Thy Catafalque - Rengeteg


8.5 | 243 votes |
Release date: 11 November 2011
Style: Avantgarde black metal

Owners:

199 have it
18 want it


01. Fekete Mezők
02. Kel Keleti Szél
03. Trilobita
04. Kő Koppan
05. Vashegyek
06. Holdkomp
07. Kék Ingem Lobogó
08. Az Eső, Az Eső, Az Eső
09. Tar Gallyak Végül
10. Minden Test Fű

Top 20 albums of 2011: 18

Line-up
Tamás Kátai - guitar, bass, keyboards, programs, vocals

Additional info
The artwork was created by Portuguese photographer Rui Luz and THY CATAFALQUE mastermind Tamás Kátai. "The album title means 'vast, trackless forest' in obsolete Hungarian language", Tamás explains. "It's a kind of summary of what the whole record is about. This word is a symbol, it means more than merely a forest".

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It was recorded that he, one of history's finest war commanders, kept a journal chronicling the major events of his life. However, something mysteriously strange happened shortly after his death; the last page of his diary was torn out never to be found again…

The Prophecy

"We had previously captured Belgrade, Rhodes and nearly Rome; the moment of penetrating the virgin leas of Hungary through its Carpathian Mountains has never been more propitious. And so, I marched. With an army of sixty thousand men, I marched. Until the sun darkened dim, I marched. Until it finally peered on the far side of a boundless tassel-withered cornfield somewhere near Makó - a vast, trackless forest girdled by a wreath of darkness and swollen mist perching nigh the field wherein we stood like the roaming shadow of Óðr. We stood staggered, leering at the beguiling woodland that God had left untrodden; torn by senescence, dust and solitude for only demons to feast on. The masterpiece was complete when a Septentrional draught stirred amidst the five giant trees guarding its gates revealing in the process the message that was engraved on the trunk of the tallest; the prophecy:

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published 11.03.2012 | Comments (19)

What? Isn't "Beautiful" descriptive enough? OK, fine then, what about "avant-garde atmospheric metal with BM roots"? Yeah, that's what I thought. Beautiful is better.

And Hungarian does really sound poetic.

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22.01.2012 - 18:08
NocturnalStalker
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Posts: 882
From: Russia

Written by Mr. Doctor on 19.01.2012 at 15:00

Meh album.

I wouldn't go that far. I gave it another chance today, and I must say Rengeteg is quite a nice album.
Truly labels can be misleading. When I read "avantgarde black metal" I expect to hear something like Ephel Duath, or Sigh, or Smohalla, for example. But the music that's presented on this album is closer to (dark) folk metal. At least, most of melodic lines have deep roots in folk music. And this is also the source of the album's greatest shortcoming, in my humble opinion - its repetitiveness. For example, in Kel keleti szél the same riff is played for almost all the 4 minutes that song lasts.
But there are also some bright moments, like the build-up in the beginning of Vashegyek, and some melodic lines are very catchy.
All in all, I'll be expecting some great music from this band in the future.
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"And we are not who we think we are
We are who we're afraid to be"
- Lux Occulta "The Opening of Eleventh Sephirah"
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25.01.2012 - 02:10
Enoch
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Great metal!
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08.02.2012 - 08:17
Evil Chip

Posts: 501
From: Chile

"The riff is so aggressive...it says i break your ass whenever i want" (Comment on Youtube about the song Fekete Mezog)
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08.02.2012 - 09:02
Rating: 8
R'Vannith
ghedengi

Posts: 3099
From: Australia

Ah.. I could listen to Ko Koppan all day
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08.02.2012 - 12:59
Kenos
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Written by R'Vannith on 08.02.2012 at 09:02

Ah.. I could listen to Ko Koppan all day


Man I was just listening to it yesterday and thought the same. Wonderful album, masterpiece.
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08.02.2012 - 13:57
K†ulu
Seeker of Truth

Posts: 2518
From: Czech Republic

Lol, the "intro" into Holdkamp is a PA announcement at the Kiev railway station, and in the middle of the song they are using a phrase that was spoken in the morning before all central TV channels started their work in the Soviet Union (I guess). Translation in the video below.

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Savor what you feel and what you see
Things that may not seem important now
But may be tomorrow

R.I.P. Chuck Schuldiner

Satan was a Backstreet Boy
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08.02.2012 - 14:03
Kenos
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Written by K†ulu on 08.02.2012 at 13:57

Lol, the "intro" into Holdkamp is a PA announcement at the Kiev railway station, and in the middle of the song they are using a phrase that was spoken in the morning before all central TV channels started their work in the Soviet Union (I guess). Translation in the video below.


Haha, now that's really weird!
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08.02.2012 - 14:09
Rating: 8
R'Vannith
ghedengi

Posts: 3099
From: Australia

Written by Guest on 08.02.2012 at 12:59

Written by R'Vannith on 08.02.2012 at 09:02

Ah.. I could listen to Ko Koppan all day


Man I was just listening to it yesterday and thought the same. Wonderful album, masterpiece.


It's simple elegance really steals the show for me

And yeah, really interesting Ktulu, thanks!
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20.02.2012 - 09:47
Rating: 10
xSAINTx

Posts: 1
From: Ukraine
Amazing album.
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12.03.2012 - 10:38
Rating: 10
qlacs
"The Quaker"

Posts: 1039
From: Hungary

Oh man, i was a bit late with the translations... f*ckin work... thanks mastero87, i'm glad that you did them because they are even better
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05.06.2012 - 21:27
Stoned Crow

Posts: 85
From: USA

Every time I come back to this album I have to listen to it for a few days. I absolutely love it. The two albums before it are spectacular as well. I don't even care about the translations- it's nice to know- but phonetically, Hungarian sounds quite alright to my ears. Easily my number 1 for 2011.
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04.03.2013 - 21:55
Rating: 8
Rhiannon

Posts: 291
From: Hungary

Good album indeed, catchy but complex at the same time. My favourite songs are Kel keleti szél and Kék ingem lobogó. I'm so proud this guy is from my country.
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09.05.2013 - 23:31
Rating: 10
dougver1

Posts: 58
From: USA

Just ordered this the other day. Worth every penny!

My only complaint about this album is that in spite of the near 60 minute runtime, I still felt like it was too short!

But seriously, I love how this album is very catchy and fun to listen to, but at the same time very unique and experimental.
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10.07.2013 - 16:02
Rating: 10
rdhelli@gmail.com

Posts: 21
From: Hungary

Genuine genius
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22.08.2014 - 01:33
Rating: 7
mz

Posts: 4001


Musically this is excellent but those fucking clean vocals and especially the female one ruin it for me. Jeez I wished they just shut up and do music.
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Giving my ears a rest from music.
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22.08.2014 - 03:08
Rating: 8
Diverge

Posts: 1258
From: Canada
Written by mz on 22.08.2014 at 01:33

Musically this is excellent but those fucking clean vocals and especially the female one ruin it for me. Jeez I wished they just shut up and do music.

I don't have a problem with those clean vocals myself, but he's much better in his side project Taranis.
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25.11.2015 - 02:22
Rating: 8
musclassia

Posts: 749
From: UK

Doesn't quite maintain it throughout, but the first 3 songs are just awesome
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03.01.2017 - 19:41
3rdWorld
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Posts: 2990
From: India

Just re-listened to this today and most likely this is the weakest among the last 4 Thy Catafalque records. Half a decade later and still my impression on this remains the same when I first heard it. The second half is quite strong though and the fast parts are nice but looks like a moderation and just too melodic compared to all the other ones. And just not heavy enough when it gets heavy. Still some cool stuff though.
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