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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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  • LAHardwave

    industrial synth punk :

    25 Mar 6:38am Reply
  • zaqzax

    New Hanin Elias album!

    28 Feb 8:25pm Reply
  • Psho7

    Reset showed us how dhc should not to be. Now they play "electronic" sounds. We had good beats, tunes, but vocals often destroy tracks. Reset is even weker than Is This Hyperreal.

    9 Feb 11:05am Reply
  • Tetr4gr4mm4ton

    Der neunte Schuss ging sauber durch die Stirn! ♥

    29 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Crystalseth

    Destroy 2000 Years of Culture <3 [2]

    13 Dec 2014 Reply
  • brownieboy

    I don't know why, but i noticed that Tim Wheeler (Singer from Ash) kinda has a look-a-like thing going on with Alec.

    5 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Joshy1kz

    Destroy 2000 Years of Culture <3

    25 Nov 2014 Reply
  • franko-gap

    @Grycho: Kinda it is... Not because of thirdwave whatever, but because it feels like they lost their avant-gardeish push. IMO, it is not a bad album in itself. If it wasn't by ATR, I'd say it's quite good. it is just that we all know ATR can do MUCH better.

    24 Oct 2014 Reply
  • comate11

    I know Atari still have this demon inside that will made peoples goes crazy like in Revolution Action or Activate. I'm not really sure jpop will handle it - time will show.

    3 Oct 2014 Reply
  • comate11

    Rowdy have so strong crazyness potential -Atari Should show his rap/hh and sing energy with another song and video maybe. Rowdy is not enough used in my opinion as a musical weapon. Did you saw his action and Alec Empire on Boiler ROOM ? That was super bomb Rowdy initiate everyone to start dance and Alec with music made it people goes crazy. That was pure fun XD This crazy track DAVE AKUMA - SUKEBAN is one of my fav too . There is a many part like from 8bit era games and jpop in new album. Drop in Modern Liars - is something unexpected in my opinion. Waiting to watch some Rowdy skills maybe with another video and song.

    3 Oct 2014 Reply
  • 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 2014 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 2014 Reply
  • PedroCorvino

    What the fuck did this turn into

    4 Sep 2014 Reply
  • skinnydrifter

    this is digital hardcore

    10 Aug 2014 Reply
  • beanerama

    These guys are fucking hardcore.

    15 Jul 2014 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 2014 Reply
  • fuckthepunx


    28 Apr 2014 Reply
  • Jared-LeTo

    Come to Poland !

    26 Apr 2014 Reply
  • john_dillenger

    Poor fuckthepunx. You sound butthurt :(

    24 Apr 2014 Reply
  • milsilencios

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

    24 Apr 2014 Reply
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