“It’s good to be back,” Band of Skulls guitarist, Russell Marsden, tells the crowd. In response, the elated crowd grapple over each other to get closer to tonight’s heroes. Etta James’ At Last soundtracks the bands entry, followed by a wordless break into the exhilarating, unadulterated sound of Band of Skulls.

The band begin proud, tight-lipped and reverentially aware, projecting the true persona of rock and roll. Sultry bassist and vocalist, Emma Richardson, manages to remain like this until Patterns kicks in and the crowd’s ecstatic reaction causes a smile to ripple across her lips.

Band of Skulls’ debut album, Baby Darling Dollface Honey was 2009’s biggest rock album. While new dance/dnb/techno genres were spawning weekly, the Southampton 3-piece were defiantly crusading on, creating a production-perfect sound, full of debilitating guitar riffs and roaring vocals.

Tonight, the sold-out crowd at London’s Heaven are treated to the majority of Baby Darling… along with some previews of the new album. The new tracks played (including new single, ‘The Devil takes care of his Own’) show Band of Skulls taking a risk, shedding their popular “woah-oh” choruses and replacing them with splintering guitar solos. Apart from one track that veers into the ugly side of grunge, the band’s new material suggests their second album could be even more raucously divine than their debut.

Finishing their set with a trilogy of their best hits – 'Light of the Morning' (sensational), 'Diamonds and Pearls' (irresistibly sleazy) and 'I Know What I Am' (mind-blowing), it is feared that an average encore may put a downer on an otherwise incredible set. The band return however and amicably wind down the crowd with ‘Hollywood Bowl’ and the elating ‘Impossible’.

This year’s music scene is missing integral indie rock bands that embody the holy trinity (guitar, bass and drums). “It’s the fall of rock and roll,” Russell sings during slowed-down number ‘Cold Fame’. I disagree sir, I think you might just be its saviour.