10 Songs, 32 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.
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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
653 Ratings

653 Ratings

Win Noble ,

Excellent… Don’t listen to “Jazzrasta"

Can’t wait for this album.

FYI, Jazzrasta’s highest reviewed album is a singer from “The Voice” covering “Lady Marmalade.” You seriously have no business rating anything ever again in your pathetic life.

Ryan Pa. ,

Best New Band to come along in a LONG time.

I had the privilege to see these guys in Brooklyn a few months ago, they blew me away. I bought all the singles and can't wait until their debut album drops on the 25th.

Beginneragain85 ,

great band

why is it that a two piece band must be a rip off of the white stripes. I think these boys have got thier own style, cant wait for the full album! unlike the white stripes the drummer is better than your average 7 year old

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