Reviewed: February 2014
Released: 2013, N/A
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
After a few minor changes in the band’s line up and a series of shows, Category VI are set to unleash their unique blend of melodic metal to the masses. Fusing together the most memorable moments of Dio and the energetic guitar work of Iron Maiden, the quartet’s release Fireborn is set to create some serious waves in the contemporary Metal scene.
‘Vinland’ opens with a bass and distorted guitars and infectious drum work as the soaring clean vocals drive everything forward. The choruses work well as the steady drums and riffs wade through with a well measured use of metallic riffs before an impressive solo kicks in that will get air guitar fans playing along at live shows.
The speedy drums of ‘Real Lies’, and lead guitar set pulses racing as the vocals burst out with some well written lyrics and smooth sounding bass. The mid guitar section showcases some of the band’s impressive song writing abilities to a highly professional standard as the momentum is sustained through an array of tight drumming.
The charging riffs of ‘the Raven’ make this an instant hit. Full of sonic driven guitars and cathartic vocals the track scales its way through effortlessly with plenty of hooks and well balanced melodies. The backing vocals provide an anthem scale quality similar to Dio and would sound right at home in a stadium sized venue surrounded by a wall of raised fists from fans. The finger tapping lead see’s the band harboring towards some seriously epic sounding spheres and remains one of the record’s most exuberant moments.
Meanwhile, ‘Beginning of the End’ comes in with a punchy sounding bass and a serious guitar crunch, fully loaded with enough head banging vitality to get even the most demanding of metallers moving along. The vocals also felt the strongest in this track with a passion infused chorus that refuses not to be heard as the guitar slides into a further display of face melting lead section that knows no bounds.
Closing off with, the lightning fast guitar work of ‘Wasting Away’ the first few seconds display a strong sense of urgency. The drums barge through to an eccentric pace as the vocals soar high throughout the narrative of this song as the solos reel everything into a climactic departure.
What was great about the record is how everything fits together seamlessly, from the instrumentation, vocals and influences these guys come with a precision that is undeniably their own. Each track feels unique and offers up something that is both refreshing on the ears and authentic. This is a record that feels as rewarding in its wholeness and distinctive style. Top work guys.
Review by: Ben Spencer
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