James Durbin aptly title label debut, “The Beast Awakens” is out now. A pure, unadulterated, headbanging heavy metal affair where Durbin proudly wears his influences on his sleeve while simultaneously forging his own path, this is a must hear for fans of classic ‘80s heavy metal and for fans of the current heavy metal revivalist scene.
“I am awakened,” says James Durbin. “The opportunity to begin to write the next chapter of my musical life with Frontiers has given me the creative recharge I’ve needed. We are establishing the musical direction I’ve been envisioning in my head for all these years and I’m so happy to have finally found a home for it.”
James Durbin is an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist from Santa Cruz, California. Many associate his name with his appearance on Season 10 of American Idol, where he was unabashedly flying the flag for heavy metal. In fact, on the finale, he appeared with undisputed metal gods Judas Priest for rousing renditions of “Livin’ After Midnight” and “Breaking the Law”. James has also worked and performed alongside many incredible musicians including Stevie Wonder, Don Was, Zakk Wylde, Sheryl Crow, Tom Jones, Mick Mars of Mötley Crüe, Bob Babbitt of The Funk Brothers, and Steel Panther, just to name a few.
Durbin’s signature vocal prowess and powerful stage presence have earned him stamps of approval and praise from rock and metal royalty like Steven Tyler, Sammy Hagar, Rob Halford, and more. He has four full length albums to his name, in addition to lending his voice to a handful of various albums.
Durbin is now preparing to offer up his newest offering “THE BEAST AWAKENS”! If you love the sound of Judas Priest (think the “British Steel” to “Defenders of the Faith” era), early DIO, ‘80s Black Sabbath, and classic US heavy metal, then this record is going to hit you straight in the face. Fans of heavy metal revivalists like Haunt, Eternal Champion, Sumerlands, Enforcer, and the like, as well as hard rock and classic heavy metal fans in general are in for a treat!
The Prince Of Metal
Kings Before You (Ft. Chris Jericho & Phil Demmel)
Into The Flames
The Sacred Mountain
The Beast Awakens
Riders On The Wind
Calling Out For Midnight
By The Horns
Rise To Valhalla
All Vocals, Acoustic & Electric Rhythm Guitars – James Durbin
Bass: Barry Sparks
Drums: Mike Vanderhule
Guest Vocals: Chris Jericho
Guest Lead Guitarists: Phil Demmel, Jon Yadon Jr, Marc Putnam,
Dylan Rose & Nick Gallant
Additional Guitars: Ryan Heggum, Ellison & Jeremy Locke
Keyboards/Synths: Earl Salindo
Textures/Pads: Paul Grimm