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ROSY VISTA ‘Unbelievable’

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BAND NAME:
Rosy Vista
ALBUM TITLE:
Unbelievable
STAR RATING:
RELEASE DATE:
8th February 2019
RECORD LABEL:
Steamhammer

Never give up on a dream – that should be what we take from the release of Rosy Vista’s debut LP, Unbelievable. See Rosy Vista are not newcomers to the music scene who are frantically trying to get their new music out to an audience… no this is an album that has technically been 35 years in the making.

Flashback to Hanover, Germany thrity-five years ago… Rosy Vista, the country’s first all-female hard rock outfit were making massive in-roads into the music scene. They had released an EP, their singles were doing well and they were sharing stages with bands like Motley Crue and Uriah Heap, but the band folded and never got to release a full-fledged LP.

Now flash forward to 2019. The band members have always remained friends and after a chat at a concert decided it was time to remedy that little issue of not having an album on the shelves – hence that went through all their demos and their EP, hit the studio and now we have Unbelievable.

For a lover of hard rock this album is an absolute treasure trove. There might be a fear for some listeners that this might sound like a time capsule from the 1980s, but why would that ever be a bad thing? Sure the 80s sound is present throughout the album, but that is the case for a lot of bands these days, and Rosy Vista’s style of hard rock has certainly held up over the years.

There is a little bit of something for everyone on this album.  Opening track ‘Crazy’ is uplifting and catchy and any thoughts that the band might be a gimmick are quickly blown out of the water by the brilliant ‘Sadistic Lover,’ an eerily beautifully written track that is further enhanced by the multi vocal mix fronted by Andrea Schwarz.

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That song-writing ability is again on display on smooth tracks like ‘Master Of Control’ and ‘Tables Are Turned’ while the thought-provoking lyrics of ‘Too Much Feeling’ end up creating a truly poetic anthem. The album seems to lift a couple of gears in intensity with ‘Until I Am Satisfied’ which also shows a sultry side to Schwarz’s vocals while ‘Hopatina’ ends up being one of the absolute highlights of the album. The track has a certain Latin feel and a tongue twister chorus that is going to create some fun times when fans try to sing along to it at concerts.

The catchiness of Rosy Vista’s music is there again on ‘Poor Rosy’ and ‘Rockin’ Through The Night’ and the former certainly needs to be made a single. ‘Sound Of Your Love’ is an amazing love song that shows a real heart to the band while the brilliance of a track like ‘Changing My Mind’ makes you genuinely excited to see what the band is going to do in the future. The icing on the cake is the closing track – a cover of Steppenwolf’s ‘Born To Be Wild’ which Rosy Vista originally performed live at a German music festival in the 1980s… but here they truly make it theirs.

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Unbelievable is an album that you feel would have been an absolute classic if it had been released in the 1980s, it would have been sure to have made Rosy Vista a household name right across the globe… let’s hope it now does that with serious music fans some 35 years later.

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Dave Griffiths

Dave has worked as a music & film journalist for over 20 years now. Aside from Heavy he does radio and various podcasts as well. He is the proud owner of Metal Cat.
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