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  • Audio CD (11 Mar. 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Beggars Banquet
  • ASIN: B00005UMPB
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
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Like most debut albums, Biffy Clyro's Blackened Sky functions as a sort of table of contents of its creators' record collections. In the case of this promising young Scottish trio, led by singer-songwriter Simon Neil, it's a safe bet that those collections would be assembled largely of American alternative rock of the late 1980s and early 90s, with particular emphasis on Nirvana, Fugazi and the Pixies. These influences can--and often do--result in supremely dreary records, less grunge than sludge, but Biffy Clyro are a good deal cleverer than that. They have an admirable knack for building songs on unorthodox time signatures without ever sounding fussy, and are able to shift from delicately drifting melodies to full throttle rock & roll without an audible grinding of gears--"The Go-Slow" and the winningly titled "Kill The Old, Torture Their Young" are particularly noteworthy in this respect. --Andrew Mueller

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I don't hand out 5 stars without a damn fine reason, and what a reason this is!
This album is quite simply one of the best I've heard so far this millenium. Its influences are kind of obvious - Nirvana, Pixies etc but it crafts them into a completely awesome sonic brew.
Biffy's command of song dynamics are masterful as is their ability to alter time signatures and tempos without it sounding in the slightest bit strange. Everybody knows the quiet-loud dynamic back to front but nobody does it like Biffy. One minute they sound like coldplay (but with more balls) and the next the guitars crash in over such emotive and raw vocals like a runaway juggernaut. If the hairs on your arms don't stand up on hearing the howl of 'I still feel the pain in my heart' (sounds cliched I know but it's all in the delivery) over crashing guitars on track '27', then you shouldn't be listening to rock music.
Quite simply if you don't own this album and you love powerful rock music, then you are seriously missing out. If you do then like me you probably fallen in love completely. All hail the mighty mighty Biffy Clyro!!!!!!
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By The Fault VINE VOICE on 14 Aug. 2007
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I only came across Biffy Clyro after Puzzle was released and I loved that album so much I decided to explore the preceding albums. Blackened Sky is the debut, released on a minor label back in 2002. Out of the three albums prior to Puzzle, this is the album that has most in common with Biffy's current effort. But that doesn't mean it shares the same sound entirely. It has some very tender songs on here that are certainly worth listening and Biffy should be credited for not sticking to the same tried and tested formula - the variety between songs and albums is pretty huge. I love the tender songs on here, the best being "Joy.Discovery.Invention" and "Christopher's River", which are both truly excellent tracks (the latter being especially beautiful). I also quite like "27" and "Justboy" which are both very good.

However, the early Biffy liked to unleash a barrage of screams onto the listener which I hate. A lot of old Biffy fans seem to like this sound and dislike Puzzle, whereas I fall into the opposite camp. So my advice to other customers who are buying into the Biffy back catalogue on the strength of Puzzle alone, don't expect the same sound or anything anywhere near as accessible as Puzzle. Blackened Sky is easily the best of the rest after Puzzle and is far more accessible than The Vertigo of Bliss and Infinity Land but I can't hide the fact that I simply don't like the fits of screaming on this and the other two albums before Puzzle. To be fair, it's not so noticable on this album but you will certainly notice it on the other two. And just so you know I come from a rock background and have listened to plenty of heavy music in the past - Metallica, Megadeth, Seether, NIN, Disturbed - so I know heavy but I draw the line at mindless screaming and messy guitars.
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By A Customer on 19 Jun. 2003
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I bought this record on impulse and have never looked back. Full-on rock at heart, The Biff incorporate incredibly original and intelligent nuances to this fine collection of songs. Mellow, majestic clean guitars and heartfelt vocals can switch to rip-roaring guitars and agressive screams in a split second. It shouldn't work but it does. Time signatures frequently change, but it all hangs together with an incredible tightness.
Blackened Sky breaks the mould of conventional underground rock. Tracks to look out for: "joy.discovery.invention", "27", "justboy", "57", "christopher's river"
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worth every penny. heartbreaking. beautiful and amazing. this is one of my favourite albums of all time. this and rage against the machine's debut album which is also a masterpiece. this album grows on you. P.S you should also check out theyre b-sides, especially for this album and only revolutions. most of their b-sides are better than the albums tracks so definately check out my listimania which has their best b-sides :D
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I bought this after seeing the '57' video on MTV2 sometime last year and was immediately impressed with the rest of the album. Considering there are only three band members, they do have a relatively big sound and considering the songs are fairly simplistic technically, they are wonderfully written. The whole album is very strong and its a tragedy that they havn't picked up more credit for being a fine young band. '57', '27', 'JustBoy', 'Christopher's River' and 'Scary Mary' are all fantastic songs, hopefully the 'Vertigo of Bliss' will get more airplay.
Bands like Biffy Clyro, Hell is For Heroes and Crackout certainly give me hope for the future, I hope more great young bands come through. Please God...
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This record is a difficult prospect to review. Da Clyro obviously have wide ranging influences, Tool, Placebo, Pixies and S.T.P to name but a few.
There are plenty of ideas on display here and perhaps this is the reason that has stopped this album from true greatness. The dexterity and muscularity of the layers on this album truly are outstanding, but whereas contemporaries Tool are in essence prog-rock ,on almost operatic scales, Biffy Clyro tread dangerously close to disappearing up their own ambitions. 'Joy. Discovery. Invention' borders on the start-stop stutters of the aforementioned Tool before building up to an infectious chorus that kicks in with a whollop. The intro to single '27' sounds like the 'Presidents of the United States of America' circa 'peaches' but with Brain Molko on vocals.
In the Clyro's case it is clear the importance is on not sounding like any body else, even with influences stitched to their sleeves and also the way they can blend hard as nails riffs with moments of subtlety and delicacy. The dynamics of the song writing keep you guessing as to when exactly you can expect the quiet-loud sonics, promising to build and release before adding another refrain or bridge. This can either frustrate or augment the style The Clyro boys manifest into what could be described as a tired genre.
Simon Neil's vocals are tight and offer an admirable link to the ever-changing direction of the instrumentation meaning that no two songs are too similar. Positive critical statements and the arrival of an album set in the current trend of guitar based groups favour this record, like Jimmy eat World, 'Blackened Sky' will do well off positive word of mouth rather than remorseless advertising and product placement. Any grunge, sludge or dare I say emo-lover (not sesame street) should be happy to make this a worthy addition to their collection. File alongside 'expect big things'.
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