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Ben Walton's Top Ten Albums Of 2016


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Some great bands made awful albums and other surprising bands put out great work.

Putting this list together was pretty hard work and near misses on the top ten go to CRX, Banks and Steelz, Suede and We Cut Corners who all produced decent records. Next year is already shaping up to be a cracking year with releases planned for Queens of the Stone Age, Soundgarden, Beck and Father John Misty, but for now, here are my top records of 2016:

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Biffy Clyro - Leeds First Direct Arena, 4th December 2016 - Live Review


Biffy Clyro are basically a UK national treasure at this point and a worthy one too. They spent their first several years as post-hardcore/math-rock weirdos across albums like 'Vertigo Bliss' and 'Infinity Land', whereas records like 2007's 'Puzzle' and 2009's 'Only Revelations' saw the group achieve melodic rock perfection but still with the bite of their early days. All these ingredients make for a band which can play to masses of people and yet deliver a fierce sincerity to every single member of the audience. Tonight's performance at Leeds' First Direct Arena is no different as they hit the stage in support of their newest album 'Ellipsis.'

Biffy Clyro - Leeds First Direct Arena, 4th December 2016 - Live Review

Emo heroes Brand New get things started tonight with a primal set that makes this arena setting feel like a basement show in how they savagely press guitars against amps for scratchy feedback, mosh pits get going and the bitter, miserable nature of Brand New's material. Playing a 'The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Of Me' heavy set, with songs as emotional and raw as 'Jesus' and 'Sowing Season' it's pretty easy for Brand New to build a strong connection with the audience. They're a band worthy of headlining places like this and whilst they're playing, it really feels like it's their own gig.

Speaking of primal, despite all the success, the gloss of their monolithic stage show, Biffy Clyro are purely animalistic when it comes to their performance. It's rare across the two hours they play for tonight, that frontman Simon Neil isn't headbanging, jerking limbs or thrashing at his guitar. Ben Johnston is a beast on the kit, hitting each beat with impenetrable muscle and his bassist twin, James Johnston, will constantly be skipping around and stomping with Neil. All of this amongst colossal, colour-changing rectangles and dazzling lasers. Visually this show is never anything less than stunning.

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Biffy Clyro Outselling The Rest Of The Top Five Combined In Mid-Week UK Albums Chart


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Scottish rockers Biffy Clyro are on track to score the second number one album of their career with new record Ellipsis. Ellipsis is the band’s seventh studio album and was released on Friday (July 8) and it's so far taken a strong lead in this week's chart.

Biffy ClyroBiffy Clyro are on track for a number one album with Ellipsis.

According to the Official Chart Company’s midweek chart update Ellipsis is currently outselling the rest of this week’s top five albums combined. The band’s closest competition is last week’s number two, Adele’s 25, which is currently a non-mover in the midweeks.

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Biffy Clyro And Fall Out Boy Announced As Reading And Leeds Co-Headliners


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Biffy Clyro And Fall Out Boy have been announced as the final headliners for this year’s Reading & Leeds Festival. The two American bands join Foals, Disclosure and Red Hot Chili Peppers who are also topping the bill over the August bank holiday.

Fall out boyFall Out Boy have been announced as headliners for this year’s Reading and Leeds festival.

The two bands will play on the same days as The 1975, The Vaccines and rapper A$AP Rocky. Also just added to this year’s bill are HAIM, Travi$ Scott, Jack Garratt, The Wombats, Chvrches and Lower Than Atlantis.

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Biffy Clyro - Bands play in Princess Street Garden before midnight as part of the Hogmanay celebrations for 2016 in Edinburgh - Edinburgh, United Kingdom - Thursday 31st December 2015

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Simon Neil, Ben Johnston, James Johnston and Biffy Clyro - A variety if A-Listers from the music industry were photographed as they arrived at the MTV European Music Awards 2014 which was held at the The Hydro arena in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom - Sunday 9th November 2014

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Slash And Biffy Clyro Set To Rock Glasgow With O2 Academy Show On 7th November 2014

Posted on 29 October 2014

Slash And Biffy Clyro Set To Rock Glasgow With O2 Academy Show On 7th November 2014

Biffy Clyro, Calvin Harris And Pharrell Williams All Annouced To Join T In The Park 2014 Line-Up

Posted on 26 February 2014

Biffy Clyro, Calvin Harris And Pharrell Williams All Annouced To Join T In The Park 2014 Line-up

Simon Neil (Biffy Clyro) - The Q Awards 2013 held at Grosvenor House - Arrivals - London, United Kingdom - Monday 21st October 2013

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Simon Neil, James Johnstone, Ben Johnston and Biffy Clyro - The Q Awards 2013 held at Grosvenor House - Outside Arrivals - London, United Kingdom - Monday 21st October 2013

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Q Awards Odds: Bowie, Arctic Monkeys & Daft Punk Set To Dominate


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It's that time of year when music magazine Q's awards are rolling round again and the bookies begin to speculate on which acts have best defined the year in music. With a quick glance at the list, it's easy to see that 2012/2013 has been a year of David Bowie after the veteran English popstar made his highly lauded comeback.

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It's Been A Great Year For Bowie.

