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Thy Catafalque


Experimental/Post Metal

3.99 | 54 ratings

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The Crow
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4 stars Rengeteg, one of my biggest surprises back in 2011!!!

Tamás Kátai is a very talented musician from Hungary, and Thy Catafalque is his alter ego. And after the departure of his long-time partner János Juhász the shadow of the doubt flew over this record, because Kátai had to do almost all by himself. But the fans were not disappointed when they heard this great record, one of the band's finest.

Maybe the production is a bit weak, and the drum's sound too crunchy, but the quality and originality of the music compensates it all. Rengeteg is a very interesting mixture between experimental metal and avant-garde following the best tradition of bands like Celtic Frost, but with a very progressive and retro sound that brings bands like the great (and deserving to be in Prog Archives) Amorphis to mind.

Fekete mezők opens this albums with a tasty death metal feeling, some black metal passages but with strong symphonic arrangements. The vocals are superb, specially because of Attila Bakos! Then comes Kel keleti szél, a gothic metal piece with excellent guitar melodies and a Hammond organ that automatically brings Amorphis to mind. Trilobita follows this path, not really progressive but with catchy and with pristine songwriting.

Kő koppan offers dreamy melodies with precious voices, cello and with an appropiate prog-folk sound which leads to Vashegyek, which is arguably the best song of Rengeteg with its female chorus and oriental melodies which derivate in a great alternative metal song. A must for all avant-garde fans!

Holdkomp is a good sample of electronic folk metal, while Kék ingem lobogó is another highlight of the album despite its simplicity. Just very well written! Az eső, az eső, az eső has an odd start, but then some good mellow guitars give way to another very good song. But the same cannot be said for Tar gallyak végül, an instrumental gothic tune wich is forgettable. A pity, because apart of this song and maybe also Holdkomp the album is almost flawless.

Minden test fű is just brutal death metal, with sharp voices and good drumming, but toward the ending give way to another marvelous accelerated prog-rock melody also influenced by Amorphis in my opinion.

Conclusion: at the end of Rengeteg, we leave really satisfied and grateful for this wonderful travel of dark sounding compositions, with enough complexity to satisfy all prog-metal fans while being accessible for more mainstream metal bands. I'm not giving this album five stars because two song which are not so brilliant (despite being good enough) and the weak production.

Best Tracks: all of them, with the exception of Tar gallyak végül and Holdkomp.

My rating: ****

The Crow | 4/5 |


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