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Born in the late 60's, Chesy hails from a Welsh mining village with a long name and was pretty glad when he got the Hell out of there. He got into Rock/Metal in about 1980, thanks to a TISWAS related incident (Rainbow video for All Night Long) and thankfully has never looked back. Chesy often sang solo in the school choir, but thanks to a puberty related incident his voice is now completely bolloxed, although in his own head Paul thinks he sounds like a blend of Coverdale and Dio (R.I.P). He was brought up on the classics - Deep Purple, Rainbow, Thin Lizzy, Rush, Whitesnake and loved melodic rock and the Hair Bands of the 80's. (Nowadays, he has progressed a little and prefers a more technical and/or progressive metal - Dream Theater, Rush, Symphony X, Porcupine Tree, Pain Of Salvation, Spock's Beard. He hates Black and Death Metal (can't stand the grunting) but for some unknown reason loves the magnificent Opeth! He wont stop this blog until his beloved FM finally play the likes of the NEC as a headlining act!!!

Saturday 25 August 2018

Groundbreaker - S/T Album review (2)

 Groundbreaker - S/T

Groundbreaker is the new project featuring Steve ”The Voice” Overland of F.M  and Robert Sall of  Work Of Art and W.E.T. These two gentlemen are both mainstays in the melodic rock arena, so when these guys get together expectations are high and unsurprisingly they’ve come through.

Anybody who is familiar with F.M already knows that they’re going to be listening to in my opinion the greatest voice that has ever graced the melodic rock scene and I don’t think I’m alone considering the amount of acts that have collaborated with Steve. Robert Sall has brought together a phenomenal cast of musicians to record has opus and has written songs that are a perfect fit for Steve’s vocal style he hasn’t written the next F.M. album. 

Groundbreaker is a collection of upbeat fist pumping melodic rock that you will want to play over and over again, I only heard this album for the first time today and it has been on repeat for the last 14 hours (it’s now 10pm). This is an album that you don’t have to break down song by song to review it because I say this with my hand on my heart that in my opinion there isn’t a single weak track here and that this is the perfect melodic rock album, in fact I think it’s so good that I had multiple eargasms!!!

Whilst I do look forward to new albums by both established and new artists I don’t get excited however in this instance I am genuinely excited, I’ve already pre-ordered this gem and the 14th of September can not come fast enough so that I can get my grubby little mits on the physical version of Groundbreaker, put your hands in your pockets open your wallet and get out your card if you’re going to pre-order any release year this is the one you should.

This album gets a very well deserved 10/10.

Review by HollywoodVampyre
RELEASED - 14 September 2018


Steve Overland - Vocals

Robert Sall - Guitars 

Nalley Pahlsson - Bass

Herman Furin - Drums

With Alessandro Del Vecchio – Keyboards

Tracklisting –

Over My Shoulder

Will It Make You Love Me

Eighteen ‘Til I Die

Only Time Will Tell


Standing Up For Love

Something Worth Fighting For

The Sound Of A Broken Heart

The First Time

The Days Of Our Life

The Way It Goes

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