The Great Kat
|The Great Kat|
|Birth name||Katherine Thomas|
|Occupation(s)||Speed metal, heavy metal, thrash metal, neo-classical metal , power metal , Melodic Death Metal|
|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.
Guitar One magazine listed her as one of the "Fastest Shredders of All Time". 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 appears socially insecure, wherein her public persona, as portrayed in her publicity photos and videos, is mainly compared to that of a dominatrix, albeit in an over-the-top, abusive tongue-in-cheek manner.[neutrality is disputed]
- 1986 - Satan Says (Demo)
- 1987 - Worship Me or Die!
- 1990 - Beethoven on Speed
- 1996 - Digital Beethoven on Cyberspeed (EP)
- 1997 - Guitar Goddess (EP)
- 1998 - Bloody Vivaldi (EP)
- 2000 - Rossini's Rape (EP)
- 2002 - Wagner's War (EP)
- 2005 - Extreme Guitar Shred (DVD)
- 2008 - Total Insanity
- Ganz, Caryn. July 2003, SPIN Magazine, "http://books.google.com/books?id=N0HASap-qBoC&pg=PA34&lpg=PA34&dq=%22The+Great+Kat%22+%2Bjuillard&source=bl&ots=rGQyuMHUix&sig=vwIvagLDfBCA6hpwzjHXjZu2dBE&hl=en&sa=X&ei=5k7zUOSaIqH20gGHp4HgBg&ved=0CG8Q6AEwDA#v=onepage&q&f=false Faster, Pussy Kat, Kill!, Kill!".
- http://www.greatkat.com/59/articles/guitarone.html Greatkat.com
-  http://www.randyciak.com
- The Great Kat's Official Website
- http://www.guitarnoise.com/review/the-great-kat/ - favourable listener review of Wagner's War
- UnRated Magazine Beethoven's Guitar Shred
- http://tuned-out.com/?p=12 - Interview from Tuned-Out.com in Detroit. Reviews of Castration video with Kat's responses
- Music Legends Interview with The Great Kat