Co-Ed Brooklyn Duo Up the Guitar on Ambitious Sophomore LP
Art-Rock, Atmospheric Textures, and Personalized Narratives Drive Songs
Reign Of Terror is the sophomore album from Brooklyn, NY noise-pop duo Sleigh Bells and follow-up to its heralded 2010 debut Treats. The 12-song set was produced by Sleigh Bells guitarist Derek Miller and engineered by Shane Stoneback, who also worked on Treats. According to Miller, "With Treats it was less clear to me whether Sleigh Bells was going to be a guitar band or if we were going to do more sample-heavy stuff. With this record I had to pick sides. The beats are still important to me, but the guitar won."
"A darker, creepier art-punk vibe dominates the rest of the album. The tone is informed by some of Miller’s personal travails: his father died in a motorcycle accident, and his mother has struggled with cancer. So the crunch-and-shout of the debut has given way to a more atmospheric approach, with “Born to Lose” mashing together heaviness and haziness and then drifting into a long, hypnotic guitar fade over what sounds like a lawnmower."
--Greg Kot, Chicago Tribune, February 20, 2012