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Royal Blood - Royal Blood

Gareth Pierce
Gareth Pierce 3 September 2014 at 12.00

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It's reached Number One in the Official UK Charts and with good reason. Here's what we made of Royal Blood's cracking self-titled debut

Royal Blood’s blueprint is simple: hack Led Zeppelin back to their thunderous rhythm section, chuck in Prince’s ear for a hit, add riffs by the truckload and play every bass thump and snare strike like it’s your last on earth. But if it was that bloody easy, everyone would be doing it. Devastating debut ‘Out Of The Black’ set a bar they’ve been trying to vault ever since, and listening to ‘Royal Blood’, it’s impossible not to stand and admire as the complete canvas is revealed. With barely a weak song in sight, the Brighton duo have delivered a collection of tracks of taut, visceral quality.

This review originally appears in issue 191 of Rock Sound. You can download it digitally, order a copy to your door or pick it up in stores now!

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