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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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  • Audio CD (20 Feb 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Mom + Pop/Sony
  • ASIN: B006UFH4N0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,613 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Produced by guitarist Derek Miller, and written by Miller and singer Alexis Krauss, Reign of Terror is the highly anticipated follow up to 2010’s Treats. Treats’ deft, stylish combination of genres, sounds, and dynamics was simply unprecedented. The album’s own extreme volume was matched by the deafening roar of praise, putting the record on over 50 year-end lists for 2010. Sleigh Bells toured behind Treats relentlessly, opening for the likes of LCD Soundsystem, Hot Chip, Yeasayer and Major Lazer before headlining their own shows, many of which sold out in mere minutes. They played lauded, exhilarating sets at festivals around the globe, confirming their status as a sheer tour de force on the stage. It is this intense live energy, coupled with the continued desire to carve out new musical terrain, which runs throughout their new album, Reign of Terror. Engineered by Shane Stoneback, who helped to record Treats, songs on Reign of Terror are as crushing and authoritative as their title suggests; they’re effortlessly robust and heavier than any of the band’s previous output, but more melodic as well, the sonic equivalent of a beautiful shotgun to the head. Packed densely with stomping beats, shredding Jackson guitar riffs, sinister ribbons of Alexis Krauss’ candy-coated vocals, and the cries of a pep rally gone terribly wrong, Reign of Terror is a record that, like its predecessor, redefines everything you think music can be.

BBC Review

There are some interesting contradictions at play on Sleigh Bells' second album. For example, when Alexis Krauss purrs her way through Road to Hell, the pointed language she uses is disconnected from the delicate way in which she delivers it.

The manner in which Krauss' vocal chords remain calm in a crisis is a key characteristic of Sleigh Bells' canon. She sings serenely even during the most intense periods of background bluster created by co-conspirator Derek Miller. It's all a far cry from his former band, Poison the Well – a hardcore act whose vocalist's guttural roar dominated proceedings for much of the time.

The way this Brooklyn duo whisks together loud and quiet elements is compelling. The best moment on Reign of Terror comes during a lull halfway through Comeback Kid, where Krauss sweetly intones that "You're gone away but you'll come back someday". The words are layered over a sugary-sweet melody which sounds like it could soundtrack the opening titles to a very gentle sitcom. The momentary solitude immediately gives way to synthesised, super-powered beats and shredding guitars that wouldn't sound out of place on an Atari Teenage Riot track. This juxtaposition drags you into the world of Krauss and Miller, an odd couple who claim to have met purely by chance at a Brazilian restaurant in Williamsburg – he was waiting tables and she was dining (with her mum).

Throughout the record there's a constant craving for loudness, yet all the while the end result is pure pop that – as in the case of a YouTube video of small kids rocking out in the back of their parents' car to breakout single Infinity Guitars – clearly has mass market appeal far beyond the hipster shtick that forms part of the duo's slightly tiresome marketing campaign.

Miller says he was hung up on AC/DC when making this record – and the pumped-up riffs and echo chamber wobbles here are a love-it or hate-it feature. That said, Reign of Terror still showcases boy-girl group pop-rock that's polished and pleasing, and so much better than fare from the likes of The Kills or The Tings Tings. End of the Line and You Lost Me are touching efforts which feel like songs on which Krauss has had more input (her writing credits were limited on debut LP Treats), while the enjoyably bolshy Crush sounds like it was specifically designed to accompany a particularly brutal hazing session down at the sorority house on Main Street.

--Chris Beanland

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ghostgrey51 TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 July 2012
Format: Audio CD
Treats is still one of my favourite debut albums of recent years, and naturally left me wondering. Can they do that again?
Sure can!
Interesting though, whereas Treats was a no holds barred Noise pop slice of exuberance, Reign of Terror although true to Noise Pop's themes of remorseless waves of electronics, guitars and defiant voice refusing to be drowned out, shows at times a more lyrical and comparatively wistful tone to the album; although you might not think so with the first track, a fearsome and wild live True Shred Guitar. Yet the three tracks End of the Line, Leader of the Pack (no not the Shangri-Las 1960s classic) and Comeback Kid all suggest Sleigh Bells are not afraid to work in slightly different areas including lyrics more to do with relationships. Still pumping out the rhythm and the excitement though and my feet are tapping. I am pleased to say that Sleigh Bells have established themselves.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Odelay In Space on 21 Feb 2012
Format: Audio CD
You don't listen to Sleigh Bells for substance. You listen to them because they make fist-pumping music that lodges itself into your brain like any other half-decent pop song. Alexis Krauss is her own deadly one-woman girl-group in 'Demons', her pummeling vocals in-sync with AC-DC-ish guitar licks. 'Comeback Kid' is your own cheerleader-led pep-me-up for days you're feeling sorry for yourself.

There's a much bigger emphasis on dynamics in each song, unlike the in-the-red noisenik drama of 'Treats'. A largely seamless evolution from the first album means this deviates from their formula in a subtle fashion.
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This is where rock music needs to be today. It is raucous, wild, visceral, tuneful, uncompromising. Swings from brutal to beautiful: brilliant!
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth on 20 Feb 2012
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.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. W. P. Bartlett on 12 May 2012
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Excellent work Sleigh Bells. Not real guitars in most cases but a rare old romp of thundering sequenced items and general chaos though slightly more reigned in than "Treats". I like it a lot.
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