They’re not just throwing hooks and loops to the wall to see what sticks; the two are primarily writing songs and adding hooks and loops for color.
Reign of Terror is a brash, hyperactive set of songs, but Miller and Krauss' synthesis of disparate strands is exceptionally graceful
Whereas Treats was chopped and spat,Reign Of Terror galumphs like the proverbial leviathan it is. The needle has shifted from 'dance' to 'rock'.
The way they’ve leapfrogged their contemporaries in terms of ambition and scope is terrifying.
This is an album to be taken in one 36-minute shot straight to the cranium, cranked as high as your ears will allow.
Whenever Krauss and Miller venture into familiar territory, and there’s plenty of cases in which they do, the album transitions from being a thrilling reintroduction into a merely serviceable repeat.
The occasional weaker song prevents this, like Treats, from becoming a classic album but it will be enjoyed by anybody from the first listen.
That’s not to say that their second album doesn’t contain the moments of unfurled energy that abounded from Treats - they’re just less frequent.
While Reign of Terror may not yield results that are as instantly and consistently compelling as Treats did, the latest album has the potential to grow on you
Reign of Terror pulls enough punches to match the pure entertainment of Treats, and manages to be emotionally engaging too.
Without its shocking abrasion, the band’s take on ironic metal feels tiresome.
The duo pumps out plenty of volume, but the whole thing is less assaultive.
|# 33 -||Consequence of Sound|
|# 10 -||MAGNET|
|# 58 -||PopMatters|
|# 27 -||SPIN|
|# 24 -||Stereogum|
|# 9 -||Stereogum (First Half)|