AOTY 2019

Reign of Terror

Sleigh Bells - Reign of Terror
Critic Score
Based on 27 reviews
2012 Ratings: #358 / 955
User Score
Based on 125 ratings
2012 Ratings: #272
February 21, 2012 / Release Date
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Mom + Pop / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Consequence of Sound

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.

82
Pitchfork

Reign of Terror is a brash, hyperactive set of songs, but Miller and Krauss' synthesis of disparate strands is exceptionally graceful

80
NME

The way they’ve leapfrogged their contemporaries in terms of ambition and scope is terrifying.

80
Under The Radar

This is an album to be taken in one 36-minute shot straight to the cranium, cranked as high as your ears will allow.

80
Drowned in Sound

Whereas Treats was chopped and spat,Reign Of Terror galumphs like the proverbial leviathan it is. The needle has shifted from 'dance' to 'rock'.

77
Beats Per Minute

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.

75
The 405

The occasional weaker song prevents this, like Treats, from becoming a classic album but it will be enjoyed by anybody from the first listen.

70
PopMatters

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

70
musicOMH

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.

70
No Ripcord

Reign of Terror pulls enough punches to match the pure entertainment of Treats, and manages to be emotionally engaging too.

58
A.V. Club

Without its shocking abrasion, the band’s take on ironic metal feels tiresome.

50
Tiny Mix Tapes

The duo pumps out plenty of volume, but the whole thing is less assaultive.

thomasny18
50
Can we talk about how this is a better album than their debut, but is like still not that good, because a lot of it is forgetful, but at the very least it doesn't cause as much of a headache?

Idk just thought that was a good conversation starter. I swear I have friends. Promise.

Ok, besides me joking, I'm missing something out of their music and it isn't making me happy :(
They manage to produce quite short albums that still feel as if they're dragged out way more than they should. And a lot ... read more
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Year End Lists

#10/MAGNET
#24/Stereogum
#27/SPIN
#32/Treble
#33/Consequence of Sound
#58/PopMatters

Track List

  1. True Shred Guitar 
  2. Born to Lose 
  3. Crush 
  4. End of the Line 
  5. Leader of the Pack 
  6. Comeback Kid 
  7. Demons 
  8. Road to Hell 
  9. You Lost Me 
  10. Never Say Die 
  11. D.O.A.
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Added on: December 7, 2011