Dishing out harmonic hard-ons, Alexis Krauss and Derek E Miller’s debut was like aural Viagra – packed with incessant drilling and sonic eruptions, it was their raw energy and aggression that turned so many onto the former kindergarten teacher and punk rocker’s sound. So, how can the duo surpass the beat barrage that was ‘Treats’, exactly. Lairier? Louder? God forbid.
Fading in with the cacophony of a sweaty stadium, ‘Reign Of Terror’ immediately swamps your ears with the sort of apocalyptic ‘bangers’ that’ll have Zane Lowe’s lips a-quiver. The attributes that made ‘Treats’ so fun remain firm; guitars slay like… er, Slayer, in ‘Demons’, ‘Road To Hell’ winds away like a slutty ‘Where Is My Mind?’ and ‘Crush’ makes you feel like you’ve woken up naked on a football pitch, surrounded by half-time zombie cheerleaders. Sort of. When the wrecking ball stops swinging, however, there are moments of emotional weightiness (‘Leader Of The Pack’) and glimpses of tenderness (‘End Of The Line’) that give this LP a more human edge.
Whether ‘Reign Of Terror’ is as fantastic as it believes it is, we’ll never know. Sleigh Bells leave you no choice but to worship at their feet. The bullies.