Former Inhale/Exhale frontman Ryland Raus has returned with a new band and if you’re expecting something similar to his previous act, you’re going to be disappointed. Not for long though, because the upbeat rhythms and infectious, pop chorus of ‘This City’ is enough to absolve you of any unsavoury feelings.

This is the first taster of what Royalties are all about and and it’s a great opening statement. It may not be the intense metalcore that Raus is used to being associated with, but we’ve got enough of those bands anyway. What we really need is a pop-rock act with some musical integrity, catchy hooks and gritty vocals. We have all of that here and I want more of it!