Hungarian avant-garde metal outfit THY CATAFALQUE are unveiling the first stunning song taken from their forthcoming seventh album 'Meta', which will be out in stores on September 16th.
The track "Mezolit" is now exclusively streaming via Metalitalia
Regarding "Meta", mastermind Tamás Kátai comments: "The track 'Mezolit' ('Mesolithic') features two vocalists taking my place – my old friend, Lambert Lédeczy from AHRIMAN, MÖRBID CARNAGE, and TYRANT GOATGALDRAKONA and Gyula Vasvári from PERIHELION delivering the clean vocals. The song itself is set in prehistoric times, we cannot fully comprehend and at least for me it breathes a feeling of timelessness, like existing through aeons."
THY CATAFALQUE are simultaneously revealing the artwork and tracklist of 'Meta', which can both be viewed below. The cover picture has been hand painted by Bulgarian artist Agnessa Kessiakova.
3. 10^(-20) Ångström
4. Ixión Düün
5. Osszel otthon
6. Malmok járnak
7. Vonatút az éjszakában
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.
Tamás Kátai: vocals, guitar, bass, keyboards, programming, lyrics