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Reign of Terror

Sleigh BellsVinyl
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)

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Based in Brooklyn, NY, Sleigh Bells is the musical collaboration of Derek E. Miller (songwriter, guitarist, producer) and Alexis Krauss (vocals). The two met and formed in 2008, when Miller was waiting tables on Alexis and her mother at a neighborhood Brazilian restaurant. When Miller mentioned that he was looking for a female vocalist for a new musical project, Krauss’s mother ... Read more in Amazon's Sleigh Bells Store

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  • Vinyl (February 21, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: MOM & POP MUSIC
  • ASIN: B006UFH7QY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,815 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. True Shred Guitar
2. Born To Lose
3. Crush
4. End Of The Line
5. Leader Of The Pack
6. Comeback Kid
7. Demon
8. Road To Hell
9. You Lost Me
10. Never Say Die
11. D.O.A.

Editorial Reviews

Vinyl LP pressing. 2012 release from the Brooklyn duo consisting of Derek E. Miller (songwriter, guitarist, producer) and Alexis Krauss (vocals). Sleigh Bells' unique sound is likely the result of Miller and Krauss's contrasting musical backgrounds; Miller was formerly the guitarist for the post-hardcore band Poison The Well and Krauss was a member of the teen pop group RubyBlue as a teenager.

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Pep Rally Ends Here. February 21, 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I think one of the biggest concerns I had leading up to Sleigh Bells' much anticipated new album was that it would be just a redux of their debut Treats. The album's lead single "The Comeback Kid" didn't help with these worries either. While I really do like the song, it seems to much like something Sleigh Bells' had done before, albeit a little bit poppier. Luckily the rest expands beyond this song and the pop thrash duo's debut. Creating a darker, yet less thrashy sound. Those who found the other album too abrasive and loud, will find more songs to like here ( "End of the line",my bloody valentine tinged "You Lost Me", and my personal favorite "Road to Hell"). But there are also tracks to please the group who like them loud ("True Shred Guitar", "Demons" "Crush"). So its a good wash.

I don't think that this album is as strong as Treats. It doesn't keep my attention as consistently, but then again I'm just grateful that Sleigh Bells has proved they aren't just a flash in the pop rock scene. This isn't the party album Treats was, more like an emotional response to that party's negative consequences. The album is a solid piece of work that will please newcomers as well as returning fans.

1. True Shred Guitar- (3/5)- A little short but a good intro. Sleigh Bells at their thrashiest.
2. Born to Lose- (4/5)-The track with the most mainstream appeal on the album. Seems a bit too familar though.
3. Crush- (4/5)
4. End of the Line-(4.5/5)- Poppy compared to other SB material, but still has depth
5. Leader of the Pack-(4.5/5)- Pop-Rock Gem
6. Comeback Kid- (4.5/5)- The album's head single and most joyful song. Similar to some of the tracks on Treats.
7. Demons- (5/5)-Thrashy goodness that I wish was more prevelent on this album
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Noise Pop Perfection February 21, 2012
Format:Audio CD
Ok, I do admit that I have a strangelove for indie music duos (the Kills, Matt & Kim, White Stripes, the Raveonettes, etc.) but this entire weekend I could barely pull myself away from obsessing over the Sleigh Bell's new album `Reign of Terror' - epically heavy guitars, sick drum beats, highlighted with catchy neon tinted 90s vocals. Its crazy to think that Derek Miller (formerly of Poison the Well) and Alexis Krauss (a Rhodes scholar nominee) could forge such a captivatingly FRESH brand of noise-pop, but on this record they've managed to give a big F-U to the sophomore curse that plagues so many artists. While their debut `Treats' had a far more raw unfocused party nihilism quality about it, here they shine with polished tracks that sparkle like the blue eyes of an illegitimate love child of a headbanger who boinked one of the Go-Go's.

