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.
Mastermind Tamás Kátai comments: “The Greek term ‘Meta’ originally meant ‘beyond, over, through’, which corresponded to my vision of a journey through different times and life forms. I am fascinated by the idea of a circle of life, of existence in another form after the disintegration of our bodies, how we dissolve into earth, and how something very different is built from our cells that is still derived from the most basic elements of life. Musically speaking, a great number of guest musicians have contributed to ‘Meta’. Apart from Gyula and Lambert, Attila Bakos and Ágnes Tóth are each back for one song, and also Zoltán Kónya (GIRE). Balázs Tóth from CASKETGARDEN appears on lead guitar in one track and there are some oboe and cello as well. I assume all in all, ‘Meta’ comes across a tad friendlier than ‘Sgùrr’ was.”
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