I recently received a promotional copy of "Beethoven Shreds", a CD "full" of classical music with a modern twist. The artist, Katherine Thomas, who goes by the stage name "The Great Kat", purports to be one of the fastest guitar shredders in the world and, according to some of the more popular guitar magazines, is one of the top 12 greatest female electric guitarists. As a lover of both classical music (Beethoven in particular) and guitar, I was excited to be able to review this CD.
I was, of course, even more excited to open the package and find not only the sealed CD, but also an 8×10 photograph of The Great Kat herself and a nice black guitar pick emblazoned with her name. As a guitar lover, this was absolutely great. Unfortunately, I can't say the same for the actual CD.
I had high hopes for an electric guitar version of some of Beethoven's greatest hits. But within seconds of popping the CD into the player I started to regret the decision. I was immediately blasted with a loud, fast, obnoxious sound that, within 60 seconds, had my head throbbing. Not a great thing from someone who calls herself the reincarnation of Ludwig van Beethoven. In fact, I'm pretty sure the German composer would roll over in his grave if he heard the music.
Thankfully, though, I didn't have to suffer through for very long. The entire CD, all 7 songs, was less than 8 excruciatingly long minutes in length. Between the insanely fast shredding (at least that part is legit), the screaming and the fact that the music struggles to keep a beat, I was extremely glad when the 8 minutes was up and I could yank out the disc and pop a few advil.
If you love fast screamo music, you might have a different opinion of The Great Kat and her "music". But if, however, you're a connoisseur of fine classical music, don't waste your time, or your money. After all, spending $8 for 8 minutes of pure hell is dumb. Unless you just happen to be a masochist.