Thy Catafalque

Avant-garde Metal - Hungary

Thy Catafalque Band

THY CATAFALQUE’s humble genius Tamás Kátai abandons any and all prenotions of tradition. Intertwining elements from a vast swath of unrelated genres, from jazz to pop to folk, and everything in between, THY CATAFALQUE masterfully crafts an eclectic sound that breaks down any generic barriers or borders. Following the massive success of 2020’s critically-acclaimed ‘Naiv,’ the entity returns with ‘Vadak,’ another esoteric monument in its already storied catalog.

Meaning “Wildlings” in Hungarian, the album title is a deliberate clue to the exotic and feral essence of ‘Vadak.’ Like seedlings scattered throughout the forest by the mere forces of nature, THY CATAFALQUE’s imaginative sound grows with an organic sense of whimsy, cultivated within the vast influences of our megacosm. Thematically, ‘Vadak’ is a foreboding lesson in mortality. Emphasizing the fragility that is shared by man and beast alike, the record explores our Freudian life instincts, in which we inherently fear and run from the ultimate goal of existence: death.

Originally, THY CATAFALQUE emerged as a black metal band founded by singer/keyboard player Tamás Kátai with the aid of guitarist/bassist János Juhász. Following their joined debut ‘Sublunary Tragedies’ (1999), the Hungarians evolved into quite different directions, but steadily gaining more followers in the process through the following albums, ‘Microcosmos’ (2001) and the self-released ‘Tűnő idő tárlat’ (2004).

On their fourth full-length, ‘Róka hasa Rádió’ (2009), THY CATAFALQUE invited Ágnes Tóth from neo-folk outfit THE MOON AND THE NIGHTSPIRIT and Attila Bakos to add their haunting vocals. With fifth album ‘Rengeteg’ (2011), Tamás Kátai finally went solo with the help of guest musicians that again included Ágnes Tóth an Attila Bakos. Dubbing his eclectic musical amalgamation avant-garde metal, the Hungarian explored new sonic possibilities with ‘Sgùrr’ (2015). The sixth full-length turned out to be slightly more complex than its successor, ‘Meta’ (2016), which returned to a more direct approach without losing the steadily growing sonic diversity. In 2018, THY CATAFALQUE continued this path with the release of ‘Geometria’. THY CATAFALQUE delivered another spectacular musical mosaic with their ninth full-length entitled ‘Naiv’, inspired by the “Naïve Art” movement.

At its core, ‘Vadak’ expresses the familiar hallmarks that are unique to only THY CATAFALQUE, and yet, it is an unpredictable magnum opus, showcasing the latest evolution from Kátai and his esteemed co-conspirators. The album puts forth an elegance that cannot be matched or rivaled by any musical contemporary, taking fans on an adventure that is rife with excitement, drama, and unbridled craftsmanship.


  • Tamás Kátai : guitars, bass, synths, programs and vocals
Date Venue City Country Info Ticket
June 30th, 2023 Fishing on Orfu Festival Orfu Hungary  
Posted on November 2, 2022

Avant-garde act THY CATAFALQUE is proud to release another video from their upcoming Blu-ray ‘Mezolit – Live at Fekete Zaj’, containing their very first live show ever. The event took place at the Fekete Zaj festival (Budapest) in August, 2021 and shall be released on November 25, 2022 via Season of Mist. A glance of things to come can be found HERE.

Posted on October 5, 2022

Avant-garde act THY CATAFALQUE is proud to announce the release of a Blu-ray, containing their very first live show ever, which took place at the Fekete Zaj festival (Budapest) in August, 2021. The entire performance was beautifully captured and shall be released on November 25, 2022 via Season of Mist. A first glance of things to come can be found HERE.

Posted on May 24, 2022

Season of Mist is proud to announce that avant-garde project THY CATAFALQUE has won the Fonogram Award (Hungarian Music Award, similar to a Grammy) for the album ‘Vadak’ in the “Best Hungarian Hard Rock/Metal Album” category! The nominees were as follows:European Mantra – Yancha (Gramy Records) Junkies – Kézműves Junkies (H-Music (Hangfelvételkiadó Kft.)) Mudfield – Szörnyeteg (Keytracks Hungary) Nagyúr – Arra várok, hogy minden egyes hangból csönd legyen (szerzői kiadás) Thy Catafalque – Vadak (Season Of Mist)

Posted on June 25, 2021

In celebration of the new release ‘Vadak’, avant-garde act THY CATAFALQUE is now reveiling a brand new music video for the track ‘A kupolaváros titka’. The video can be found on the official Season of Mist YouTube channel HERE.

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Mezolit - Live at Fekete Zaj
Blu-Ray digibook
Double LP Gatefold Black
Double LP Gatefold Blue (300 copies)
Double LP Gatefold Yellow (300 copies)
CD book (36 pages)
Double Gatefold vinyl (black)
Double Gatefold vinyl (gold, ltd to 250)
Double Gatefold vinyl (deerblood, ltd to 300)
Merch (Print on Deman)