Thy Catafalque: Vadak-2021.

Thy Catafalque is an avant-garde metal band formed in Makó, Hungary, later based in Edinburgh, Scotland, after the relocation of its founder.

The band was formed by Hungarian musician Tamás Kátai, along with a bandmate from a previous group, Gort. In their early years, the band started off as an “Avantgarde post-black metal project”. As time progressed, the band left most of their traditional black metal influences behind for an “extreme variety of songs” in their 2004 album, Tűnő Idő Tárlat.[1] In February 2009, the band was signed to the avant-garde independent record label Epidemie Records. They have had a number of guest musicians over the years, including vocals by Ágnes Tóth of neo-folk duo The Moon and the Nightspirit.

In 2009, they released their concept album Róka Hasa Rádió, about “the relationship between the ever evolving, solid and massive physical matter and the fragileness of humans and all living spirits, throughout distant childhood memories and scientific explanations of nature. Revolving, rotating movements of past and future, colours, sounds, long lost scents by a strange transmission from a timeless radio.”[2] It features a mix of atmospheric instrumental music, Hungarian folk elements and traditional black metal, making it very experimental.[3] The album narrowly missed the winner’s place in the 2009 HangSúly Hungarian Metal Awards, which was won by Dalriada.[4]

In 2011 the band signed to Season Of Mist.[5] Their fifth album entitled Rengeteg released in 2011 was the first Thy Catafalque album written and recorded by Tamás Kátai alone without János Juhász, who did not contribute to the recording this time.


Sublunary TragediesFull-length1999
Cor CordiumDemo1999 
Tűnő idő tárlatFull-length2004
Róka hasa rádióFull-length2009
The Early WorksCompilation2015 
Róka hasa rádió / RengetegCompilation2017 
Köd utánamBoxed set2020 
Erdgeist 2021Single2021 
Tamás Kátai
Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Keyboards, Samples, Programming (1998-present)
See also: ex-Darklight, ex-Gire, ex-Gort, ex-Towards Rusted Soil, Kátai Tamás, Neolunar, ex-Nebron

Past Members:

János JuhászGuitars (1998-2011)
See also: Damnation, ex-Gort

Guest Musicians:

Martina Veronika HorváthVocals (tracks 1, 2, 9, 10)
Gábor DudásVocals (track 1)
Gábor VeresVocals (track 5)
András VörösVocals (track 8)
Breno MachadoGuitars (lead) (tracks 1, 2, 5, 9)
Carolina DíezGuitars (acoustic) (track 7)
Patricio BöttcherSaxophone (track 6)
Artem KoryapinSaxophone (alto), Saxophone (tenor), Trombone, Trumpet (track 7)
Dadan BogdanovićSaxophone, Trombone, Trumpet (track 8)
Péter JelasitySaxophone (track 9)
Andrei “Solomonar” OlteanRedpipes (track 2)
Sean PádraigDuduk (track 8)
Loay MakhoulTabla, Dumbek, Riq (track 8)
Chris LyonsViolin (track 9)
Artem LitovchenkoCello (track 10)
Julia PfiffnerVocals (female) (track 6)

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