Only recently recovered from the indignity of being filed under Clyro in our increasingly eccentric filing system, here is a new record from enormously popular and enormously tattooed Scottish power rock trio Biffy Clyro. The band describe the record as more of a punch in the nose than a cuddle and it continues their breed of massive complex poppy hi-end rock music.
Vinyl LP £16.99 0190295972806
LP on Warner Bros.
CD £12.49 0190295972820
Jewel case CD on Warner Bros.
Vinyl LP £19.99 0190295972783
Indies only CLEAR vinyl LP on Warner Bros. Edition of 1000 copies.
- Indies only
CD £13.99 0190295972813
Deluxe Edition digipak CD on Warner Bros. Includes 2 bonus tracks.
7/10 Matt Raby 8th July 2016
"Record this?!" Echoes Simon Neil over a slurry of disbelieving, almost mocking, laughter. This short studio fragment at the inception of the Scottish art/prog rockers latest offering attempts to set the tone for the entirety of the record, trying to communicate to the bands numerous and intensely loyal long term fans, who've often vocally mourned the loss of Biffy's unique edge in the last few years, that there's no need to worry, they're every bit as daring and eccentric as they ever were; before breaking in to one of those classic high octane riffs that have been there bread and butter for years.
Unfortunately however, it never quite seems to be able to stick that ambitious landing. Their is something missing, something integral, something that seems subtle at first but as the record goes on you just can't seem to ignore. The entire record smacks of that kind of polished studio mark that leaves you feeling inescapably artificial, Neil has stated on numerous occasions that he intended for this record to be a 'pint in your face' thrill ride, but the lack of Biffy's usual jagged edge leaves a somewhat bland taste in your mouth.
Not to say that this is by any means a bad record, certain songs, namely 'Animal Style' and 'In the Name of the Wee Man', have that riffaholic, stadium filling power to stay stuck in your head for a number of days. While "Flammable" offers a new and confident exploration into a fresh faced funk sound that was entirely welcome. If you're not particularily attached to their old sound, or just simply always preferred their newer work, I imagine you'll find a lot to enjoy from "Elipisis", a few months down the line however it's hard to imagine that any of them will have that constant power that leaves you belting them out with your mates for years to come.
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