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Reign Of Terror

Sleigh Bells Audio CD
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9. You Lost Me
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seriously Good. Feb. 21 2012
Format:Audio CD
First off, Sleigh Bells are not music for everyone--It's loud, often fuzzy (distorted) and has an edge to it--but give "Comeback Kid" or "End of the Line" a listen. If you like what you hear there, then this album is definitely for you (plus if you haven't heard the first album 'Treats' look that up as well).

If you've heard Sleigh Bells' first album 'Treats' and dug it (as I did), you will not be disappointed with 'Reign of Terror'. This is -NOT- the same album however, the sound has developed to include more emphasis on Alexis Krauss' vocals (without sacrificing Derek Miller's guitar, or the great song-writing). The sound moves from their alt/noise roots on a couple of occasions to a sort of shoegaze revisited (think "Rill Rill" off of 'Treats'--"End of the Line" here).

I think the best way I can describe 'Reign of Terror' is: it's like some modern alt/metal kids invented time travel and took over a prom in 1985.
And it's as awesome as that sounds.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great album April 12 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
They're no Wesley Willis, but then again, who is?

Pixie-operatic vocals
shredding guitar
DJ effects and distortions

They were great live on SNL. I love em, you might too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD! Fun and a different sound. April 27 2012
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Great CD, so nice to hear a fresh sound. I checked them out on youtube and liked them so much I bought 2 CDs, love them both.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Only for the young March 14 2013
By Catherine E. Dalgarno TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:LP Record|Verified Purchase
This was bought for my daughter. If you like reverb guitar this is for you. I took her to see them in concert it was painful. The song my daughter likes the most is True Shred Guitar, that will give you an idea of the music.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Pep Rally Ends Here. Feb. 21 2012
By Smoking Ace - Published on Amazon.com
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
8. Road to Hell- (4.5/5)-The song carries a lush atmosphere
9. You Lost Me- (5/5)- Favorite song on the album
10. Never say Die- (5/5)- The guitar riff on this song is particularly great.
11. D.O.A- (4.5/5)- A great closer and different from anything they've done.

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Noise Pop Perfection Feb. 21 2012
By popCRASH - Published on Amazon.com
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!!!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Consider me slayed. Feb. 21 2012
By H3@+h - Published on Amazon.com
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.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars disappointed Feb. 27 2012
By C. Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars loud. noisy. perfect. Feb. 22 2012
By Zackwlsn5 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This album is perfect. More put together than Treats but still the same loud, messy Sleigh Bells. The albm relies less on looping beats and more on Derek Miller's extreme guitar playing. Alexis' voice is still tha cutsie, soft voice that probabl doesn't belong with the shreding music behind her but somehow it works. My personal favorites are "end of the line" which shows of a.... "softer" side of the musical duo and I also love "you lost me" who's lyrics are chilling but beautiful.
If you're thinking of buying the actual physical disc.... do it. The package is awesome. The cd is cased in a 6 panel digipak with a 24 page book with the lyrics (strangely out of order) and cool pictures. The only drawback is that the true tracklist is nowhere except for the cd.
Buy the cd if you like noisy, punkish pop rock. The bad is truely one of a kind and they deserve some goo recognition!
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