Reign of Terror - Sleigh Bells
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  • Summary: The second album for Sleigh Bells sees the Brooklyn-based indie duo adding more pop and guitar elements to their sound.
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  1. Positive: 29 out of 38
  2. Negative: 0 out of 38
  1. Elsewhere it's just sweet sensation. Succumb‑-succumb.
  2. Feb 21, 2012
    84
    Extremely loud, snarling and exciting, it takes the duo's signature mash-up of '80s metal, '50s girl-group and '70s arena-rock sensibilities and cranks up the tension to Adderall-overdose levels.
  3. Feb 21, 2012
    80
    Heavy-breathing sex chants with a heart of darkness.
  4. Mar 21, 2012
    80
    Reign of Terror is evidence that these kids never stopped Armageddonit even once they got punk cool.
  5. Feb 17, 2012
    70
    Boy-girl group pop-rock that's polished and pleasing.
  6. Feb 27, 2012
    70
    While it can feel like juvenilia, it's in a very endearing way, a catalogue of the catharsis of a high-school misfit.
  7. Feb 16, 2012
    40
    Everything is enormously compressed, then amplified: it's claustrophobic and oppressive, but without having any particular power.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Feb 21, 2012
    10
    Great album. Better than Treats, Sleigh Bells show that they are able to expand their sound to different styles, and still somehow come across as head-bangingly awesome. Expand
  2. Mar 22, 2012
    9
    Far more emotive and massive sounding than "Treats". Proof that you can still make lots of loud noise and display your human side while your at it. With "Reign of Terror", Sleigh Bells certainly are pushing it. Expand
  3. Feb 22, 2012
    9
    People may say it is not fresh and new as 'Treats' was, but no one can deny they've grown. The musics have much more to say, the beats are even more noise-pop, and we can hear a lot of metal-influenced melodies all around. Watch out "Never Say Die", "D.O.A." and "Comeback Kid" (that seems to be a continuation to "Kids", from 'Treats'). It's like they throw Daft Punk, Van Halen and Aerosmith in a blender and mixed their music styles and references to compose this album. And it is a good damn thing. Collapse
  4. Feb 24, 2012
    8
    Being a fan of Sleigh Bells, I was thrilled about this new album. And despite some of the criticism I've heard for their new album, I really enjoy it. It still has that same vibe from "Treats", but in a bit of a darker sense. It can't outshine "Treats", but it's definitely worth a listen. If you're a fan of Sleigh Bells or you just need to jam out to something really unique, this is one for you. Expand
  5. Oct 8, 2013
    8
    The songwriting seems so much stronger than on their debut, "Treats", but the polished sound took something away the sweetness of melodies and vocals aren't as contrasted with the heavyness of drums and guitars as they were. But it's a fun, rewarding listen, and some tracks are pure gold. Expand
  6. Aug 8, 2012
    8
    This album introduced me to the band, and it's absolutely out of this world. Somehow the band manages to pull of mixing up pop with metal (AKA "Noise Pop"). Hopefully this won't be the last album they release. Expand
  7. Apr 26, 2012
    4
    To show the listener a style presented on "Reign Of Terror" it's enough to listen to the first "live" song - "True Shred Guitar". The rest is analogous outline of the same patent. The entire record is maintained in quite a specific climate. Songs do not stand out too much from one another, and what is the signature of this album - it sounds like it was recorded during the cheerleader 's show at a football game. Lot of chorus shouting, mass of solos and not for a moment slowing pace. This album is a bit like watching ad with no sound - initially may intrigue, but in general... Expand

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