Release date: January 2013
Opposites is the sixth studio album by Scottish alternative rock band Biffy Clyro, released on January 28, 2013. A double album, Opposites was originally announced as a pair of albums: The Land At The End Of Our Toes and The Sand At The Core Of Our Bones, but these were later confirmed to be the names of the individual discs on the album.
Opposites main recording sessions started in early 2012 and lasted for five months at The Village Studios in Los Angeles. The producer was GGGarth Richardson, returning to the work with Biffy Clyro after producing two previous albums, Puzzle and Only Revolutions. Also returning from Only Revolutions was the orchestra and choir conductor, David Campbell.
Simon Neil described the theme of Opposites: "Each album is the exact opposite vibe to the other lyrically [...] One's about putting things in the worst possible way and thinking you're getting yourself into a hole. The other looks at things more positively". James Jonhston elaborated in an interview on Rockyourlife.fr: "The Sand... is about past and things that brought you to that point, the difficult things in your life, the things you can't change, the things which are difficult. And The Land... is about what comes next and your hopes and fears about the future, how you can make things better and bring things together in order to move forward".
The album peaked at number 1 on the UK Albums chart.