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Biffy Clyro - Balance, Not Symmetry

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Biffy Clyro release a soundtrack album of original material called Balance, Not Symmetry, written for the film of the same name, which frontman Simon Neil collaborated on with director Jamie Adams. The 17-song Balance, Not Symmetry explodes into life with the title track, which tightly packages Biffy’s angular rhythms with the kind of sky-bound hook that they’ve established as a hallmark of their sound. While the collection often explores Biffy’s gift for arena-filling anthems on the likes of All Singing and All Dancing, Tunnel and Trees and Touch, the album as a whole leans towards introspection and experimentation. The foreboding yet elegiac Gates Of Heaven is quite unlike anything that the band have recorded before, Colour Wheel switches to a more ethereal ambience and Touch echoes the emotional power of previous Biffy classics such as Many Of Horror and Re-arrange. The album also includes three mood-setting instrumentals (Pink, Navy Blue and Yellow) plus a studio recording of Different Kind of Love, which originally featured on last year’s MTV Unplugged album. It was co-produced by Adam Noble and Biffy Clyro, and recorded at AIR Studios, Monnow Valley Studio and ICP Studios.