Hey folks, Valkor here. During my time with TOV I've reviewed some crazy things: Hulk Hands, Hello Kitty Vibe, and Buffalo Poo. But this next review has got to be the craziest thing I've ever reviewed. EVER! From just the cover of "The Great Kat: Beethoven's Guitar Shred" DVD I knew I was gonna be in for a ride, but to actually see the videos… whoooooooo it's a ride some might wanna take once.
First off The Great Kat is a hardcore metal musician with some serious shred; I'm talkin bloody fingers fast dudes. She takes classic tunes and mixes it up with some metal and produces one unique, fast-paced sound; Beethoven's 5th, Flight of the Bumblebee, Brach's Brandenburg Concerto #3, all done up metal-style, which takes some getting used to. And in between each piece you get some really scary vids, I'm assuming original works. Now if you're a fan of metal, you might be used to it; me personally I'm ok with all the blood, heavy makeup and scary faces, but "Islamofascist" might turn some people off.
When you're done with the main vids (and believe me it will go by faster than first time sex), then head on over to "Shred Bonus Features". First is "Hot Shred Bits 2", which are stills either taken from the vids or another video, set to music. Then you have "Shred Genius"; a very quick look at classic artist and heroes, ending with the new Beethoven "The Great Kat". Next up is "Metal Fugue" which is an additional video that mixes Bach's Fugue in G Minor (if I'm not mistaken) with Kat's metal riffs. Finally you get the "Shred Kartoon", which takes "Flight of the Bumblebee", mixing it up with a little cartoon. Nothing too impressive about the animation - it looks like an animated oil painting, but the sound is nice. By the time you get to that point that bumblebee song is locked in your brain.
Again I like the sound of Kat's music. It's not completely original, I mean I've heard hard rock and even techno mixed with classical tunes, but never have I heard it like this. It's dark, it's scary, it's out of this world… but I like it. Plus there's nothing like seeing a woman spread wide with a guitar between her legs.
It's just waaaaaaaaay too fast. I mean it's over even before it begins – this is including the extras! A few more vids would have really rounded out this disc.
Uhhhhh just watch the vid, there's a lot of stuff that's just so unpleasing. But then again that's what metal is all about isn't it?
Overall, I gotta say if you're a fan of heavy metal then definitely take The Great Kat's Beethoven's Guitar Shred for a spin; it's a unique spin on classic hits that's sure to please. Out of TOV 5 stars, I give Beethoven's Guitar Shred a 3.5 and it's been Valkor tested and TOV Approved.