The Royal Society - The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster

Universal acclaim - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Confrontational, clammy, brimming with confidence... ‘Royal Society’ is as majestic as its title implies.
  2. This record is full of the illogical, instinctive, incomprehensible poetry that the BEST Rock & Roll lyrics are made of, and contains some of the most distinctive and indeed brilliant music of the last ten years/twenty five years/ever/let's get more carried away.
  3. A demented, disjointed, delicious-as-human-rump-steak modern classic. [23 Oct 2004, p.49]
  4. 80
    Explores themes of mental derailment and the black arts against a backdrop of the heaviest psychobilly, grunge-metal and stoner rock. [Nov 2004, p.106]
  5. There’s something horrific about this record; it’s possessed by an indefinable evil that permeates every song.
  6. [Singer Guy] McKnight's baritone, which could earn him a packet doing horror movie voiceovers, injects melodrama into songs already drowning in it.
  7. These songs display such moustache-twirling camp that they exert a lively pull despite the undead atmospherics. [Dec 2004, p.136]
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. JohnH
    Jan 23, 2006
    In my opinion, this is THE most underrated band in the world TODAY. Trust me, listen to these guys. Look online for a streamed free-play. Tune in to music channels, and hope that they come on. This band NEEDS to be heard. Full stop. Full Review »
  2. Kesher
    May 29, 2005
    Hahahaha and indeed ha! Riffs from Heaven...Basslines from Hell...Thumbs Up !!
  3. Foxy
    Mar 1, 2005
    What a great follow-up to Hörse Of The Dög. They couldn't have got it much better!