Thy Catafalque

Thy Catafalque is an avant-garde metal band formed in Makó, Hungary, later based in Edinburgh, Scotland, after the relocation of its founder.

Thy Catafalque
OriginMakó, Hungary
GenresAvant-garde metal, experimental rock, post-black metal
Years active1998–present
LabelsSeason of Mist
MembersTamás Kátai


The band was formed by Hungarian musician Tamás Kátai, along with a bandmate from a previous group, Gort. In their early years, the band started off as an "Avantgarde post-black metal project". As time progressed, the band left most of their traditional black metal influences behind for an "extreme variety of songs" in their 2004 album, Tűnő Idő Tárlat.[1] In February 2009, the band was signed to the avant-garde independent record label Epidemie Records. They have had a number of guest musicians over the years, including vocals by Ágnes Tóth of neo-folk duo The Moon and the Nightspirit.

In 2009, they released their concept album Róka Hasa Rádió, about "the relationship between the ever evolving, solid and massive physical matter and the fragileness of humans and all living spirits, throughout distant childhood memories and scientific explanations of nature. Revolving, rotating movements of past and future, colours, sounds, long lost scents by a strange transmission from a timeless radio."[2] It features a mix of atmospheric instrumental music, Hungarian folk elements and traditional black metal, making it very experimental.[3] The album narrowly missed the winner's place in the 2009 HangSúly Hungarian Metal Awards, which was won by Dalriada.[4]

In 2011 the band signed to Season Of Mist.[5] Their fifth album entitled Rengeteg released in 2011 was the first Thy Catafalque album written and recorded by Tamás Kátai alone without János Juhász, who did not contribute to the recording this time.




  • János Juhász – guitar, bass guitar (1998–2011)



  • Sublunary Tragedies (1999)
  • Microcosmos (2001)
  • Tűnő Idő Tárlat (2004)
  • Róka Hasa Rádió (2009)
  • Rengeteg (2011)[6]
  • Sgùrr (2015)[7]
  • Meta (2016)
  • Geometria (2018)
  • Naiv (2020)
  • Vadak (2021)


  • Cor Cordium (1999)


  1. ^ "Thy Catafalque". 10 October 2007. Archived from the original on 17 August 2010. Retrieved 23 December 2009. Originally Thy Catafalque has been intended to be an Avantgarde post-black metal project
  2. ^ "Interview with Tamás Kátai". Archived from the original on 2 October 2011. Retrieved 16 November 2020.
  3. ^ Reuter, Swen (22 July 2009). "Thy Catafalque - Róka hasa rádió". (in German). Weihrauch Medien Verlag.
  4. ^ "Dalriada készítette az év metal lemezét". Kultú (in Hungarian). Hungarian Ministry of National Resources. 10 March 2010. Archived from the original on 21 July 2011.
  5. ^ "Thy Catafalque (news, biography, albums, line-up, tour dates) | Official Season of Mist band". Season of Mist. Retrieved 16 November 2020.
  6. ^ [1][dead link]
  7. ^ "Thy Catafalque - "Alföldi Kozmosz" (audio) (premiere)". 19 August 2015. Retrieved 16 November 2020.

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