DURBIN – Screaming Steel (2024) *HQ*

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Frontiers Music has signed powerhouse vocalist James Durbin back for a multi-album deal under the moniker DURBIN. The Santa Cruz, California native is set to unleash his latest metal opus, ‘Screaming Steel,’ on February 16th, 2024.
DURBIN’s signature vocal prowess and commanding stage presence have earned him praise from rock and metal legends such as Steven Tyler, Sammy Hagar, and Rob Halford. With four full-length albums to his name, DURBIN continues to evolve as an artist, pushing the boundaries of heavy metal while staying true to its roots.
Now, with the upcoming release of ‘Screaming Steel,’ James Durbin is poised to deliver another sonic assault. If you’re a fan of the classic sounds of Judas Priest, early DIO, ’80s Black Sabbath, and timeless US metal, brace yourself for an intense musical experience.
‘Screaming Steel’ promises to resonate with heavy metal enthusiasts, drawing inspiration from the genre’s rich heritage while maintaining a contemporary edge.

Following the success of his label debut, ‘The Beast Awakens,’ which was released on February 12, 2021, DURBIN has solidified his place as a force to be reckoned with in the heavy metal scene. ‘The Beast Awakens’ showcased pure, unadulterated, headbanging heavy metal, drawing influences from classic ’80s heavy metal while forging a path uniquely his own. The album received acclaim from fans of the genre and marked a triumphant return for DURBIN.

James Durbin’s journey into the music industry gained widespread attention during his appearance on Season 10 of American Idol, where he fearlessly championed heavy metal. On the finale, he shared the stage with legendary metal icons Judas Priest for unforgettable renditions of “Livin’ After Midnight” and “Breaking the Law.”
Throughout his career, DURBIN has collaborated with an impressive array of 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, among others.

James Durbin stays true to his colors on ‘Screaming Steel’. He delivers ten songs that are pure heavy metal orientated bombshells where his high-pitched voice takes central stage. Yes, James has always been a fan of Priest and their epic vocalist Rob Halford and if you did not know any better you would think that ‘Screaming Steel’ is something like a tribute to Judas Priest.
One thing is for sure. James Durbin reaches heights with his voice that Rob has not even come close to in ages. The whole album is a power vocal exhibition extraordinaire if you ask me.

Durbin teamed up with producer/guitarist Aldo Lonobile here. Next to Lonobile and the Italians Luca Birotto (guitar) and drummer Marco Sachetto also US bass player Mike Roberts is part of the musicians helping James out. For the guitar solos a bunch of guitar slingers have been invited including Moksha, Dylan Rose, and Taylor Washington. Not the most famous names perhaps but each of these guys do not mind some shredding acrobatics.

You better buckle up as ‘Screaming Steel’ is an album that does not let up, not even for one single moment. Personally, I would have liked an epic metal ballad to be present. As we know James can sing those type of songs as well, but the singer has chosen for a crushing style that admittedly kicks ass from start until finish.
Fans of heavy metal revivalists and classic heavy metal aficionados alike are in for a treat as DURBIN continues to unleash his metal prowess upon the world.
Highly Recommended


1) Made of Metal
2) Screaming Steel
3) Where They Stand
4) Hallows
5) Power of the Reaper
6) Blazing High
7) Beyond the Night
8) The Worshipper – 1897
9) Tear Them Down
10) Rebirth

Vocals – James Durbin (USA)
Guitars – Aldo Lonobile (Italy)
Guitars – Luca Birotto (Italy)
Bass – Mike Roberts (USA)
Drums – Marco Sacchetto (Italy)


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