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|3.0 good||Comatorium. | February 14th 12|
Sleigh Bells have seemingly traded in their cocaine for LSD. And I thought I liked it but after a few spins i
listened to Treats...
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|1.0 awful||Vegeta of Nazareth | June 28th 12|
Untalented dullards shoot to fool the youngsters and end up creating the Radio Disney rock
album Brookyln was sure to vomit eventually. Reign of Terror is a painfully
transparent album put together by begging-to-be-hip, desperate guitarist Derek Miller.
Admittedly, his strategy is a smart one as he aimed to create an album that mimics the new
generation of music listeners - selfish. Selfish in that it gives back absolutely
nothing while keeping your time/money/intelligence/will to live. Accordingly, he
sticks a mic under a decently breasted Brooklyn waitress and tells her to dance and yelp like
a mentally handicapped cheerleader (there are videos documenting this, unfortunately). While
she can't even do that right, the sickeningly cheesy duo produce a daft, meaningless, noisy
piece of crap that unsurprisingly is eaten up by music bloggers everywhere, who are all out-
of-shape and mouth agape like a 10 year-old fat kid witnessing a David Blaine illusion. The
guitarwork is moronic and insipid, the vocals range from laughably childless (the bad kind)
to a chore to listen to at best. The complete lack of awareness, movement and reason for
existence is so itching that it shocks - in fact rendering the willing listener braindead,
killing them with such a powerful idiocy before eating the carcass and running off into the
night, laughing themselves at their succeeded cash cow. There is no innocent ear after this
embarrassment and the new wave of post-MTV blogfuckers have just elected this crap for four
more years. Four more years of this Reign of Terrible Music.
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|0.0 ||Adam Knott EMERITUS | February 16th 12|
Holy shit this is amazing. I didn't even listen to their debut but this is so fucking visceral and I haven't used that word in like a fucking week or something crazy like that.
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|2.5 average||Pistol Pete | February 15th 12|
There is something underwhelming about this album. At some point, I noticed that Sleigh Bells was using that same rapid thrashy drum injection in over 50% of the songs. Yes, it's a nice progression from their earlier subtle percussions, but it shouldn't reach the point of overkill. Reign of Terror succeeded by not being a re-hash of Treats. It did NOT succeed in leaving anywhere near as much of an impression as the 2010 effort. That felt fresh and alive. Here, only a few songs manage to do that, and the last 5 songs pass by like they're invisible. I miss the in-your-face Sleigh Bells I guess. If this album becomes popular, it will be nothing more than a short-lived fad and everyone will forget about Sleigh Bells for 2012. Recommended Songs: Crush, Comeback Kid
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|2.5 average||haematic | November 18th 13|
The problems inherent in 'Reign of Terror' are small and subtle but recurrent to the extent that the entire album suffers. This is partially unavoidable. 'Treats' was the senior year of high school; amped up, on top, energetic and proud.
'Reign of Terror' picks up where 'Treats' left off, which to keep with our metaphor going is the summer after graduation. A solemn summer of goodbyes and wary movement into the future. As such, much of the euphoric carefree energy that pervaded 'Treats' has been (necessarily?) drained. We're left with constrained, chugging guitars, less hip-hoppy beats, and subject matter dwelling on suicide and hopelessness.
This isn't to say that is a bad thing. 'Reign of Terror' has its moments of triumph (see Crush and Demons) and has times where the 'darker' ''atmosphere'' works (like Born to Lose and Comeback Kid).
