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Royal blood
(Music Recording)

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Published:
Burbank, CA : Black Mammoth/Warner Bros., [2014].
Format:
Music Recording
Edition:
[Explicit version]
Physical Desc:
1 audio disc (32 min., 41 sec.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Status:
Louisville Adult Music on CD
CD POP/ROCK ROY
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Louisville Adult Music on CD
CD POP/ROCK ROY
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Jul 26, 2019
Description
The bludgeoning opener to Royal Blood's self-titled debut, "Out of the Black" is a riff-fueled onslaught that belies their two-piece status; with just a heavily processed bass guitar and a drum set between them, they make some four-piece rock bands look inconsequential. Their bustling career started just 24 hours after drummer Ben Thatcher picked up vocalist/bassist Mike Kerr after he touched down from a trip to Australia with a show in their hometown in Brighton, and they didn't look back. In roughly a year together Royal Blood have learned quickly, and tour dates and the early support of Arctic Monkeys -- who themselves were thrust quickly into the limelight -- influenced tracks such as "Blood Hands," which has all the cocksure swagger of the Sheffield outfit. Combining crushing drums and Kerr's hybrid bass setup -- which is ingeniously split through both a bass amp and a guitar amp, with pitch-shifters, modulation, and heavy distortion bolstering the rugged sound -- the duo draws immediate comparisons to luminaries the White Stripes, with "Loose Change" bearing significant familiarity, while there are nods at various times to Muse and Two Gallants as Royal Blood pummel their way through "Figure It Out." When Kerr and Thatcher aren't pounding their instruments hard, the limitations to their sparse setup does leave songs feeling a little flat, with "You Can Be So Cruel" and "Ten Tonne Skeleton" suffering slightly to fill the dynamics, but at the same time strains of early Queens of the Stone Age creep into the rolling guitar riffs and Kerr's voice is stretched to its limits. However, it's not all guitars and drums, and singles "Little Monster" and "Come on Over" illustrate their aptitude for well-crafted structures and melodies, and the moody delivery of Kerr's wholehearted vocals is prominent in the radio-friendly mix. The whirlwind year that took the duo from obscurity to 2013's Glastonbury Festival is akin to the full-throttle rock music Royal Blood create, and there is little time for respite during their breezy debut album that bridges the gap between heavy-hitting rock and digestible pop/rock. ~ Scott Kerr
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APA Citation (style guide)

Royal Blood (Musical group). (2014). Royal blood. [Explicit version] Burbank, CA: Black Mammoth/Warner Bros.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

Royal Blood (Musical group). 2014. Royal Blood. Burbank, CA: Black Mammoth/Warner Bros.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities Citation (style guide)

Royal Blood (Musical group), Royal Blood. Burbank, CA: Black Mammoth/Warner Bros, 2014.

MLA Citation (style guide)

Royal Blood (Musical group). Royal Blood. [Explicit version] Burbank, CA: Black Mammoth/Warner Bros, 2014.

Note! Citation formats are based on standards as of July 2010. Citations contain only title, author, edition, publisher, and year published. Citations should be used as a guideline and should be double checked for accuracy.
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