Only Revolutions (1LP)
Only Revolutions is the fifth studio album by Scottish alternative rock band Biffy Clyro, released in 2009.
Produced by Garth “GGGarth” Richardson at Ocean Way Recording in Hollywood, Only Revolutions arrived two years after Biffy Clyro’s previous studio album, Puzzle. In a 2008 NME interview, Simon Neil said that the new material they were working on contained some of the band’s “heaviest riffs to date,” and that claim seemed backed up by a March 2009 Kerrang! article which suggested that the album’s tentative title was Boom, Blast And Ruin. In the end, the album didn’t take that title, but it did contain a song by that name, albeit with a few extra O’s added to the “Boom.”
Upon its release, the critics went wild, with both Kerrang! and Q doling out four stars for Only Revolutions, after which both publications placed it on their lists of the best records of the year, with Q putting it at #30 and Kerrang! placing it at #3. The latter ranking is also where Rock Sound placed the album, which is only appropriate, since it does, in fact, rock.