'American Idol' Metalhead JAMES DURBIN Unveils Debut Album Cover Artwork

October 7, 2011

James Durbin, the 22-year-old rocker from Santa Cruz, California who was one of the finalists on the last season of "American Idol", will release his debut album, "Memories Of A Beautiful Disaster", on November 21 via Wind-Up Records.

The CD's cover artwork can be seen below.

A new Durbin track, "Stand Up" (hear audio below),has been released as part of volume 2 of the "Official Gameday NFL Music" EP, which features additional songs by Jordin Sparks, Darius Rucker, HINDER and Sammy Hagar.

Material from the EP will be used by the NFL throughout the season, providing some great exposure for Durbin across America.

"Official Gameday NFL Music Vol. 2" track listing:

01. DARIUS RUCKER - "Kick Off"
02. HINDER - "The Fights About To Begin"
03. SAMMY HAGAR - "Knockdown"
04. JAMES DURBIN - "Stand Up"
05. JORDAN SPARKS - "You Gotta Want It"

MTLEY CRE guitarist Mick Mars revealed via Twitter last month that he was in the studio working on "a killer track" with Durbin.

"That's right! That's Mick Fuckin Mars!!!!! Playing on MY record!!! This is so unbelievable!!!!" tweeted Durbin in reply to Mick's message. He also attached a photo of what appeared to be the MTLEY CRE guitarist laying down a track in the studio.

Durbin told USA Today in May that he was planning to record an album, with what he described as a "[DIO] 'Holy Diver', [BLACK SABBATH] 'Neon Knights'-type" feel. "I potentially heard my first single yesterday," he said, adding that it "still has a heavy edge and is radio friendly." He also wrote a song with James Michael (SIXX: A.M., SCORPIONS, MTLEY CRE) and frequent AEROSMITH collaborator Marti Frederiksen.

Durbin performed JUDAS PRIEST's classic songs "Living After Midnight" and "Breaking The Law" with the British heavy metal legends themselves during the "American Idol" May finale.

Durbin sang the JUDAS PRIEST classic "You Got Another Thing Coming" on the March 1 edition of "Idol" (see video below). His rendition marked the first time, according to AEROSMITH singer and "American Idol" judge Steven Tyler, where a JUDAS PRIEST single was performed on the "Idol" stage.

In a recent interview with SoundSpike, JUDAS PRIEST singer Rob Halford called Durbin "brilliant. Absolutely sensational." He added, "The first we heard about James and the connection with PRIEST was when he covered our song 'You've Got Another Thing Comin''. We were really excited to hear that was taking place. As we kind of followed his growth through the last season of 'Idol' and listening to him speak, it became clear he was a champion for heavy metal music.

"I can recall, right from these early weeks, thinking, 'If this guy gets to where we hope he's going to get, it wouldn't surprise me in the least if something comes our way, in terms of do we want to get involved.' When the call came, we weren't 100 percent surprised. We were absolutely delighted. We dropped everything to fly to Los Angeles and then fly back to London, all within the space of a couple days. It was a great moment for James and, more importantly, it was a great moment for heavy metal music because it was suddenly in the arms of 30-odd-million-plus households throughout the USA. And then, of course, it bounced around the rest of the world afterward. Everything that we've done in those types of appearances for us has been not only for Priest but championing the cause of heavy metal music."

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