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Blackened Sky (Expanded Edition) by Biffy Clyro
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9/10 Jack Randerson 31st May 2016

After having just released a promising EP featuring the massive anthemic "57" and the catchy alternative almost emo sounding "Justboy" Scottish rock band Biffy Clyro embark on their first Studio album with "Blackened Sky"

Released during the height of the "Nu-Metal" scene, Biffy Clyro decided to go for a much grungier alternative sound, a sound that sounds like a mix between Nirvana & Pixies with their own style added to the mix. Throughout this album, they experiment passionately with their sound going from post-hardcore to alternative rock to various other genres and sounds, from being right in your face to being very quiet, mellow and sweet sounding & ultimately giving listeners something very raw sounding whilst also being very random in places making listeners think "What's going to happen next?", which is what makes this album such a dark & beautiful mess in the best possible way.

The album throughout leans towards a dark sound, to some this can be very off putting due to its dreariness, but in a way, that's what makes it so great as it allowed them to go through with songs such as the 6 minutes long "Kill The Young, Torture Their Old" which starts of with pure adrenaline and angst-filled screams to the slowed down tempo and harmonies later on.

The album as a whole is filled with lots of angst-driven screams, slowed down tempos, random time signatures & interesting guitar sounds with much more shade than light, this can be a bit much at times but I feel it pays of with the massive choruses from songs liked 57, 27 & "The Go-Slow" and allows the soaring angst-ridden screams, random time signatures and moments of adrenaline to have much more impact.

Overall, a magnificently fine start from a band that has gone on to take the UK by storm, album after album.



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