Spread over two discs, Opposites may be considered overzealous. Nevertheless, the size of the collection allows the Scottish guitar-wielders to please both casual listeners and longtime fans. Lead single 'Black Chandelier' lends itself to an easy rock-out vibe; its rousing riffs, growly guitars and a sing-along chorus are ready to bill them as stadium-playing rockstars.
'Opposite' and 'Skylight' follow suit as soft, melodic numbers packed with achy breaky heart dialogue. It's the kind of formula that won Snow Patrol and Kings of Leon global appeal, indicating that after almost 20 years they're ready to hoist themselves to the same level. However, that's not to say fans of their harder sound have been ignored.
'Stingin Belle' knocks you sideways with its thrashing guitars, bagpipes and a chanting chorus, while 'Modern Magic Formula' and 'Woo Woo' offer plenty opportunity for head-banging. Biffy Clyro may have refrained from experimenting as much as they have done in the past on Opposites, but it remains pleasingly consistent throughout which, at 20 tracks long, is a notable achievement in itself.
Tracks to download: 'Black Chandelier', 'Stingin Belle', 'Skylight'
If you like this, you'll like: Snow Patrol, Kings of Leon, 30 Seconds To Mars
Watch the music video for Biffy Clyro's 'Black Chandelier' below: