Biffy Clyro Infinity Land

Biffy Clyro started out in the mid-’90s as three friends covering Guns N’ Roses, Soundgarden and Tool. Based on how this Scottish trio sounds today, you’d never guess those early inspirations. Infinity Land is the third album from Biffy Clyro, and it’s hit or miss the whole way through. While the band has been applauded in the past for pushing the boundaries, there is a point where that push can go too far, and this is it. It almost seems like Biffy Clyro is trying too hard to be different, and it only results in the album jumping all over the place from one weird sound to the next, to the point where the inconsistencies make it unlistenable. The opening track, "Glitter and Trauma,” starts off with an array of bleeps and bloops, but only a few tracks later the band is into the emo with "Got Wrong” and "The Atrocity,” two of the more standout songs on the album. The album continues with ups and downs, but more downs than anything, like "There’s No Such Thing as a Jaggy Snake,” which has the most irritating screeching vocal track imaginable. There’s just too much range here to the point where the songs are either weird or annoying, which goes to show that people should be careful how far they go with being creative. There’s art, and then there’s suck. (Beggars Banquet)