Although the name Groundbreaker will be new to everyone, the vocals certainly aren’t as this is the new project from none other than Steve Overland (FM), who has joined with guitarist Robert Sall (Work of Art, W.E.T) following from a conversation between Frontiers President Serafino Perugino and Overland, who was eager to start a collaboration with new and exciting musicians from the European melodic rock scene. The result is a very pleasant Eighties/Nineties album, with great vocals, just a shame that the songs don’t really manage to stack up against them.

Overland has been at the top of the melodic rock scene for many years now: it is strange to think that the first Wildlife album came out as long ago as 1980, while FM’s debut was 1986 and they’re still going strong. His vocals are always superb, but even his quality can’t lift what is a reasonable album into something that is any better. The songs are fairly derivative and repetitive, but I am sure the AOR fans will be hailing that this is another masterpiece in his canon, while the truth is that while it is pleasant it is a very long way from being essential.

Rating: 6/10


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