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Alexis Krauss and Derek Edward Miller, better known as Sleigh Bells, have done something fascinating on their latest release Bitter Rivals.

They’ve actually ascertained how to marry slick pop pageantry to the confrontational wallop of 1980s thrash metal without appearing desperate to pacify both sides of the aisle. Instead of allowing one style to topple the other, they put their heads together, and let sparks fly with reckless abandon.

The title track jumpstarts things with Krauss spewing lyrics through a flamethrower as she wastes little time letting the listener in on what the band is all about in 2013. It’s an abrasive beginning to what builds itself up as a ride you won’t soon forget.

Sugarcane is an appropriately named slice of heaven that leans on a spirited riff from Miller as well as elements of Edm that mirror the noise eruption prominent on Kanye West’s Yeezus from earlier this year. »

- David Hens

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