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“Worship Me Or Die” (remastered) by The Great Kat

Artist: The Great Kat
Title: “Worship Me Or Die” (remastered)
Label: Metal Mind Productions
Release Date: 10/8/2007
Genre: Thrash Metal
Rating: 1.5/5

I’m not going to lie and say that I was happy to see this album remastered and re-issued for the Metal fan of today because I am very clearly not nor have I ever been a fan of the brand of Shred Metal that The Great Kat has long declared her mastery over. Yet here we have the special edition limited re-issue by those folks at Metal Mind Productions who sometime last year gained the rights to release dozens upon dozens of early Roadrunner Records albums. They upgraded the packaging and extended the liner notes and sometimes even added bonus tracks if possible. However despite this not every one of these re-issues would be a winning decision. One fine example of this would be the album being reviewed. The Great Kat’s debut was entitled “Worship Me Or Die” and its themes played along to the Dominatrix image that she portrayed but the music that was presented was by many counts absolutely deplorable. This was blistering fast cacophony with screams over it and in 1987 quite different from what was happening on either side of the Metal scene as both Thrash and Glam were still in full sway with Grunge a few years away in coming. Despite this being the case Kat had some fans but it was probably more based on the overall insane image that she put forth more than for her song-writing and obvious playing skills.
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“Extreme Guitar Shred” by The Great Kat

Artist: Great Kat
Title: “Extreme Guitar Shred”
Label: Music Video Distribution
Release Date: 4/12/2005
Genre: Speed Metal
Rating: 5/10

The Great Kat is perhaps one of the most interesting people in music and she has been for a pretty decent amount of time. I was never sure what to make of her or her work but I always knew she was one of the fastest guitar “shredders” ever and very interesting visually. Her personality and behavior often defy description and this DVD entitled “Extreme Guitar Shred” contains several of her videos featuring her unique brand of mayhem. Her videos are definitely not for the faint of heart and more geared for the gore-fans. It is like watching chaos as she shreds the guitar at lightning speed and wails a high pitched banshee scream over most of the material. While it is apparent that she knows how to play, she does not break character at all in the videos, and since there is no extra footage to observe you only get these 6 videos to make your decision. I have seen Kat in interviews on Metal Shows, and she never stops being the wild and unpredictable person she comes of as in the music. It might have been interesting to see a different side of her on this DVD, for instance, Blackie Lawless on stage is not the same person offstage. The same applies for the Legendary Alice Cooper. I would have appreciated the chance to see where she feels this all comes from. Just giving the viewer a few videos is not all that much since they are so short.
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