Unfortunately Sleigh Bells suffocates themselves in an excess of repetitive songs that do little to leave a lasting impression. The progression from 'Treats' to 'Reign of Terror' is a natural one, though mishandled and perhaps too determined to be something 'more'.
|2.5 average||haematic | November 18th 13|
Too constrained for its own good, the overwhelming lack of driving individuality suffocates the the good points of the album.
|3.5 great||gryndstone | November 18th 12|
pop imitators cool their jets a little too much. The back of the album quickly turns dreamy to the point of it all meshing together forming a landscape of sound some may find enjoyable.
|3.5 great||Alexander | February 22nd 12|
Remember when your kid sister was listening to all that bubblegum pop-and you wished it all sounded m3tal for your satisfaction. Well Sleigh Bells might have answered to your call a bit late but Reign Of Terror sounds exactly like that. Simple bubblegum pop tunes smashed together with heavily distorted guitars and electronic double bass beats. Some of the hip-hop flavor is missing but is traded in for better songwriting, better sounds, and a consistency thread that keeps the whole album flowing. Sleigh Bells continue to hold true to their own unique sound however they have yet to make something truly grabbing. Still, Reign Of Terror does indeed rule and will be great music to blast at your suburban destruction house party.
|4.0 excellent||iGuter | February 17th 12|
The opening album of 2012! It's a must for anyone who enjoys industrial noise, garage rock, hip-hop, and pure indie.
|4.0 excellent||Adeem | February 14th 12|
Yeah, this is good, but "good" isn't the high standard of quality I hold the Sleigh Bells to. I can't see this being much more than forgettable in my mind. I gave Treats a 5, and I still stand by that rating. But this album is a disappointment for lacking the infectious first-listen vibes and not making me want to quickly weave through traffic as it plays on the car stereo. I still like this album a good bit, I just think they are putting their sound to use in the wrong places when they could be making incredible songs like they were before.
|3.5 great||Conrad Tao EMERITUS | February 14th 12|
More dreamy and less punchy, Reign of Terror is a nice evolution from Sleigh Bells' visceral debut. It's also a bit less fun.
|2.5 average||Quinn | December 8th 13|
|2.0 poor||willow | November 17th 13|
|4.0 excellent||Tom | October 9th 13|
|3.0 good||TheDMV | September 9th 13|
|1.5 very poor||sncold | June 7th 13|
|3.0 good||APJ90 | April 1st 13|
|4.0 excellent||Sleaper | January 19th 13|
|4.0 excellent||Skoj | December 31st 12|
|3.5 great||Ari | December 9th 12|
|2.0 poor||d4rock | October 5th 12|
|5.0 classic||zinzuke | September 21st 12|
|3.5 great||kabster | September 4th 12|
|4.0 excellent||Wheelah | August 6th 12|
|4.0 excellent||Mojito | April 28th 12|
|2.0 poor||Ronen | April 13th 12|
|3.5 great||G.M.B. | April 13th 12|
|3.5 great||Opaque | April 1st 12|
|3.5 great||Danyll | March 28th 12|
|4.0 excellent||chayka | March 19th 12|
|3.0 good||J.H. | March 16th 12|
|3.5 great||jday | March 2nd 12|
|3.5 great||Mark H. | February 27th 12|
|4.5 superb||LwwB | February 24th 12|
|4.0 excellent||l3urkles | February 24th 12|
|3.0 good||kojpl | February 23rd 12|
|3.0 good||Matski | February 23rd 12|
|3.5 great||bungy | February 23rd 12|
|3.5 great||mvdu | February 23rd 12|
|4.0 excellent||Garooo | February 22nd 12|
|4.0 excellent||Filling | February 21st 12|
|2.5 average||Guiltor | February 19th 12|
|3.0 good||Jekub | February 18th 12|
|3.5 great||Major Tom CONTRIBUTOR | February 16th 12|
|4.0 excellent||Rudy K. STAFF | February 16th 12|
|3.0 good||bloc | February 15th 12|
|4.0 excellent||Shadein | February 14th 12|
|4.0 excellent||Midjicka | February 14th 12|
|4.0 excellent||Dylan S. | February 14th 12|
|3.5 great||Ali CONTRIBUTOR | February 14th 12|
|4.0 excellent||samr4563 | February 14th 12|
|4.0 excellent||BoSoxorz | February 14th 12|
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