Release Date: Jun 16, 2017
Record label: Warner Bros.
It didn't take Royal Blood long to reach the top. When they emerged in 2013 they were an amped-up, old-school rock phenomenon - and duly captured the global imagination with 2014's debut album. In its first week, that self-titled record sold 66,000 copies. There was talk of them spearheading a new wave of bombastic British rock, but the fact that the meteoric ascent of the Brighton duo - singer/guitarist Mike Kerr and drummer Ben Thatcher - didn't open the floodgates to followers only proves how unique their lean, muscular blues really is.
Royal Blood's new album has a title which chimes with the times, and music which hones and turbocharges rock's vocabulary for the unforgiving modern era. Royal Blood have never claimed to reinvent the wheel, but in recent years they have reinvigorated the popular face of the hell-raising riffs genre. Now they surmount the challenge of the 'difficult' second album with ease, turning down their power not a jot but improving their deceptively adept knack for songs and melodies.