With the release of their self-titled debut in 2014, the British rock duo Royal Blood took the rock world by storm going from relative unknowns to making huge festival appearances seemingly overnight.   What’s been the secret to their success?  With hammering riffs and infectious melodies, the duo have given rock fans exactly what they’ve been craving.  The band looks to continue this magic formula on their sophomore album “How Did We Get So Dark?”

When listening to Royal Blood, the first thing you notice is the absolute immensity of the sound.  It seems almost impossible to achieve such a huge sonic blast from only a two piece but lead vocalist and bassist Mike Kerr and drummer Ben Thatcher make it happen.  One is instantly hooked whether it’s the bouncing beats and catchy melody of “I Only Lie When I Love You” or the punishing riffs and fiery solo of “Lights Out.” Don’t miss the massive riff in “Hook, Line, and Sinker” or the dark grind of “She’s Creeping.”

With “How Did We Get So Dark?,” Royal Blood has avoided the dreaded sophomore slump and taken another step forward towards rock and roll superstardom.

About The Author Kris Engelhart

I am a small business owner, freelance writer, and part-time piano instructor in Charlotte, NC. My musical career started at the age of five when I was forced into taking piano lessons. I played flute in the school band and added the guitar as a young teen. There is nothing I would rather do than be at a live show. My first concert was Shaun Cassidy at the Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo in 1978.
My top five live shows ever are:

1. Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band – Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, NY 1984- They played for 3 ½ hours and it was awesome.

2. Carolina Rebellion- Metrolina Expo Grounds, Charlotte, NC, May, 2011 – The first ever Carolina Rebellion featured over 15 bands with Avenged Sevenfold headlining. Non-stop music for over 12 hours.
3. Chevelle- Food Lion Speed Street, Charlotte, NC, May, 2008 – The first time I ever saw Chevelle live and I was hooked!
4. Skillet with Red- Bojangle’s Coliseum, Charlotte, NC, April, 2010 – Skillet is one of my favorite bands and they totally kick it live.
5. 106.5 The End’s Weenie Roast #9- Verizon Wireless Amiptheater, Charlotte, NC , October, 2003- Featured Staind, Shinedown, Three Days Grace.