11th Apr, 2021

Music: Royal Blood storm back with new single ahead of their third album

James Iles 1st Apr, 2021

EXCITEMENT is building for Royal Blood’s forthcoming third album ‘Typhoons’ after the duo shared their brand new single ‘Limbo’.

The track has just been premiered as Annie Mac’s ‘Hottest Record in the World’, making it the duo’s third consecutive release to be rewarded with that accolade after ‘Trouble’s Coming’ and ‘Typhoons’ – both of which were playlisted at Radio 1, accumulating over 36 million streams to date.

The band’s return has been further heralded with ‘Trouble’s Coming’ hitting No.1 on US rock radio (their fourth single to achieve that feat) and achieving the highest US alternative radio chart position of their career to date.

It has also provided their biggest moment so far in Canada, where it became their first No.1 on the rock chart and remains at No.3 after a 24-week run.

Royal Blood’s international profile has been further amplified by some high impact playlist covers, including Rock This and NME’s Best New Tracks at Spotify, and Rock Scene at Amazon Music

Arguably the most boundary-pushing moment on the upcoming album, ‘Limbo’ wields the two furthest extremes of the Royal Blood sound into a song that feels absolutely natural.

The luminous mirrorball synth that shines from the hook stands out as being a bold step into the unknown, but the tight, battering rhythms of the verses feel like Royal Blood at their most primal.

And by the time those two elements coalesce into the song’s powerful finale, it’s apparent that the duo have created something remarkably different while staying true to the band’s roots.

Royal Blood said: “It is without a doubt the most ambitious and wildest we have allowed ourselves to be and we can’t wait to invite you this far down the rabbit hole with us.”

Royal Blood performed ‘Limbo’ for the first time when they appeared as avatars during a three-song virtual show in a space-themed venue at the 2021 Bloxy Awards.

The ceremony, Roblox’s celebration of the passion, talent, and creativity of the Roblox community of creators and players, took place on the Roblox Platform.

‘Limbo’, ‘Typhoons’ and ‘Trouble’s Coming’ are all provided as instant downloads for fans who pre-order the album.

It will be released on digital, vinyl and CD formats.

The official Royal Blood store offers a deluxe vinyl edition that will be limited to a one-time run of 8,000 copies worldwide.

Elsewhere, Amazon and select indie stores will both stock their own exclusive coloured vinyl editions, while HMV will package the standard vinyl with an exclusive art print.

A cassette is also available from the official Royal Blood store.

A special Zoetrope vinyl edition issued by Blood Records sold-out all 3,000 copies of its one-off pressing in just four hours.

With ‘Typhoons’, Royal Blood look destined to be bigger than ever.

Their previous two albums both went straight to No.1 in the UK, in the process accumulating 2million global sales.

The duo have won the BRIT Award for Best British Group, two NME Awards and a Kerrang! Award.

Their debut album was also nominated for the Mercury Prize.

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