Biffy Clyro
Ellipsis
Warner Bros

Forever labelled as the “British Foo Fighters”, hard-rocking Scottish trio Biffy Clyro have gone from strength to strength over the past 15 years, their expanding fan base and growing knack for a pop hook eventually resulting in a UK No 1 album, 2013’s Opposites. For their seventh studio album, Ellipsis, the trio have mixed things up and turned to Muse producer Rich Costey to “make things sound as f***ed up as possible”, perhaps a reaction to criticism from long-time fans that they had polished the rough edges a little too much. Like Dave Grohl’s festival-headlining band, Biffy’s cranked-up riffage has always raged better in the live arena, but things kick off nicely with the powerful Wolves of Winter, the anthemic chorus guaranteed to get any crowd roaring it back at them. Lead single Animal Style takes it up another notch. “I’m just a f***ing animal” declares frontman Simon Neil over another stadium-pleasing riff, and like the rest of the album, it’s the sound of a band knowing exactly who they want to be.