Chuck Schuldiner Project

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Thy Catafalque - Sgurr

Thy Catafalque are an interesting band, they always have been and they always will be - that's not what makes their latest offering, Sgurr so special though. What makes it special is the unique way that it presents the artistry of Tamas Katai the genius behind the music. The immaculate blend of folks ideas with classical elements as well as - of course - heavy metal is stunning and leaves you spinning the record again and again. Thy Catafalque truly get what they want to do, and how to execute it, leaving the listener wholly satisfied and often in awe.

While the strings are probably a highlight of the record there is so much more to it than that. The way that musical genres and even entire movements are blended together seamlessly showing off influences from across the centuries, is truly inspiring. The drum work in particular never fails to blow my mind. These guys push forth with intricate compositions that leave you scratching your head - simply because they are so goddamn good. When you immerse yourself in a record that has a sense of sublime poetry like Sgurr does it's hard not to be enamored with it. Lyrical and endlessly fascinating Sgurr sees the band pushing limits harder than ever and leaving you in awe of what these guys can do.

The point being - Sgurr is incredibly intelligent, but not really a dense listen - a nearly impossible balance to strike, but one that makes this record incredibly addictive. There's a lot to unpack here but you could probably play it to your mother. See - Thy Catafalque are making meaningful additions to the Western canon and I think that the more they descend into compositional brilliance the more people from outside the metal world are going to have to pay attention. There is no other band in the world like these dudes and if you're not ready for your paradigms to be shifted and your mind blown then you might as well not listen in the first place.

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