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Review: Cleanbreak - Coming Home
Coming Home

Label: Frontiers Records
Year released: 2022
Duration: 45:22
Tracks: 11
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: July 20, 2022
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating
Coming Home

Rated 3.67/5 (73.33%) (3 Votes)

James Durbin, who I had never heard of, though he apparently competed on American Idol at one point, now has a second project to go with his eponymous band. This new one is called Cleanbreak and the debut album, Coming Home, contains a collection of smooth, ‘80s-style hard rock/heavy metal with a modern production. He’s got help from other noted musicians, including Robert Sweet from Stryper on drums and Mike Flyntz of Riot V on guitar. That gives the smooth, melodic metal on Coming Home a bit of perspective and raw black and technical death stalwarts can probably stop reading now, if they haven’t already when I mentioned American Idol. The songwriting is very accessible with loads of licks and hooks and even a little crunch. Bands like Fifth Angel, TNT and Icon are going to give you a good starting point for what to expect from Cleanbreak. It is definitely not the heaviest album you’re going to find, but if a swim in the hard rock end of the heavy metal pool every now and then isn’t out of the question, it should do the trick.

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