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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 guitar 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 has an attack that's ruthlessly direct.

Customer Reviews

Very enjoyable

This album really surprised me. I enjoyed it very much. I would say its kind of like black keys sound but better. Finally some music my husband and I can agree on!

Jack White + Foo Fighters

These guys got it right. Even more amazing that they make such an awesome sound with only two people. Serious talent right there.


This was the first complete album I've bought in a while because a lot of the time it's not even worth it . I'm so glad I bought this one. It is a great album from beginning to end. Not one bad track. If you're a fan of good music this is a Must Buy. You won't be disappointed.


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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