With the release of their sixth studio album, Opposites, Biffy Clyro had some rather large expectations lying at their feet for their UK and European tour.
And considering the rough ride including addiction and miscarriages recently, the band pulled through and created a double album (yes, double!) which has them undoubtedly heading for even more success.
Boasting an impressive 26 song set list in its entirety; the Scottish trio were feeding each and every possible desire, offering us a juicy selection of tracks including ‘Justboy’, from the 2002 album Blackened Sky, straight through into emotional new tracks from the newly released, number one album Opposites.
Replying to the crowd’s excited “mon the biff” chants, the band open with the first track from the new album, ‘Different People’. The song eases the crowd in with an instrumental start with Simon Neil stood alone in front of a white curtain, as an aesthetically genius set is slowly revealed boasting a beautifully strange ribcage-tree infusion. Biff then plunge straight into the wonderfully hectic ‘That Golden Rule’, whipping the crowd into even more of a bewildered frenzy.
Following with five more songs from Opposites, including ‘Black Chandelier’, the crowd lap up every note – often a rarity for new material. The final of the five is the calmer title track ‘Opposite’, that the audience seem to appreciate as much as the sensory assaults of the more energetic songs.
Next, the band lie down the wickedly awkward ‘Living Is A Problem Because Everything Dies’ from the Puzzle album, which inevitably sends the crowd into a state of hyper-activeness. For the song, Simon Neil steps closer to the audience and the lights dim, cloaking him in a single spotlight. His presence is almost spooky, whilst his sudden head movements and fixated stare add to the unnatural flow of the track.
From now on, Biffy start ripping into the hits such as ‘Bubbles’ and the newly release ‘Biblical’, for which the standing crowd in particular become visibly electric. Both songs are perfectly executed by the trio, clearly helping the atmosphere to stay sky-high for the duration of the gig.
A few of the old timers, such as ‘There’s No Such Thing As A Jaggy Snake’ shared time with new songs, which fans sunk their nostalgic teeth into, up until ‘The Thaw’, ‘God & Satan’ and the hugely popular ‘Machines’.
As the main show draws to an end, the well-loved ‘Who’s Got A Match?’ and euphoric ‘Many Of Horror’ are ideal tracks for bringing the night to a close, just before we are greeted by ‘The Captain’. The band give it their all, adding in elongated words and higher pitched solos that aren’t found on the album. A well planned triple song encore, consisting of ‘Skylight’, ‘Stingin’ Belle’ and ‘Mountains’ end the show perfectly.
Biffy, as always, left the crowd in a deliriously happy state as they march off into the blizzard conditions, following a great night of entertainment from one of Britain’s best home-grown bands.
4 stars ★★★★✰