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Thy Catafalque: Sgùrr

Album Review

Charting a route from Hungary to black metal’s outer rim

Hungary’s Thy Catafalque don’t do anything by halves and its master, Tamás Kátai, pulls together a dizzying array of elements in order to create a work that is as delightful as it is completely out of this world.

Sgùrr begins life on uptempo, shimmering beats that move quickly and draw breath from traditional instrumentation and Hungarian folk music, with Alföldi Kozmosz spinning out into the infinite before being drawn back into Oldódó Formák A Halál Titokzatos Birodalmában’s thrilling electrical vibrations. Kátai performs much of Sgùrr himself and the record is a bombastic ride through his mind. 

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