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Berlin, Germany (1992 – 2000, 2010 – present)

Atari Teenage Riot is a German digital hardcore group formed in Berlin in 1992. Highly political, they fused left-wing anarchist anti-fascist views with punk vocals and the newly emerging techno sound that was called , which is a term Alec Empire later used in the name of his record company.

According to Empire, “Digital Hardcore initially meant the final questioning of everything, of the whole. The next step was a shorter one. The absolute negation, even to answer one’s own existence with a “No”. If “No” is true, then suicide can be as much as an event as pressing the buttons on your remote control.” (MEAN Magazine, July 1999)

The group was founded as an attack on the increasingly neo-Nazi influenced German techno scene and consisted of three Berliners - Alec Empire, Hanin Elias and MC Carl Crack. ATR’s early releases (which included songs like “Hetzjagd Auf Nazis!” / “Hunt Down the Nazis!”) were surrounded by controversy in Germany due to the prevailing “no politics on the dance floor” attitude.

After signing to Phonogram, a major European label, in 1993 the band received an unusually large financial advance which they duplicitously used to set up their own record label: Digital Hardcore Recordings or DHR. ATR never delivered a commercially viable demo to Phonogram.

In 1997 ATR was joined by Nic Endo, a Japanese-American noise/soundscape artist during the Beck tour.


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  • bern_rdo

    Why is everyone being so close minded with the new album. I think its really good. You should be happy that there are bands out there like ATR(2)

    14 Sep 1:41pm Reply
  • Crystalseth

    Why is everyone being so close minded with the new album. I think its really good. You should be happy that there are bands out there like ATR

    10 Sep 3:34pm Reply
  • PedroCorvino

    What the fuck did this turn into

    4 Sep 7:51pm Reply
  • skinnydrifter

    this is digital hardcore

    10 Aug 1:14pm Reply
  • beanerama

    These guys are fucking hardcore.

    15 Jul 8:13am Reply
  • Grycho

    Not quite as good as some digital hardcore bands that came after them, but they do indeed deserve some credit.

    1 Jul 4:03pm Reply
  • Alec_Empire

    NEW ARRIVAL! Import from Japan: Atari Teenage Riot Reset Deluxe Limited Edition Package from Japan now available via The Hellish Vortex >>>>

    29 Apr 11:13pm Reply
  • fuckthepunx


    28 Apr 7:50pm Reply
  • Jared-LeTo

    Come to Poland !

    26 Apr 3:11pm Reply
  • john_dillenger

    Poor fuckthepunx. You sound butthurt :(

    24 Apr 2:28pm Reply
  • milsilencios

    "We Are From the Internet" and "Erase Your Face" are awesome

    24 Apr 12:13am Reply
  • fuckthepunx

    Yes, things change. Sorry. Please explain to me what makes you want the same album every fucking time. Pretty please. Reset is refreshing. Turn it up as loud as possible.

    17 Apr 9:43pm Reply
  • franko-gap

    Unfortunately, I will have to agree this time... I don't like "Reset" much, neither. :-/ Only two songs I found really to be good: "Transducer" and "Erase Your Face". On the other hand, though, maybe this way they will bring anarchism to mainstream clubs and parties. ;-)

    11 Apr 11:41am Reply
  • XT_TX

    Reset-shit album(

    10 Apr 12:27pm Reply
  • My-Eclipse

    Well, "Street Grime", "Erase Your Face" and "We Are From the Internet" are pretty good.

    8 Apr 7:13am Reply
  • randomhero0

    It saddens me to say that the new album kinda sucks. They lost it. :(

    4 Apr 10:26pm Reply
  • zaqzax

    RESET leaked ;)

    4 Apr 6:42pm Reply
  • anfecor

    Listen to a new album right now! Atari Teenage Riot is ready to go! Hey! R-E-S-E-T!

    4 Apr 12:58pm Reply
  • terror-kat

    I used to listen them a lot when I was a stupid teenager, now I'm an clever old woman and still like them. Is good to know that they are recording a new album.

    2 Feb 8:08pm Reply
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