Album Review: Royal Blood // Royal Blood

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There must be a reason why Royal Blood’s self-titled debut album was the fastest selling rock album in three years, right? Right. Oh, and it also debuted at Number 1 on the Official Charts? Of Course.

From the very beginning of the record, drummer Ben Thatcher and bassist/singer Mike Kerr thrust the listener into the thick of things. Right off the bat, “Out Of The Black” introduces the band’s sound in the perfect way, with hefty drumming, dragged out riffs, and yearning vocals. Following the lead track, tunes like “Figure It Out” and “Come On Over” continue to strengthen the album’s sound, making it seem implausible that a duo could create such massive noises between the two of them. “Little Monster,” the duo’s most recent single, is my personal favorite off the album–it’s the perfect song to head bang to. I imagine it’s the song that gets people properly fired up for a show, and moshing.

“Ten Tonne Skeleton” and “Better Strangers” in the second half of the album introduce another dimension to the duo’s album, markedly slower and ‘quieter’ than the former half of the LP. These two tracks stood out to me because it’s almost as if they work to balance the record.

The Brighton duo have had a massive year. From playing a string of dates with the Artic Monkeys, rocking out to huge crowds at T in The Park and Reading and Leeds, and now releasing their massive record, they show no signs of slowing down. The duo is about to embark on their first U.S. tour this September, before heading back to the U.K for a home run. As if their songs don’t speak loud enough, their meteoric rise in the music scene proves that Royal Blood is bringing back guitar rock.

Watch “Little Monster” live at Reading Festival:

-J

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