Newfoundland, Canada's CATEGORY VI will be releasing their new album "Firecry" toward the end of March via Moribund Records, and in lead up to it earworming its way to fans along with celebrating International Women's Day that passed earlier this week, the quartet is sharing their next single "Valkyries".
"This song is about sexism and misogyny and my own personal experiences with this. Being told to shut up my whole life backfired. LOL It's about sisterhood and banding together like a bunch of powerful Valkyries against the assholes in the world!" says vocalist Amanda Marie Jackman.
Watch and listen to "Valkyries" via its lyric video at
CATEGORY VI returns in 2023 with a full blazing firestorm with their third album 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”, CATEGORY VI delivers true and classic 80’s heavy metal with utter perfection. “Firecry” boasts a crisp, clear, and scorching modern production that does not distract from the band's true 80’s 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) & their excellent live performances (Coven), these concepts are boldly and powerfully delivered by the soaring vocal excellence of Amanda Jackman. Bolstered and fueled by the powerful stainless steel riffs and catchy melodies of guitarist Geoff Waye, the pounding anvil bass of Keith Jackman, and the thunderous steadfast drumming of Brian Downton, CATEGORY VI brings classy and classic 1980s power – Traditional Heavy Metal into the 21st century with blazing glory.
To close out one of the best heavy metal albums of the decade, CATEGORY VI delivers an immaculate true metal, yet radio-friendly cover of the chart-topping Heart classic “Barracuda”. With “Firecry”, CATEGORY VI unleashes a global scale climate-changing metal cyclone that just may melt the North American frozen tundra with its blazing power metal.
The album “Firecry” is due out March 24th, 2023 via Moribund Records.
Album pre-order - http://www.moribundcult.com/
Single / Title track - “Firecry” -
1. Firecry - 6:10
2. Valkyrie - 6:05
3. The Vultures Never Came - 4:10
4. She Runs With Wolves - 4:12
5. Heavy is the Crown - 3:47
6. Coven - 4:52
7. The Cradle Will Fall - 4:53
8. Burning Bridges - 3:49
9. Barracuda (Heart) - 4:21
Album Length: 42:18
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"a promising band worth watching." - Rock Hard (DE)
“the band, with their sound rooted firmly in the early 80s, play with real charisma.” - The Independent Voice
“a really nice slab of metal that should please fans of the old and new heavy and power metal genres.” - Metal Crypt -
“If you dig acts like Seven Kingdoms, Mindmaze, or Helion Prime, then I'd call this a no brainer although Category VI do separate themselves from their contemporaries with a more pugilistic edge, and a lethal injection of classic metal attitude which would call to mind Judas Priest or Mercyful Fate. Overall a solid record. You could do far worse than check this out. “ - The MetalCrypt
“So if you like your metal aggressive yet smooth, soulful while never failing to thrash, and resonating without sacrificing in that certain visceral punch, War is Hell is a must – an album that will appeal to the diehard fans of a forgotten generation of thrashers and headbangers, while bringing sufficient juice and sizzle to lure wayward fringe fans of the millennium and beyond. “ - Metalheads Forever
“This album, their second full length, is a power metal tour de force. Although I don’t think they sound like either band per say, they do give off a classic metal vibe like JUDAS PRIEST or MERCYFUL FATE. “ - Metal Temple
“Musically, Category VI are a storming True Metal band with no pretentions and no excuses made....Unlike the trend-driven sub-genres, the sound of Category VI is timeless and WAR IS HELL has already shown that they are ready to take it to the international stage.“ - Metal-Rules
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