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Album Review

Running through four pieces (none of which are more than two minutes long) in a scant six and a half minutes, Rossini's Rape leads off with a version of the titular composer's William Tell Overture, arranged for a combination of speed metal band and orchestra (which here features both live and MIDI instruments). The next two, "Sodomize" and "Castration," are Great Kat originals keeping with her über-dominatrix persona. Musically, these are the most interesting and feel the least like novelties — sort of Slayer meets Yngwie Malmsteen, except fronted by a shrieking female violinist, which actually adds a new dimension to the sinister feel of the music. The set closes with an adaptation of Bazzini's "The Round of the Goblins." The Great Kat is without a doubt an amazingly accomplished musician, but the problem on Rossini's Rape is the production, which often muddies the arrangements and prevents listeners from picking out the individual instrumental parts — and, thus, the full extent of her virtuosity can get lost in the frantic chaos.

Biography

Genre: Metal

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Guitar virtuoso the Great Kat was born Katherine Thomas in Swindon, England. After her family moved to Long Island, Thomas began studying music, taking up piano at age seven and violin two years later. Thomas won a scholarship to Juilliard and studied classical music, but upon graduating with honors, she took up heavy metal guitar in addition to violin and retooled herself as the Great Kat. Billing herself as the "High Priestess of Shred Guitar" and "the Reincarnation of Beethoven," the Great Kat...
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