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.