James Durbin Picks His Top Six Judas Priest Songs

As the resident metalhead on this year’s season of American Idol, James Durbin brought the soaring sound of Judas Priest to one of the biggest TV audiences in the country—advancing to the coveted Top 13 via his version of “You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’” and even performing with Priest themselves for the season’s blowout finale. Although Durbin–who is interviewed in the new issue of Revolver, available on newsstands now and online right here–sadly did not go all the way (fuck you, Scotty Mc”Creepy”!), he at least gave us something we could talk to our moms about. Anyway, here are his six favorite Priest songs, and some YouTubes that should leave you Hell Bent for whatever.

“How could you not love that song? It’s fucking crazy. Every single aspect of what is metal is included in that song. It’s heavy, there’s parts of it that are melodic; it’s screechy, screamy. I don’t know. Priest amazes me. Because I like the ’80s hair-metal shit, I’m into their more melodic songs… That’s what I love about metal, is that it can be so heavy and you can totally just shred for days over it, but it can also be melodic. And there’s nothing wrong with that. Avenged Sevenfold is fucking incredible, and they’re melodic. Their stuff is catchy. You can actually sing along with it. It’s not something that’s some brutal death-metal song that’s like [makes gurgly noises],  you know. I don’t like that stuff because I can’t sing along with it.”

“Turbo Lover”

“Hell Bent for Leather”

“Living After Midnight”

“Breaking the Law”

“You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’”

Source: Revolver Magazine


Revolver Magazine’s Upcoming Interview with James

The September/October issue of Revolver Magazine will feature an exclusive interview with James Durbin. Details:


August 08, 2011 15:06 ET

Revolver Magazine’s Tribute to the Troops


Brand New Issue Features Such Bands as Five Finger Death Punch, Avenged Sevenfold, Disturbed, and Godsmack Saluting the Armed Forces; Exclusive New Interviews With American Idol’s James Durbin and Legendary Vocalist Sebastian Bach; Packaged Exclusively With “Big 4” Collectible Trading Cards


NEW YORK, NY–(Marketwire – Aug 8, 2011) – HARD-ROCK AND HEAVY-METAL MUSICIANS “SALUTE THE TROOPS” in the new issue of REVOLVER magazine, available everywhere on August 16 in anticipation of the 10-year anniversary of the 9-11 tragedy. Inside, cover stars FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH talk about how their 2010 trip to the Middle East to play for U.S. troops helped bring them together and inspired their new album American Capitalist. Also, artists including AVENGED SEVENFOLD, DISTURBED, GODSMACK, STAIND, and SHINEDOWN recount their experiences on U.S.O. tours abroad, and members of TOOL, ALL THAT REMAINS, and others share stories of their times serving in the military.

The issue also includes a feature on AMERICAN IDOL contestant JAMES DURBIN, who urged the United States to “give metal a chance.” He discusses how he discovered metal by hearing singer RONNIE JAMES DIO on the radio, what performing on Idol alongside artists like ZAKK WYLDE and JUDAS PRIEST was like, and what the future holds for him.

The jam-packed issue also features articles on MEGADETH and former SKID ROW singer and reality TV star SEBASTIAN BACH, as well as METALLICA, the movie FRIGHT NIGHT, THEORY OF A DEADMAN, KITTIE, CHIMAIRA, EYES SET TO KILL, and others.

As a special exclusive treat, this issue of REVOLVER contains limited-edition baseball cards of the “BIG 4” bands of thrash metal — METALLICA, SLAYER, MEGADETH, and ANTHRAX — who are set to play the historic first metal show ever at YANKEE STADIUM on September 14. The cards are modeled after the classic Topps baseball cards from 1986, the same year these four bands released their metal masterpieces.

For all this and more, check out the September/October issue of REVOLVER magazine, which will be available everywhere from August 16 to October 10, and is available right now at REVOLVERMAG.COM.

About REVOLVER Magazine
Revolver is the No. 1 hard-rock and heavy-metal destination in the world. In print for over 10 years, the magazine takes readers into the studio, onto the stage, and behind the scenes, providing in-depth information, mind-blowing original photography, and hilarious insights they can’t find anywhere else. Revolver covers horror movies, mixed martial arts, tattoos, action sports, and more. Each year Revolver throws the premiere U.S. hard-rock and metal awards show, the Revolver Golden Gods. In its fourth year, the show has featured appearances by Ozzy Osbourne, Metallica, Mötley Crüe, Rob Halford, Dave Grohl, Slash, Lemmy Kilmister, Dave Mustaine, William Shatner, Sebastian Bach, Alice Cooper, Marilyn Manson, Kat Von D, and many others. Revolver sponsors over 20 hard-rock tours each year, including the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. Its website (http://www.revolvermag.com) features exclusive interviews, music and video, photo-shoot outtakes, and contests. Revolver magazine is part of the Future Publishing group.

Source: http://www.marketwire.com/press-release/revolver-magazines-tribute-to-the-troops-1547170.htm