Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce the signing of singer James Durbin to the label for a multi-album deal under the moniker 'Durbin'. James will release his aptly title label debut, “The Beast Awakens” on February 12, 2021. A pure, unadulterated, headbanging heavy metal affair where James 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!