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English rock band Royal Blood scored big with its self-ti­tled de­but al­bum in 2014 on the back of the hit sin­gle ‘Fig­ure It Out’. Now comes the dif­fi­cult sec­ond al­bum. How­ever, the band (ba­si­cally the duo of Mike Kerr and Ben Thatcher) has de­liv­ered on its prom­ise, re­leas­ing the im­pres­sive 10-track al­bum How Did We Get So

Dark?. Kerr has cap­tured the Jimmy Page style of grind­ing repet­i­tive riffs, notably on ‘Lights Out’, a breakup song of sorts. Royal Blood im­proves on that for­mula with the spite­ful ‘She’s Creep­ing’, although the pow­er­ful ‘Hook, Line & Sinker’ is ar­guably the al­bum’s best track. The in­tro­duc­tion of key­boards to ‘Hole In Your Heart’ adds another di­men­sion to the band’s sound, with Kerr’s wide-rang­ing vo­cals in full cry. Royal Blood will be touring Aus­tralia in May next year.

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