The Great Kat

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The Great Kat
Birth name Katherine Thomas
Origin United States
Occupations Speed metal, heavy metal, thrash metal, neo-classical metal , power metal
Instruments Guitar, violin
Years active 1986–present
Labels Roadrunner
Website The Great Kat's website
Members Kat: Vocals / Guitars / Violin
Jeff Ingegno: Bass
Lionel Cordew: Drums
Past members Tom Von Doom, Chip Marshall, Adam Killa, Kevin Dedario, Scott Borrero

The Great Kat is the stage name of Katherine Thomas (born June 6, 1966 in Swindon, England), an English-born, New York-raised, musician best known for her thrash metal interpretations of well-known pieces of classical music. Most feature her using the electric guitar, but some have her on violin. Thomas is a classically-trained violinist, graduating from the Juilliard School and touring for a time playing conventional classical music before crossing over to metal.[1]

Guitar One magazine listed her as one of the "Fastest Shredders of All Time".[2][3] Her classical background, technical skills and self-promotion are sometimes compared to Yngwie Malmsteen. In an interview in metallian.com she claimed to be the reincarnation of Beethoven.

Kat's public persona, as portrayed in her publicity photos and videos, is mainly that of a dominatrix, albeit in a somewhat over-the-top, tongue-in-cheek manner.[neutrality is disputed]

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