Album Review: Biffy Clyro – The Myth Of The Happily Ever After

The Myth Of The Happily Ever After is the latest album release from Biffy Clyro, a band that should need no introduction to music fans. They’ve been rather controversial in recent years due to their change in sound – they started off as an experimental rock band, but Biffy’s music has become a lot more poppy recently, with many of their more modern songs having a mainstream feel to them.

By Jane Howkins

I’m pleased to say that Biffy Clyro seem to have recaptured their old sound on their new release – whilst opener Dum Dum is a bit of a slow burner (although it opens the album up perfectly), it soon gets into heavy rock territory very fast. Of course, there are slower, quieter songs present too – one such example is Haru Urara which is a mid-tempo pop-rock song with some spidery guitar melodies running through the track. Holy Water is mainly an acoustic song, showing the lighter side of the band. I have to say that my favourite songs were the heavier rock songs though.

A Hunger In Your Haunt was one of my favourite songs on the album and has a killer riff that opens the song – it’s catchy but still sounds heavy and there is an experimental feel to the main riff. Denier is even heavier with an opening riff and rhythm that sounds like it could almost be part of a punk song – the ‘whoas’ lend a poppy feel to it and the synths in the background round it out nicely.

Closing track Slurpy Slurpy Sleep Sleep is possible one of the best things they’ve ever done and reminded me a lot of their earlier songs – it starts off with an electronic melody and some nonsense words repeated in short succession, before the riffs kick in. The vocals change between singing and screaming – newer fans may be put off by this but I loved it. It sounds like a culmination of Biffy’s career as a whole and was well received by me.

The Myth Of The Happily Ever After was announced as a surprise album and the content of the record has really surprised me as well. The songs here are some of the best ones that the band have ever done and it’s great to hear them going back to their roots. There’s something for every type of Biffy fan on here so if you’ve ever enjoyed their music, I highly recommend you check it out!