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August 23, 2019

Interview Thy Catafalque

Thy Catafalque 2016

Avant-garde metal from United Kingdom!

Hi! Tell me about Thy Catafalque. Why did you decide to name the band with such title? What kind of ideas do you explore?

Hi! The name comes from my college studies. I was studying English Literature and at that time I was totally falling into Shakespeare’s world.  This expression is my own creation but these words are coming from Medieval Shakespearean times. I remember, first it was only Catafalque, János even designed a logo for it and later I added Thy, what was a good move considering there was already 3 Catafalques around. We however didn’t know about any at that time.

Meta” album was released several days ago. How does that make you feel? Do you feel you have put album into masses without any wishes to change something now?

I feel all right about the album. I couldn’t make any better one at the moment, so it’s ok as it is.

Tell me more about “Meta”? Album conception etc…

Meta is a Greek expression, meaning through or over something and the main idea is the cycle of life. Life in different forms. Like when we die, our body dissolves in the earth and the tiny, atomic elements of it are becoming the part of something else. Parts of the earth, or water and then some travel through the roots up to an oak and then it becomes an element in one of the million leaves of the tree getting eaten by a caterpillar. Then it might end up in the belly of a bird and so on. This unbroken travel of matter through different lifeforms what I was trying to grasp.

Thy Catafalque is one-man project still; wouldn’t you like to have several people line-up?

We were a duo until 2011, so on our first four albums we both worked on the music with a good number of guest musicians and guests are still around on the new albums as well. So I can enjoy the company and talent of others. However as there are no gigs, I am comfortable without a proper, traditional line-up and I can do most of the recordings myself at home. Of course sometimes it would be very handy to hear opinions while composing but I can always ask friends for advice. This way I can have total artistic and creative freedom and it’s paramount even if there are disadvantages.

Where do you take all inspiration from?

Art, nature and the inner and outer world.

In your opinion, what is the best way to define Thy Catafalque’s sound?

Well , I always smile when I see people calling TC progressive metal. I am a fully untrained player and it’s totally absurd to put my stuff into the same box as Dream Theater and such. And honestly I don’t even listen to those classic prog metal bands. Avant-garde metal is fine for me. It means it’s more or less out of any boxes. But we have started as a black metal band and black metal will always be part of the sound.

So, are you on hiatus now, just relaxed and looking for album feedbacks, or did you started to compose new stuff immediately?

This is interview-time. I have not started working on any new music, I need to gather inspiration now and I’m not in a hurry. This year has been pretty busy with music but in the end of day, there are many more important things in life.

What are your main musical influences? How huge is their influence in your sound?

Well, I guess my main influences are metal, electronic, classical and folk music, but the thing is I am notoriously interested in all branches of art, not only music and they do have a lot of influence on me, possibly even more than music itself.

Is there some well-known musician in particular that you would like to use in one of your upcoming albums?


What is your personal strategy for making your music heard by a larger audience?

I have no strategy. I make music, try to have it released one way or another, like the Neolunar album was self-released, just like in the old days and that’s it. I care about music, lyrics, artwork and the rest is boresome for me. You see, I suck in marketing and I don’t pretend I am enthusiastic about it.

Do you have any other hobby beside music?

Yes, I love photography and hiking. Getting lost in the Highland mountains and forests. Seeing the world.

What does your pseudonyms means?

Pseudonyms? Do I have any? Oh yes, there was Avar in the beginning of Thy Catafalque. János decided to take up the pseudonym Namtar when we started the band and I had to choose something as well because it would have looked silly  to be Namtar and Tamás Kátai. It means fallen leaves under trees. We left stupid names after the second album though.

Are you all supported by your relatives towards your devotion to music?

Yes, my parents have always supported me. I am really lucky to have a great and loving family.

How’s the metal scene in Scotland right now? Is it easy to play gigs, to buy records etc there these days?

I have no clue, I rarely visit any gigs because there are not many in Edinburgh and I won’t travel to Glasgow for any band really. That’s because I’m not too interested in any scene. If there is something for me here in the city, I go for sure. Recently I saw Fleshgod Apocalypse, Negura Bunget or Brujeria. But generally I’m not a scene person.

Btw, what was the reason of your moving to Scotland from Hungary?

Financial and private reasons. I left with my girlfriend to find jobs and the possibility to live together.

Thank you for answering my questions, see ya on the road!

Thank you for your questions and see you on the road when I hitchhike. Please, take me up.