Roel de Haan : The Hungarian avant-garde metal act Thy Catafalque are back with their eighth album. ‘Geometria’ follows the excellent album ‘Meta’ and Thy Catafalque has some expectations to fulfil. I’m happy to announce that ‘Geometria’ surpassed my expectation and that is no mean feat!
Thy Catafalque specialises in cinematically tinged metal in which no influence is off limits. Be it jazz, pop, folk, black metal, industrial or whatever, it’s all fine. Thy Catafalque are able to combine all these elements into an album that actually sounds coherent. Sometimes catchy and even danceable (‘Gote’) which has a certain Solefald feel, or heavy and brutal like on the song ‘Szamojéd Freskó’. With help from some guest musicians of which Martina Veronika Horváth (Nulah) and Gyula Vasvári (Perihelion) deliver the most interesting contribution as vocalists. Compared to ‘Meta’, ‘Geometria’ is more consistent yet equally dynamic and atmospheric with an increased amount of electronic influences. Once again a remarkable album by Thy Catafalque and highly recommended for fans of bands like Solefald, Manes and Ulver.