Title: The Beast AwakensLabel: Frontiers Music Srl
it’s that guy, James Durbin, the one that went on American
Idol with Judas Priest. Since his appearance on the
popular TV show Durbin has dabbled here and there without
really finding his place, until now that is …
Beast Awakens' is his first solo led project and has
showcases some glimmers of a promising career.
is an old school metal head and wears his influences on his
sleeve throughout the record. Nods towards Ronnie
James Dio are featured on ‘Sacred Mountains’ and
‘Riders on the Wind’. If its not blatantly obvious
Durbin is a massive Judas Priest fan and does his best
Halford’esqe shrieks throughout, just not as well executed
(no offence). Metal cliché’s are plentiful in ‘By
the Horns’ but still prove to be an enjoyable route.
Semi-ballad ‘Battle Cry’ and the rock driven ‘Into the
Flames’ hold their own ground too.
this record won't be breaking new ground or starting sell
out tours, but it’s a pretty decent stab at a solo effort.
Review by: Rob Herald
Prince Of Metal
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