From the title of the LP, in addition to the various namesakes along its tracklisting, you can perceive that Miller dove deep into the dark catharsis that always seems to generate incredible work (he has recently dealt with the death of his father - motorcycle crash, and his mother's diagnosis with cancer). In the semi-live opening track `True Shred Guitar' Alexis evokes the semblance of a punk siren princess, whilst Derek wails on his instrument in true guitar god fashion = a mashup that is an epic WIN in my book. What's more, the album fluctuates nicely between almost industrial beat-laden rock anthems (Demons) assorted lighthearted fare dressed up in a dreary and more mature context (Leader of the Pack, Born to Lose) with a few more upbeat distortion tracks thrown in for good measure (Comeback Kid, Crush). It has been awhile since I could listen to an album through and through and be this excited about it, they've done a stellar job here! Playing to sold-out venues in LA and San Fran this week, Sleigh Bell's second album drops this Tuesday, February 21st CHECK.IT.OUT!!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Consider me slayed. February 21, 2012
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Format:Audio CD
I've been looking forward to Reign Of Terror. Seeing them rock SNL last week...made me feel like a teenager again, watching a favorite band. And you know....Alexis.

There's an excitement to their sound, an energy and jolt of fun. I believe it's a case of opposites attracting. He from the punk-metal background, she from pop. They make it work. The aggressive guitar riffs, pounding keyboards, and the girly vocals over top. Just listen to "Comeback Kid" 2-3 times. If that doesn't hook you, move on to something safer.

There's a lot of loud sounds on this album, but it's both noisy and beautiful. That's it....it's a beautiful noise.

The booklet has no pics of Alexis which is a crime. However I love the small print that says "Derek exclusively plays Jackson guitars", then it says "Alexis exclusively eats strawberry Pop Tarts". Good stuff.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars disappointed February 27, 2012
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I LOVED Treats. I went to my local record store the day it was supposed to be released, found it was delayed, waited, it finally came out, what an amazing album. Saw them at the tiny sweaty Detroit Bar in Costa Mesa, CA after waiting through three opening bands. Jumped up and down, sang along, had my ear drums blown, loved it.

Then comes Reign Of Terror. First, the vocals, they are fine, Alexis' limited range is as you'd expect. For her, this is Treats part 2. Second, Derek on guitar, he has two settings: Queen (Yes!) and Whitesnake (Oh God, Why?!?). When he's channeling Brian May (over-dubbed guitar lines) it works like a dream, but when he's just crunching through power chords, I'm bored and want it to end ASAP. Where are the carefully crafted riffs from your last album? Third, the "drums" are horrific. You've heard better synth drums from Prince in 1984. How many times will Derek keep returning to the same well of fake hand claps, finger snaps, and insanely fast kick drums? Even with the primitive sounds, could you please be more inventive? After the first track (which is quite good, but merely half a song), I feel like I'm hearing the same drum loop over and over.

I'm not looking for Treats part two, but it seems that that the guitarist/producer has been replaced with a record exec from the 80's, maybe someone who worked with Poison or Warrant. Reign of Terror could have been great. It's not. It's 80's nostalgia at its worst.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Such an Amazing Album
I really love this album. i first found out about this band from Anthony Bourdain when he went to SXSW and these guys were so cool on the show. Read more
Published 20 days ago by P. Moy
5.0 out of 5 stars Get it.
It's awesome, a neat thing to own. My friend bought his copy at the record store after we saw them in '12. Had to have my own.
Published 3 months ago by Andrea
4.0 out of 5 stars The second album...
Own it on vinyl, CD, iTunes etc. Better than Bitter Rivals but not as good as Treat. The Vinyl version has the 12" X 12" inserts too and worthy of framing....
Published 3 months ago by Ernesto Serrano
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as their debut album, but has the same kickass sound
Not as good as their first album, but still has some kickass tracks and is great to listen to when you want something fierce
Published 4 months ago by fifusweater
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it.
Love Sleigh Bells.

Fresh sound. They rock hard. The entire album is solid. If you haven't seen them live, you owe it to yourself to try. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Ethan
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, not great
I want to like Sleigh Bells a lot more than it turns out that I actually do. They're enjoyably loud, but are sort of a one-trick pony.
Published 6 months ago by B. Linder
5.0 out of 5 stars Addictive
Crush and I Lost You are my favorites, but every track grabs me in one way or another. I only just discovered sleigh bells. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Happy Hempster
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
This album is the total package. It is impossible to describe the style of music on this album. The best I can get to is fresh, clean, and edgy. No two songs are alike. Read more
Published 11 months ago by ms87bran
5.0 out of 5 stars Just found out about Sleigh Bells
Love this CD every song is a winner, usually not a fan of female dominated sound, but this group I really like.
Published 12 months ago by Georgia Rennick
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best albums of 2012.
I loved their album Treats and this was even better. Reign of Fire is definitely darker than that album. No filler and every track has a unique edge of it's own. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Lane Neuroth
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