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Biffy Clyro - Bands arriving for Arthur's Day (Arthur Guinness) at Morrison Hotel - Dublin, Ireland - Wednesday 25th September 2013

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Ben Johnston and Biffy Clyro - London Fashion Week SS14 - Burberry Prorsum s/s 2014 - Arrivals - London, United Kingdom - Saturday 1st January 2000

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Biffy Clyro - London Fashion Week SS14 - Burberry Prorsum held at Kensington Gardens - Arrivals - London, United Kingdom - Monday 16th September 2013

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Biffy Clyro and Simon Neil - Biffy Clyro headline day 1 at Leeds Festival 2013 - Leeds, United Kingdom - Friday 23rd August 2013

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BBC Introducing Stage, Dance To The Radio And Even More For The Leeds And Reading Festivals On 23-25 August 2013

Posted on 25 July 2013

Bbc Introducing Stage, Dance To The Radio And Even More For The Leeds And Reading Festivals On 23-25 August 2013

Biffy Clyro - Biffy Clyro performing in concert at the Amsterdam ArenA - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Tuesday 4th June 2013

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Simon Neil and Biffy Clyro - Biffy Clyro perform live at Liseberg Amusement Park - Gothenburg, Sweden - Saturday 1st June 2013

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Biffy Clyro performing live in concert at the O2 Arena - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 3rd April 2013

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'Opposites' Attracts: Biffy Clyro Prove Their Worth At London's O2 Arena


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If ever there was any doubt that Biffy Clyro had perhaps not readied themselves for the stadium-filling duties that come with having a number one album (Opposites), then last night’s show at London’s vast O2 Arena crushed those doubts, with little uncertainty. It’s been a slow and steady climb to the top for Biffy; they went from scrappy indie rockers to semi-glossy anthem authors in the space of around 18 years. They’ve done things the arduous way, which makes their current reign of glory all the more deserved and last night the Scottish rockers proved that they are fully deserving of their new arena-packing success.

On the last night of the arena tour, The Telegraph write, “Biffy Clyro came across as thrillingly unreconstructed. “If anyone’s still sitting, get off your a---, this is a rock 'n’ roll show!” growled singer/guitarist Simon Neil, and he wasn’t posturing.” Indeed, their “inability to stay in a shirt for more than 10 minutes” also endeared them to The Guardian’s Mark Beaumont, who added that their chart-topping album Opposites, “is a welcome injection of artful accessibility into an unwieldy catalogue, already leaning towards grandstanding rock choruses by 2007's Puzzle.”

Far from polished, though, Biffy are stomping their way into the mainstream with shirts off, tattoos out and hair flying. The set came complete with “pyrotechnics, lasers and confetti storms,” the Evening Standard report but the band have a way to go before they lose that gnarliness that first stamped their mark on the scene. 

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James Johnston - Biffy Clyro playing a headline gig at the SECC - Glasgow, Scotland - Monday 1st April 2013

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James Johnston - Biffy Clyro performing live in concert at the Manchester Arena - Manchester, United Kingdom - Monday 25th March 2013

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James Johnston - Biffy Clyro performing live on stage on their 'Opposites' tour at the LG Arena - Birmingham, United Kingdom - Thursday 21st March 2013

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Biffy Clyro - Scottish band Biffy Clyro performing at the Nosturi Club - Helsinki, Finland - Thursday 28th February 2013

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Leeds And Reading Festival Announce Headliners Biffy Clyro Alongside System Of A Down, Foals, Fall Out Boy, Jake Bugg & Bring Me The Horizon

Posted on 04 February 2013

Leeds And Reading Festival Announce Headliners Biffy Clyro Alongside System Of A Down, Foals, Fall Out Boy, Jake Bugg & Bring Me The Horizon

Coachella 2013 Lineup Announcement

Posted on 29 January 2013

Coachella 2013 Lineup Announcement

Out Now - UK Albums Releases: Biffy Clyro's Double Disc Opus Opposites, Fleetwood Mac Release 35th Birthday Version Of Rumours, Justin Bieber's Believe Gets Stripped


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Biffy Clyro have, somewhat ambitiously, decided to opt for a double album release for their sixth studio album. The Scottish alt-rockers recently described the Opposites experience as “like climbing up Mount Biffymanjaro,” in an interview with NME. We’re hoping that this means they see it as a rewarding experience, rather than a death-defying and terribly gruelling one. The two discs are named separately: The Land At The End Of Our Toes and The Sand At The Core Of Our Bones. With 20 songs spread across the two discs, this is a ballsy approach from a band of Biffy Clyro’s stature.

Reviews suggest that – somewhat predictably – the quality control may have been overlooked in favour of adding out the two discs and that they have lost their edge, in favour of a more stadium-friendly sound. That’s not to say that the band are being shunned for their grand gesture, though; Opposites remains a sturdy effort and will go down well with Biffy’s ever-growing fan base.

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Nme Awards 2013 Nominations Announced

Posted on 22 January 2013

Nme Awards 2013 Nominations Announced

Pictures: Ellie Goulding, Ollie Murs And More Show For Good Time At Fearne Cotton's Festive Radio Special


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Ellie Goulding was among the stars who turned up for Fearne Cotton's festive special

It was fun and games at BBC Radio One DJ Fearne Cotton's house this morning (December 21, 2012) as the imminently expecting disc jockey invited a host of friends around for a live broadcast of her show. This week's been a tough one for Cotton, with it being revealed that her ex-boyfriend, Ian Watkins of the Welsh band Lostprophets, was arrested and remanded in custody on charges of a sexual nature; how great then that her celebrity pals rallied around her for this festive edition of her show.

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Ten Second Epic Announce European 2010 Tour

Posted on 27 September 2010

Ten Second Epic Announce European 2010 Tour

Biffy Clyro, Bubbles Single Review


Biffy Clyro are a strange bunch really, their first record was one that spilt opinion, you either got into it after hearing the first chord to the first song or you just didn't get them. This trend continued up until their fourth album which saw the band take a different turn and a mass of new fans flocked along, Biffy Clyro seem to have taken note and carried it through to their fifth studio album 'Only Revolutions'.

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Biffy Clyro, Saturday Superhouse Single Review


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Biffy Clyro, The Puzzle, Album Review


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Biffy Clyro, Living is a Problem Because Everything Dies, Single Review


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Biffy Clyro, Semi-Mental, Single Review


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