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Like many great rock duos before them, Royal Blood manage to create a sound that’s greater then the sum of their parts. On the outfit’s self-titled debut album, Mike Kerr and Ben Thatcher combine for an unabashedly heavy blend of bristling riffs and deep, canyon-like grooves that have made fans out of Jimmy Page, Arctic Monkeys and Foals frontman Yannis Philippakis. Using an armada of pedals and amps, Kerr plays a bass guitar like a standard six-string; this creative choice lends an inherent, unrelenting menace to Royal Blood. On the outstanding opener, “Out of the Black”, Thatcher’s sternum-rattling drum work is Dave Grohl–like in both its power and precision, while Kerr’s colossal bass and vocal turns recall the arena-ready theatrics of Muse’s Matthew Bellamy. In the squeal and squall of “Careless” and “Figure It Out”, Kerr conjures the corroded, wonderfully pugnacious guitar sounds of iconic two-piece frontman Jack White. No matter their reference points, Royal Blood have an attack that’s ruthlessly direct.

Customer Reviews


This album/band are exactly what the market needs right now! I don’t think I have listened to an album on launch this much since “30 Seconds to Mars - This is War!”. This has to be the album of the year so far, if you enjoy anything rocky just give it a go, you won’t be disappointed!

Overrated - Meh, sorry!

Having actually listened to the album (and not reviewed it prior to its actual release like the ton of narcissists here), I’m simply not going to follow the herd and go totally overboard. Like many bands of this current generation, I think Royal Blood are decent but heavily overrated.

For a two piece they produce a decent sound that is very respectable for their obvious limitations. It’s a decent debut but the formulated structure of every song wears very thin after a while. The percussion feels cumbersome and static and the bass riffs always display the same hallmark. Ok, ok so shoot me down in flames, they’re a two piece! Easy answer - get a guitarist. They’ll still be able to produce the same sound but add depth!

I wonder how far a band like this can go with this style as one album is fine but multiple albums of this ilk will just leave me saying … meh!

Best rock duo ever!!!!!!!!!!!

Sound so professional. Great album


Formed: January, 2013 in Brighton, Sussex, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '10s

Brighton duo Royal Blood channeled the blues-rock dynamism of the likes of the White Stripes, the Black Keys, and Two Gallants, yet they amped up the ferocity and volume with scuzzy riffs and blustering energy. Comprising drummer Ben Thatcher and bassist/vocalist Mike Kerr, the two-piece formed at the beginning of 2013 when Kerr returned from a trip to Australia and Thatcher picked him up from the airport. They managed to play their first show the very next day and continued to write new material...
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