August 23, 2009

Simon Neil of Biffy Clyro

Simon Neil of Biffy Clyro


Scottish Rock Gods Biffy Clyro are back with yet another epic, apocalyptic monster of a track, That Golden Rule, which is to be released tomorrow (Monday the 24th of August ’09), from new album Only Revolutions  (set for release October this year). Biffy fans will be pleased to know that the band are again working with Puzzle producer Garth Richardson, who played such a huge part in the album that catapulted the trio into the mainstream in 2007, but the direction will be more ‘classic Biffy’, as stated by drummer Ben Johnston in an XFM interview.

Following on from the incredibly successful and highly acclaimed ‘non-album’ single Mountains from 2008 was never going to be easy – Mountains being by far their most commercially appealing effort, peaking at number 5 in the UK. However with signature Biffy, distortion-doused, whirlwind riff-driven verses, characterised by that standard Simon Neil growl, and high tempo, Punky drum lines, juxtaposed against delicate, beautiful, sparse and stripped down choruses with descending melodies, That Golden Rule holds its own. The track is essentially split into two parts – the second being a jaw-droppingly immense piece of Classical-infused instrumental Rock, with irregular, start-stop rhythms, and heavy powerchord progressions mimicked by a powerful string section blasting out intense melodic riffs.

That Golden Rule is both challenging and infectious to the modern rock fan. With stadium worthy, chant-along choruses and complicated polyrhythms it is instantly accessible and yet also undoubtedly genius in musicality – a real work of art to rival even Mountains.


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