Origin: Mako, Hungary  
Genres: Eclectic Metal
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Last update/review: July 3, 2023

Thy Catafalque

Thy Catafalque started humbly in 1998 as a duo featuring Tamás Kátai and János Juhász, both having previously played together in a band called Gort. On earlier efforts such as 2001's Microcosmos the focus was on raw, tinny symphonic black metal, with some inventiveness that hinted to the future, and by 2009 the pair were beginning to branch out a bit, incorporating some folk and ethnic flair, even as the core was still black metal. But following that year's Róka Hasa Rádió album Juhász departed, leaving Kátai to forge ahead as a solo act, and in doing so Thy Catafalque has blossomed and flourished into one of the most unique and inventive entities in metal. Though technically a one-man band, there are always several guests that have partaken on their later albums, and no doubt their participation adds to the breadth and diversity of the songs. Black metal is no longer the base and only occasionally appears, but among the many genres touched on later albums include folk, electronica, symphonic/classical, and intriguing progressive metal -- truly the kind of band for which the term "avant-garde" metal is suited. Remarkably, Thy Catafalque has a quality that very few bands possess, in that individual songs are both quite distinct from each other and yet somehow still contain a certain something that identfies them as Thy Catafalque. All of the albums starting from, say, 2016's Meta are highly recommended, though if pressed for favorites, Geometria and Vadak might win. For years Kátai maintained that the project would be studio only and would not play live, but he was persuaded to do so, resulting in the Mezolit album featuring many of the folks who have guested over the years.

Current Members

Tamás Kátai

vocals/all instruments

Former Members/Guests

János Juhász

guitars/bass



Discography



Sublunary Tragedies  
1999
  1. Erdgeist
  2. Ashesdance
  3. Triumph Lightless
  4. Come Lateautumn Rains
  5. Via Millennia
  6. Rota Mundi
  7. Static Continuance
  • Tamás Kátai
  • János Juhász



Microcosmos  
2001
  1. The Sileni and Sylvans and Fauns
  2. Mirkwood Sonnet
  3. These Are the Clouds
  4. Paths Untrodden
  5. Deathless Souls Roam
  6. Micro to Macro
  7. Panta Rhei
  8. Desolatio
  • Tamás Kátai
  • János Juhász



Tuno Ido Tarlat  
2004
  1. Varjak fekszenek
  • Tamás Kátai
  • János Juhász



Róka Hasa Rádió  
2009 Epidemie
  1. Szervetlen
  • Tamás Kátai
  • János Juhász



Rengeteg  
2011 Season Of Mist
  1. Fekete mezok
  2. Trilobita
  3. Ko koppan
  4. Vashegyek
  5. Holdkomp
  6. Az eso, az eso, az eso
  7. Minden test fu
  • Tamás Kátai



Sgurr  
2015 Season Of Mist
  1. Jura
  2. Keringo
  • Tamás Kátai



The Early Works  COMPILATION
2015
  1. Erdgeist
  2. Ardor et Cygnus
  3. Tide Opulent
  4. On Withering Lands
  5. Desolatio
  6. Erdgeist
  7. Ashesdance
  8. Triumph Lightless
  9. Come Lateautumn Rains
  10. Via Millennia
  11. Rota Mundi
  12. Static Continuance
  13. The Sileni and Sylvans and Fauns
  14. Mirkwood Sonnet
  15. These Are the Clouds
  16. Paths Untrodden
  17. Deathless Souls Roam
  18. Micro To Macro
  19. Panta Rhei
  20. Desolatio



Meta  
2016 Season Of Mist
  1. Osszel Otthon
  2. Mezolit
  • Tamás Kátai



Geometria  
2018 Season Of Mist
  1. Hajnali Csillag
  2. Gote
  3. Balra A Nap
  4. Tenger, Tenger
  • Tamás Kátai




Naiv  
2020 Season Of Mist
  1. Tsitsushka
  2. Veto
  • Tamás Kátai




Zápor  EP
2020
  1. Neath Waters 2020
  • Tamás Kátai



Vadak  
2021 Season Of Mist
  1. Szarvas
  • Tamás Kátai




Mezolit - Live At Fekete Zaj  LIVE
2022 Season Of Mist
  1. Jura
  2. Mezolit
  3. Trilobita
  4. Fekete Mezok
  5. Szarvas



Alföld  
2023 Season Of Mist
  1. A csend hegyei
  2. A Folddel Egyenlo
  3. Csillagot Gorgeto
  • Tamás Kátai





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