Reign of Terror > Treats. Better progression of sound that doesn't sound clipped beyond buggery. Not that Treats was bad ... if they would have stayed the same it would have sounded dull and predictable...  I love Treats very much, but Reign Of Terror is above and beyond.
"But “Reign of Terror” is also an autobiographical record, Mr. Miller’s attempt to deal with his family trauma. In June 2009 as he was working on the first Sleigh Bells demos, his father was killed in a motorcycle accident. He told only his intimates, like Ms. Krauss. “Treats,” with its party-ready anthems and simplistic lyrics, was “like a denial record,” Mr. Miller said. Then, as they were on the road in 2010, Mr. Miller’s mother learned she had cancer; he said he felt as if his family was under attack. He tried to quit the tour, but his mother forbade it. “She was like: ‘This is the only good news in our family, you doing this band. Don’t you dare come home,’ ” he recalled. (His mother’s illness is now in remission, and she’s faring well, he said.) "
Disappointingly RoT seems a lot more akin to pop-punk than their last album. I really enjoyed all the harsh distortion of Treats. I liked how raw and unprocessed it sounded. Gave it a really violent, honest feeling. Reign of Terror reminds me of a cross between '90s pop-punk and... general radio music. Yeah it seems like they're just trying for a radio slot now. I miss the feel of Crown On The Ground.
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"Reign of Terror", upon first listen, with the pulsating beats, guitar wails and full tilt breathy vocal attack can wash over you so much as to blur your senses. It can, at times, feel like one long noise / dream pop opera. The second time you listen the nuances come to light as does the myriad of textures buried in the layers of sound. The third time and beyond, with the lyrics discovered, the emotional tug felt, the songs inhabit your brain and psyche and won't let go.
Reign of Terror > Treats. Better progression of sound that doesn't sound clipped beyond buggery. Not that Treats was bad ... if they would have stayed the same it would have sounded dull and predictable...