New Album Reign Of Terror Sleigh Bells

Sleigh Bells perfected the wallop on “Treats,” their 2010 debut album. Like Run-D.M.C. decades earlier Sleigh Bells’ songwriter and guitarist Derek Miller combined raw drum-machine beats with rock power chords: a syncopated sputter and crunch that offset the sweet,breathy vocals of Alexis Krauss, the band’s other member. Sleigh Bells’ new album, “Reign of Terror” (Mom + Pop Music), doesn’t need to wallop any harder. Instead, the songs expand in other ways. They offer long-lined melodies instead of chants, more extensive layers of guitar, and lyrics that open themselves to reflection and sorrow. Continue…

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