Reign of Terror

February 21, 2012 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: February 21, 2012
  • Release Date: February 21, 2012
  • Label: Mom + Pop Music
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  • Total Length: 36:24
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  • ASIN: B00773YTGO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,150 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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The album is a solid piece of work that will please newcomers as well as returning fans.
Smoking Ace
Simple repetitive melodies and lyrics layered over with drilling guitar sounds -- it's almost like an excercise in pop punk meditation.
MPB
Seeing them rock SNL last week...made me feel like a teenager again, watching a favorite band.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Smoking Ace on February 21, 2012
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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 By popCRASH on February 21, 2012
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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 By H3@+h on February 21, 2012
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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 By C. Johnson on 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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