Category VI is bold and true female-fronted anthemic Canadian power metal with classic '80s metal combustion.
Category VI returns in a full blazing firestorm with their third and most accomplished release to date, Firecry. From the initial flickering flame of “Firecry” to the final cinders of the absolutely combustible cover of Heart's classic “Barracuda,” Firecry delivers true and classy '80s heavy metal with utter perfection. Firecry boasts a crisp, clear and scorching modern production that does not distract from the band's true '80s metal sound.
Lyrically crafted around themes of personal pride and triumph ("Valkyrie," "Heavy is the Crown"), witchcraft persecution ("Firecry"), women’s strength ("She Runs With Wolves") and their excellent live performances ("Coven"), these concepts are boldly and powerfully delivered by the soaring vocal excellence of female lead singer Amanda Jackman. Bolstered and fueled by the powerful stainless steel riffs and catchy melodies of guitarist Geoff Waye, pounding anvil bass of Keith Jackman, and thunderous steadfast drumming of Brian Downton, Category VI bring classy and classic 1980s metal into the 21st century with blazing glory.
To close out one of the best heavy metal albums of the decade, the band delivers an immaculate true metal, yet radio friendly cover of the chart-topping Heart classic, “Barracuda.”
“This is just a damn good album” - The Metal Observer
“A definite potential for greatness here!” - Least Worst Option
“Include all the best bits from Judas Priest, Mercyful Fate, and Dio then you will have some idea of what Category VI is all about.” - My Global Mind
"Both refreshing on the ears and authentic." - Metal Rules