I found Thy Catafalque late last year in my rediscovery of metal. I was pretty sick of the metal that was coming out of the US, and bands I did enjoy from the US weren't putting out anything interesting. I think I found Thy Catafalque while browsing Last.fm's similar artists feature (though it very well could have been browsing new releases in RDIO). Thy Catafalque is a one man force: Tamás Kátai, sort of like Nine inch Nails and Trent Reznor. So I can seriously appreciate that.
Hailing from Hungary (this blew my mind) and singing entirely in Hungarian, their sound is some of the most diverse music from a single band I've heard. Apparently categorized as Avant Garde metal, Kátai mixes symphonic strings with electronic overtones, with pulsating drums and seriously heavy rhymic guitars- often in a single track. Reneteg is absolutely an adventure and your ears will love you for taking them along. Often a song will start out über metal , then wind down to a symphonic almost lullabye, then take off on an electronic dance tour. Seriously, I cannot say enough amazing things about this band and their diversity. They even pinch my music nerve- a disco beat. Stand out tracks:
- Fekete mezok
- Az eső, az eső, az eső
8.99 on Amazon mp3 and worth every cent.