengeteg,” these earlier recordings are just as compelling provided you can appreciate the lo-fi DIY efforts of an ambitious avant-garde black metal band during its nascency. While many metalheads either love the lo-fi no nonsense approach or prefer the more polished sounds of a production job, i actually embrace both sides of the equation. Black metal is one of those genres that can sound really outstanding either way and in the case of THY CATAFALQUE i think that these early lo-fi albums resonate just as well as the slicker accomplishments that followed. After all, it’s the compositional skills that really win me over with this band and in that department THY CATAFALQUE hit the ground running with its unique folk fueled orchestral black metal sound. After all is said and done, i find SUBLUNARY TRAGEDIES to be an outstanding slab of experimental black metal that shouldn’t be missed if you have already checked out the later albums.

THY CATAFALQUE Tűnő idő tárlat

Album · 2004 · Avant-garde Metal
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Thy Catafalque's Tűnő Idő Tárlat takes the electronic dabbling of the preceding Microcosmos even further, with some sections resembling full-on electronic dance music - but fear not, the Hungarian folk and black metal influences that inform subsequent and previous works by the group are rarely all that far off. The end result is a sort of black metal-via-Nine Inch Nails blend, with the abrasive elements of black metal somehow reconciled with the more catchy end of the industrial music spectrum. Thy Catafalque are juggling an awful lot of different ideas here, and whilst they don't quite bring them all together into a single whole, they come close enough that this is a notable success.


Album · 2011 · Avant-garde Metal
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This is the first Thy Catafalque album crafted by Tamás Kátai as a solo performer (with guests on vocals and cello), rather than as a collaboration with Juhász János on guitar - and to be honest, if I hadn't looked that up I wouldn't have guessed, because this pristinely produced exercise in blackened avant-metal with ample folk, prog and electronic influences and experimentation feels like a whole-band effort. The entire scope of Thy Catafalque's sonic universe is brought together in album centrepiece Vashegyek, a 14 minute tour de force which should win you over to Thy Catafalque's approach even if no other composition on here does. Pick it up if you like the idea of atmospheric black metal by way of early Tangerine Dream as performed for an Eastern European folk festival.


Album · 2001 · Avant-garde Metal
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This self-released album from the duo of project leader Tamás Kátai and guitarist János Juhász offers an impressively forward-thinking take on avant-garde black metal, the sound veering between roaring black metal fury, folky interludes and gentle electronic twinkling with an impressive smoothness. The production, especially for a self-released album, is impressively nuanced, going polished when polish would bring out the best in the music and lo-fi when a bit of raw, rough about the edges chaos is called for. It's an intriguing piece which has prompted me to look again at Thy Catafalque, and which deserves wider attention for the extent to which it still manages to be well ahead of the curve even compared to recent experimental black metal.


Album · 2011 · Avant-garde Metal
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Thy Catafalque manage the impossible. No one can maintain an atmosphere composed of such earth-crushing heaviness, such vibrant textural earthiness, and such a range of timbre like Thy Catafalque. Even the lyrics contribute to the album's massive, ancient atmosphere. I didn't imagine an endeavor like this was possible before I heard it. But Thy Catafalque doesn't just maintain that atmosphere on Rengeteg; they mold it into brilliant structure after brilliant structure. The grace with which the compositions dance around while maintaining their astonishingly heavy and organic atmosphere is astounding. The music weaves back and forth between deeply moving post-black metal progressions driven by 50-megaton blast beats and an eclectic range of industrial, rock, and folk, all the while maintaining that impossible atmosphere. Renegeteg contains some of the heaviest moments of music that I've ever encountered yet doesn't dwell on them like many bands do; it weaves them into its rich tapestry of sounds. Tamas Katai, who performs all the music on the album except the cello and clean vocals, is one of the most brilliant composers that I've come across. This is the first album of his that I've listened to, and it is an absolute masterpiece. Tamas is an artist of an incredible magnitude.

Rating: 9/10


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