How Did We Get So Dark?, again showcases the band’s tunefully thunderous joy.
One’s a bit taken aback by the massive attack Brighton boys Royal Blood create together, seeing as how it’s just two fellas making all the noise. Bassist-vocalist Mike Kerr, drummer Ben Thatcher and no bloody guitarist made a sizable splash with their eponymous 2014 debut album, which hit No. 1 in the U.K. charts and Top 20 in 12 countries, to date selling more than a million copies and copping a BRIT Award for Best British Band in 2015. Boasting superbly melodic songs and their trademarked full-spectrum sound — augmented with Kerr’s array of effects on his bass and Thatcher’s small collection of triggers/samplers, though equally indebted to the explosive dynamic these two generate when in close proximity to each other — their recent follow-up,