MusicFebruary 23, 2012 at 5:16 am

Review: Reign of Terror — Sleigh Bells

Sleigh Bells’ highly–anticipated Reign of Terror starts off with an explosion: a screaming crowd, Alexis Krauss’s candy pop voice and Derek Miller’s bleeding guitar. On their second album, the duo give fans a grander, more developed sound instead of regurgitating their 2010 hit Treats. They slow things down, add more orchestration and incorporate a melodic focus. Even with Miller’s omnipresent crunchy guitar, the group’s noise–pop sounds prettier than ever — in the best way possible, as if its edges have been softened. The band proves they haven’t lost their teeth: Sleigh Bells still electrifies, but with a more refined, all–encompassing energy.

4/5 Stars

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