Album Review: Biffy Clyro - Ellipsis

30 June 2016 | 4:15 pm | Paul Barbieri

"The boys roll out their best song first."

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Coming off 2013's epic double album Opposites, Scottish three-piece Biffy Clyro have knuckled down for a sharper burst of tunes, but the results remain mixed for this inconsistent band.

Opener Wolves Of Winter is a cracker, laying out massive riffs and a stadium-ready chorus. But the boys roll out their best song first and while propulsive single Animal Style has good moments, it doesn't quite hit the mark. Too many other tracks, though, are mired with cringe-worthy '90s-style vocals, dated guitar lines or are just overproduced. The exception is powerful ballad Medicine, which demonstrates just how good these guys can be once they forego the production tricks and just focus on a tune.