LIVE REVIEW: Biffy Clyro @ Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle (02.12.16) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Glaswegian rock trio Biffy Clyro dropped into the Metro Radio Arena on their latest Ellipsis album tour.

A grandiose operatic overture heightened the crowd’s suspense as the Arena lights dimmed to welcome the band to the stage. Biffy smashed straight into new album’s lead single Wolves Of Winter, bringing theAarena floor to life with a sea of jumping, arm chopping, glorious singing and mosh pits.

Wearing their usual skins attire (except frontman Simon whom opted for a more visual quadruple XL shirt for the first few songs) the band were soon sweating over beaten instruments as they moved around the impressive stage, which boasted numerous large LED square-pillared structures, pulsating to accent the beat of stuttering riffs and enormous sing-along choruses.

Amongst a set list of brazen rock tunes and the more melodious commercial hits of late, it was a personal highlight to reminisce when the band revisited their second single Justboy in all of its harmonious glory from 2001.


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Throughout the night, insanely catchy melodies complemented the tight musicianship, oozing years of live experience which was bolstered via the incredible Oceansize guitarist Mike Vennart and pianist Richard Ingram, a pleasing mainstay to the current live line-up.

It is always a pleasure to experience a creative band such as Biffy live, particularly when they experiment with different forms, sounds, melodies and left of the norm riffage; all of which where perfectly showcased tonight, particularly on the closing to Wave Upon Wave Upon Wave which featured a simple yet unique live technique of a track fade, something which I’ve never experienced a band imitate in real time before.

Credit is due to Biffy Clyro for years of persistence; the continue to bring their unique brand of progressive rock, metal, incomprehensible screams, humorous noises and anthemic choruses across to the masses, and the band’s commercial level of success is never more evident than tonight with 10,000 North East voices chanting at every opportunity

‘Mon the Biff.

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