Music Review: Reign of Terror by Sleigh Bells

By Vanessa Butler

Leave it to Sleigh Bells to create an album that is without a doubt formulaic, maliciously crass and as loud as we like it.

Ever since the debut of Alexis Krauss and David Miller’s first album Treats in 2010, the American noise pop duo, known as Sleigh Bells, have been praised by influential persons of the music industry like M.I.A, Beyoncé and Spike Jonze as well as painlessly achieving positive recognition in the media with everything they do. Curiously enough, even after being used in a trailer for the FIFA 12 video game, featured on promo ads for shows like Gossip Girl and Skins, Sleigh Bells have been able to keep their avant-garde, new wave rock band status. Other bands may tremor at the idea of over stepping musical boundaries and going against the grain after producing one of the most critically acclaimed records of 2010, but Krauss and Miller didn’t bat a lash at the idea.ffortlessly executed melting pot of thrash metal, pop vocals, dance and techno that creates a new sound almost incomparable to their debut.  Miller, the former guitarist of Poison the Well and Krauss, member of teen pop group Rubyblue bind their musical backgrounds to create a style of music that one may think wouldn’t be pleasing to the ears.Leave it to Sleigh Bells to create an album that is without a doubt formulaic, maliciously crass and as loud as we like it.

Starting off the record with the sound of the crowd kicking and screaming, encouraged by Alexis’ jubilant bubble-gum battle cry, “New Orleans! What the fuck’s up? There we go – there we fucking go!” “True Shred Guitar” whips listeners into check and gives a basic run down of what to expect for the remainder of the album: lots of guitar shredding and cheerleading. “Road to Hell,” unifies techno with, ‘80s metal guitar and the “Comeback Kid,” the single off of the sophomore album, softens and focuses our interest on why we love this band in the first place, because of their complicated yet marketable sound.

This album may take a few listens to really grasp what exactly is being transmitted through the speakers, but all in all Reign of Terror is a pretty solid album from two kids from Brooklyn. They may depend on a lot of shock and awe, but it’s without a doubt something thrilling, heavy and new.

Best Tracks: Crush, Comeback Kid, Leader of the Pack

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