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Blackened Sky
Biffy Clyro
Beggars Banquet
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Release Date
March 11, 2002

The debut album from this Scottish power trio is a majestic statement of intent combining extreme aggression with achingly tender guitar pickings and passionately lovelorn lyricism.

Lead singer Simon Neil had this to say about it to Vice: "There’s definitely a split in our fans. There’s ones who love the first three [Blackened Sky, Vertigo Of Bliss, Infinity Land], then a lot that found us after. Whatever album you discover a band on is the one you will always hold dearest, and we’ve definitely got some old school fans who’ve seen us playing to nobody. It means a lot to us that this album has managed to become a part of people’s lives and memories."

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Blackened Sky, we are releasing a limited edition cassette of the album. This cassette is the same as the one the band had up for pre-order in March. The final 100 copies are available exclusively from the Beggars Archive store in the UK, shipping worldwide.

Biffy Clyro came together in 1995 in a school in Kilmarnock, just outside of Glasgow, when childhood friends Simon Neil (vocals/guitar) and twins James (bass/vocals) and Ben Johnston (drums/vocals) started playing music together. United by a love of underground, experimental rock and post-hardcore bands such as Braid and Karate, along with the starrier likes of Guns N’Roses and Metallica, they quickly honed their own unique sound, a mind boggling mix of off-kilter tempos, itchy, unpredictable guitars, soulful choruses and feral screams, sewn together into a strange tapestry of sound that sat resolutely apart anything else being made at the time, both in spirit and - thanks to their admirable refusal to uproot from their hometown for the dog eat dog music community of London - geographically too.

Digital Tracklist

  1. 1 Joy.Discovery.Invention 3:38 Buy


  2. 2 27 3:29 Buy


  3. 3 Justboy 4:23 Buy


  4. 4 Kill The Old, Torture Their Young 6:12 Buy

    Kill The Old, Torture Their Young

  5. 5 The Go-slow 3:59 Buy

    The Go-slow

  6. 6 Christopher's River 4:09 Buy

    Christopher's River

  7. 7 Convex, Concave 4:28 Buy

    Convex, Concave

  8. 8 57 3:21 Buy


  9. 9 Hero Management 4:46 Buy

    Hero Management

  10. 10 Solution Devices 3:18 Buy

    Solution Devices

  11. 11 Stress On The Sky 4:14 Buy

    Stress On The Sky

  12. 12 Scary Mary 3:08 Buy

    Scary Mary

Biffy Clyro

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