Latest news: Fri, Aug 19 2016, THY CATAFALQUE
Hungarian avant-garde metal outfit Thy Catafalque are unveiling the second mind-bending song taken from their forthcoming seventh album 'Meta', which can be pre-ordered here (out September 16th). The beautiful track "Sirály" is now exclusively streaming via the official media partners below.
Regarding "Sirály", mastermind Tamás Kátai comments: "Sirály means Seagull and the track features Ágnes Tóth from The Moon And The Nightspirit on vocals and Judit Csere on cello. Ágnes was singing on previous albums as well and now she's back for this piece again. The song is more or less is an allegory of life and passing, inspired by the Scottish seaside trips with the blue North Sea and the white seagulls circling above it."
THY CATAFALQUE previously revealed the artwork and tracklist of 'Meta', which can both be viewed below. The cover picture has been hand painted by Bulgarian artist Agnessa Kessiakova.
Tamás Kátai: vocals, guitar, bass, keyboards, programming, lyrics
Attila Bakos: clean vocals on "Uránia"
Judit Csere: cello on "Sirály"
Ágnes Tóth: soprano on "Sirály"
Balázs Tóth: lead guitar on "Ixión Düün"
Orsolya Fogarasi: female vocals on "Malmok járnak"
Zoltán Kónya: vocals on "Malmok járnak"
Luci Holland: oboe on "Malmok járnak"
Gyula Vasvári : clean vocals on "Vonatút az éjszakában" and "Mezolit"
Lambert Lédeczy: vocals on "Mezolit"
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THY CATAFALQUE set out on a new musical journey. As always, mastermind Tamás Kátai has delivered a complex puzzle that takes time to even partially assemble, but the reward is a seemingly never-ending stream of rare moments that encapsulate deep emotions, profound visions, and lost memories that the patient listener will inevitably unearth.
With 'Meta', the Hungarian composer, lyricist, and multi-instrumentalist has taken a slightly more direct approach to his new songs than on recent sixth album 'Sgúrr' (2015). Harsh metal outbreak organically entwine with ethereal passages of stunning beauty, folkloric melodies contrast with progressive interludes. Nothing is ever predictable, yet after several spins and putting the pieces mentally together a coherent picture emerges.
THY CATAFALQUE originally emerged as a black metal band founded by singer Tamás Kátai with the aid of guitarist János Juhász. Following their joined debut 'Sublunary Tragedies' (1999), the Hungarians evolved into quite different directions, but steadily gaining more followers through 'Microcosmos' (2001) and the self-released 'Tűnő idő tárlat' (2004).
On their fourth album 'Róka hasa radio' (2009), THY CATAFALQUE invited Ágnes Tóth from the neo-folk outfit THE MOON AND THE NIGHTSPIRIT. Her haunting female vocals again grace the fragile pulchritude of new track "Sirály". With his fifth full-length 'Rengeteg' (2011), Tamás Kátai went solo with the aid of hired guest musicians, also including Ágnes Tóth. Long-time fans will be glad to witness the return of Attila Bakos, who sang 'Róka hasa radio' as well as 'Rengeteg' and now appears once more on the track "Uránia". Dubbing his eclectic musical amalgamation avant-garde metal, the Hungarian explored new sonic possibilities with 'Sgúrr'.
THY CATAFALQUE pose a challenge off any beaten genre track and definitely demand focused listening, but the harvest of such pleasant labour is a rich bounty of amazing soundscapes well worth any effort.
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