The Great Kat
The Great Kat
|Birth name||Katherine Thomas|
|Born||6 June 1966|
|Genres||Speed metal, heavy metal, thrash metal, neoclassical metal, power metal, melodic death metal|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, violin|
|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|
Katherine Thomas (born 6 June 1966), best known by her stage name The Great Kat, is an English musician best known for her thrash metal interpretations of well-known pieces of classical music. Most feature her using the electric guitar, but on some she uses the 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.
- 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 (compilation)
- Ganz, Caryn. July 2003, SPIN Magazine, "https://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