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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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  • 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 2:10am Reply
  • Grycho

    @PedroCorvino Thirdwave EBM for the most part. Why, is that a problem?

    12 Oct 5:23pm 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 10:38pm 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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?list=PLx3QyNMosJdyrPla11XGVjgYBG1_2TH1V&v=8qfJcOqDOXE# 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 10:34pm 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 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 >>>> https://www.shop.the-hellish-vortex.com/

    29 Apr 11:13pm Reply
  • fuckthepunx

    Ok

    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
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