Interview by Robert Cavuoto
The latest heavy metal supergroup from Frontiers Music Srl is Cleanbreak, featuring James Durbin [vocals], Mike Flyntz of Riot V [guitar], Perry Richardson of Stryper [bass], and Robert Sweet of Stryper [drums] will be releasing their debut album, Coming Home on July 8th.
After James released his 2021 debut solo release Durbin, The Beast Awakens, he was eager to explore additional opportunities to create heavy metal music within the Frontiers family and set out to work with Alessandro Del Vecchio on the Cleanbreak album. The two paired on songwriting and had contributions from Nasson (Sinner’s Blood, Chaos Magic), Marco Sivo (Poison Rose), Bill Hudson, Giancarlo Floridia, and Alan Moise. Their goal was to craft an album that paid homage to a more traditional American heavy metal sound.
Coming Home is eleven songs with big riffs and even bigger grooves like on “Still Fighting,” “Cleanbreak,” and “Find My Way.” Along with a healthy dose of swagger, James delivers a killer vocal performance where his voice ties a ribbon around all the songs, giving the band a powerful and unique sound.
I had the pleasure of speaking with James about the creation of Coming Home, which songs have his biggest imprint, the topics he gravitates towards when writing lyrics, and the importance of finding his own voice as a solo artist. Check out our conversation, and remember, for more interviews, follow Metal Rules on Facebook, Twitter, and subscribe to our YouTube channel to be notified about new content published daily.