MP3 of the Day: "Burnin' Hell" by Rotagilla
You'd think it was 1970 again, for Chrissakes, what with the way the guys of Rotagilla let out their inner Led Zep. Granted, there's no hint of a Robert Plant or Jimmy Page lurking among this lot. However, in recycling the old school power trio format and letting loose their ragged riffing and rambunctious exhortations, these guys expel a lot of volume. And what they may lack in technical prowess, they more than make up for in sheer exuberance.
Recorded live, the band's new limited edition full-length album, Season For Leavin', offers practically nada in the way of refinement or constraints, sacrificing those elements for ample doses of purely raucous revelry. But no matter; restraint seems like it was never really part of their constitution to begin with.
Inevitably, Rotagilla offers the impression they've been listening to a lot of boozy, bluesy Brit bands, and vintage stuff, at that. And it wouldn't be surprising to learn they'd also nicked their folks' Sex Pistols and Guns N Roses albums in an attempt to frame some references.
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For that matter, when was the last time anyone proffered an honest-to-God drum solo? The instrumental "Captain Ishmael" may not start a trend, but it does provide a delirious attempt at indulgence. Likewise, the raw boogie of "Gangrene Blues," the unabashed barroom blitz of "Fleetwood," the pedal to the metal onslaught of "No Grove, No Love" and the sturdy twelve bar blues of "Lonely Man" all serve to emphasize Rotagilla's penchant for baring the basics.
Here's a free download of the band's song "Burnin' Hell."
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