Ex-Quiet Riot frontman James Durbin to release “heavy metal” based album via Frontiers in early 2021

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Ex-Quiet Riot frontman James Durbin to release “heavy metal” based album via Frontiers in early 2021

Former Quiet Riot frontman and American Idol finalist James Durbin will be released a heavy metal based album via Frontiers Music Srl in early 2021. Durbin was in Quiet Riot from about March 2017 to September 2019. The singer resigned from the band shortly before drummer Frankie Banali publicly revealed his stage four pancreatic cancer diagnosis. Durbin handled the lead vocals on the Quiet Riot albums Road Rage (2017), One Night In Milan (2019) and Hollywood Cowboys (2019).

The following message was posted on Frontiers Music Srl‘s Facebook page earlier yesterday:

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 is currently putting the finishing touches on his label debut, which will be a pure, unadulterated, headbanging heavy metal affair where James proudly wears his influences on his sleeve while simultaneously forging his own path.

“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.

James Durbin is an artist on the rise and a performer you don’t want to miss. Expect his debut record under the name “Durbin” in early 2021. 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!”