The Great Kat
October 17th, 1666
THE GREAT KAT - TORTURE CHAMBER (video)
THE GREAT KAT - WAGNER'S WAR - TPR
THE GREAT KAT - WAR
THE GREAT KAT - ZAPATEADO - THOMAS
THE GREAT KAT - EXTREME GUITAR SHRED
Out of the many interesting discs recently brought before Ali "The Metallian" and the knights at Metallian Towers one has to be The Great Kat's Wagner's War. The review is elsewhere, but suffice it to say that we simply had to interview The Great Kat after hearing the material. Well, the time came and the interview was completed. Yet for purposes of authenticity please assume that all answers were screamed, follow-up questions were met with silence or derision and that The Great Kat likes to scream 'Die!!!!!!!' as often as possible - 07.08.2002
Thank you for calling. The title of your latest masterpiece is Wagner's War. Will you expand on the title for the readers of Metallian?
The title Wagner's War was chosen because Wagner's The Ride Of The Valkyries is the battle cry to war. The Great Kat has decided to confront the terrorist barbarians who viciously attacked my city -New York City - with Shred/Classical music on this new CD!
It has worked. The terrorists haven't attacked again. Still, will you talk more specifically about the songs?
Wagner's War features Act I: War: first there is Wagner's The Ride Of The Valkyries from the Opera Die Walküre. This music is the definitive battle cry to war, featuring opera singers, The Great Kat's opera singers, The Great Kat's symphony orchestra and shred band. Then there is War which is heavy and brutal and is an ode to war! Third there is Terror which is about terror, Horror and Murder!
Act II: Revenge features Punishment which is about Punishment to traitors. Humiliation is next and humiliation and revenge rips through this guitar shred fest.
Act III: Victory has Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody number two with The Symphony Orchestra and shred band joining together in this insane version of this famous rhapsody. Sarasate's Zapateado is where The Great Kat's lightning fast guitar technique and demonic violin virtuosity shine on this incredible virtuosic showstopper! You can download a music sample of Wagner's War CD at www.greatkat.com.
Is there a deeper meaning to your lyrics?
War, terror, punishment, humiliation. Get it? Go to The Kat web site at www.greatkat.com and hear samples of this outrageous music for yourselves.
OK. Your guitar playing and vocals are breathtaking. How many years have you practiced? How many years is that in human terms?
The Great Kat has been playing guitar for 15 years. I have been playing violin since 9 years old.
Speaking of which, you have such dexterous fingers. Which finger exercises do you practice?
The Great Kat is a violin virtuoso, who simply transcribes all violin solos, runs, and exercises to the guitar.
Do you actually use your fingers more or is it all in the wrist?
This is violin technique! That means its a combination of finger speed, picking, shifting, string, crossings and right hand/left hand and wrist mobility.
Since you are so talented, are guitarists like Yngwie Malmsteen, Ritchie Blackmore, etc. arrogant to tackle Classical music when there is The Great Kat's work out there?
The Great Kat is God.
Is that a yes?
The Great Kat is God! You can only compare The Great Kat to Beethoven!
You are a Juliard graduate. Have they asked you to come back and teach? Could they afford you?
The Great Kat is not a teacher. The Great Kat is a musical revolutionary.
Aren't revolutionaries also teachers?
Fine, enough about the guitar. Let us tackle your voice. Are you aware how you pleasure many when you open your mouth?
The Great Kat's screams are meant to bring out vicious, brutal and raw emotions.
OK. Are you positive proof that females are superior to males? That is, do you think pussy is better than a Tom Cat, that gods walk among man?
The Great Kat is God! Who cares about mere mortal men and women?
Were you to erect your own Kat Harem who would you place in it? Please please say Ali "The Metallian".
Yes, it is. When Jews and Christians hail their final prophets as the Messiah, are they blind to the true Messiah The Great Kat? If yes, why?
The Great Kat is the musical messiah!
What about Jews and the Christians?
In the same context, Seeing that you have millions of fans will it be possible that one day there will be a Great Kat goddess colony?
A colony of Kat slaves inhabiting this pathetic Earth is a brilliant idea!
Since you are now thinking about it, what would be the condition for admittance?
Absolute worship of the deity Kat.
Can we go back to Beethoven quickly? You have admitted to being an incarnation of Beethoven? How accurate is that? For while Beethoven might have been your equal in musicianship, surely you win out by virtue of a more intellectual outlook on life.
The Great Kat is the reincarnation of Beethoven. Enough said.
Your new opus Wagner's War is a claw in the face of all Allah worshipers. Do you think any of the nefarious terrorist organizations have taken notice of you yet? If yes, what is their reaction? Please reassure the fans that you are not in danger and you have taken the appropriate precautions.
The Great Kat specifically wrote Wagner's War to confront the terrorist barbarians who attacked my city - New York City.
You didn't really answer the question... Where in New York City do you live? Have you thought of running for office in that district?
The Great Kat lives in Manhattan.
Again that is not the complete answer. Anyway, have you been contacted by the political authority to license your work for public use? Perhaps on the battlefield or as a morning motivational symphony at governmental offices?
I'll keep you posted.
Thank you. I am sure you have been offered better and bigger recording contracts? Why have you refused thus far?
The Great Kat is the owner of my own record label, TPR Music.
I was under the impression that your sister owns TPR.
OK, perhaps I am on to something! Your fans want to see you live in concert. Have you thought of getting on the road and have Manowar either open for you or become your backing band?
Stay tuned to the Kat web site at www.greatkat.com for all tour dates and other Kat info.
I will use this opportunity to ask several personal questions of interest to those scratched by your claws. How do you remain so beautiful?
The Great Kat is God.
How do I become your slave?
That's a good question. One: spread the word of Classical/shred to the masses. Two, Go to every web site, chat room and internet group and scream The Great Kat is God! Three, get on all fours and bow to your mistress Kat, while I shove my boot up your butt.
I have an even better idea. How do I get to sleep with you?
Now bow to your messiah!
I suppose it can't be helped. The web site is www.greatkat.com in case you missed it!