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Reign Of Terror

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

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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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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!
11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars meh Feb. 21 2012
By Kenneth - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Sleigh bells wet our appetites with their self-titled EP in 2009 and then promptly burst onto the music scene a year later with their delightfully titled thrills a minute debut Treats garnering positive reviews aplenty. Understandably there's tonnes of excitement and buzz surrounding the release of this album Reign Of Terror, so why did I feel so apprehensive about it before I'd even heard it?

Derek Millers overdriven guitar and Alexis Krauss confidently sweet voice proved to be a killer combination on Treats, but they'd be hard pressed to outdo that record by simply repeating themselves on this one. Many have tried and failed to follow up distinctive and original albums by providing more of the same, only to be accused of making the same album twice or more (strokes, oasis anyone). The group could've reinvented themselves as to avoid that plight, but they'd carved out such an obvious niche with their previous album that a 180 would seem abrupt and nigh on impossible to sell without them sounding like a couple of dilettantes with little to no identity.

Having listened to Reign of Terror I feel Sleigh Bells were mindful of this dilemma, which goes someway to describing the bands subtle and unremarkable evolution. "Born to Lose" has the usual Sleigh Bells Trademarks heavy beats, distorted guitar and Krauss's Syrupy vocals but it aims for a less innocuous quality than their previous work with the addition of what sounds like a Robin Guthrie-esque dream pop reverberated guitar sound, that then lingers in the background making the band sound a little more self-consciously menacing.

"End of the Line" and "Road to Hell" continues this foray into 4AD/dream pop territory evoking the pixies and slowdive in equal measure but sadly lacking the formers serpentine intensity and the latter's Dissonant Beauty. "Comeback Kid" is fortunately the exception to the rule, where sleigh bells find the sweet spot between bombastic beats and dreamy effects with the ethereal sounds playfully counter balancing the excessive giddiness, instead of deviating from it (there's a great video accompanying it to).

The mood on this album is more ambiguous this time round, it's difficult to know how to respond to "Never Say Dies" sugary yet ominous opening, should we settle down and pay more attention to the lyrics or consider it a cool down before we go back and blast out "crush" and "true Shred Guitar" again? That's the fundamental problem with this record; its sonic developments are on balance aesthetically pleasing but they ultimately expose the music as being shallower than any of us wanted to admit by forcing us to take them a little more seriously. Sleigh Bells appeal laid in their novelty and unapologetic playfulness and one can't help feeling that this album's faux serious pretensions result in this being simply less fun and actually more vacuous. Treats was a rare example of style triumphing over substance and I feel it stands a good chance of being remembered fondly, whereas Reign of Terror is likely to please existing fans for now but will probably be forgotten by the end of the year.
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