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Atari Teenage Riot - Is This Hyperreal? - 2011

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  1. butcher

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    Sep 8, 2009


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    Track List:

    01. Activate!
    02. Blood In My Eyes
    03. Black Flags
    04. Is This Hyperreal?
    05. Codebreaker
    06. Shadow Identity
    07. Re-Arrange Your Synapses
    08. Digital Decay
    09. The Only Slight Glimmer of Hope
    10. The Collapse of History

    It's leaked well early, enjoy...


    Is This Hyperreal?
    Release Date : 2011

    This album is dedicated to Carl Crack and to all our friends, fans and supporters who made this possible. Thank you!

    Atari Teenage Riot Biography

    Berlin hardcore dissenters Atari Teenage Riot were among a new generation of German techno artists (also including ATR's [a=Alec Empire], [a20945], [a=Speed Freak], DJ [a=Bleed], etc.) who sought to reconnect music with political radicalism through ever more challenging, experimental hybrids, engaging everything from speed metal and acid to jungle and hardcore punk. Formed in 1992 by Empire, Hanin Elias, and Carl Crack, ATR's controversial first single, "Hunting for Nazis," was released by German techno stronghold Force Inc. that same year (Force Inc. owner Achim Szepanski is also known for his commitment to political radicalism). Subsequently, the group released a string of singles and full-lengths, all of them instantly recognizable for their brash, noisy fusions of brittle, 200-plus-bpm breaks, massive guitar riffs, and a good deal of shouting. Similar in motivation to Detroit's Underground Resistance or industrial dance group Consolidated, ATR professed a concern with a general conservative shift in the Western political climate (particularly in Germany after the collapse of Communism in Russia and Eastern Europe) and supported the development of new, overtly political forms of youth culture by way of response.

    Somewhat surprisingly, ATR's early singles landed them a recording deal with U.K. major Phonogram in 1993, through which they released a number of singles before skipping out on their contract (the label reportedly wanted more straight-ahead, commercial techno from the group). Using their Phonogram advance for the full-length album they never delivered, ATR formed Digital Hardcore Recordings in 1994, the imprint under which they released most of their subsequent material, including the full-lengths Delete Yourself and The Future of War, plus a number of singles and EPs. DHR also expanded to include a number of up-and-coming German artists -- including EC8OR and Shizuo -- with similar political leanings, and signed a domestic licensing deal with Beastie Boys' Grand Royal label in 1996. Partly as a result of that deal and partly through the increasing popularity of ATR member Alec Empire (who released a number of solo full-lengths and singles through Force Inc., Chrome, Mille Plateaux, and Riot Beats, as well as DHR), ATR became one of the first new-school European techno artists to achieve success in America, with alternative radio and MTV picking up on the group in late 1996 and the release early the following year of Burn, Berlin, Burn!, an American compilation collecting tracks from the first two albums.

    Their third album, 60 Second Wipe Out, appeared in 1999 on Elektra, and featured new vocalist Nic Endo. Live at Brixton Academy 1999, a noise set recorded at a gig opening for Nine Inch Nails, was released on DHR in 2000. The band went on hiatus to allow Crack to seek psychiatric treatment and deal with declining health caused by long-simmering addictions. Unfortunately, the break was not enough and Crack was found dead in his Berlin apartment on September 6, 2001. The band dissolved soon after, with the rarities set Redefine the Enemy appearing in 2002, followed by the retrospective Atari Teenage Riot: 1992-2000, which appeared in 2006. Years later, however, ATR reconvened with Empire and Endo joined by vocalist CX KiDTRONiK. In 2011, the trio released Is This Hyperreal?, a true-to-old-form return that was issued in the U.S. through Steve Aoki's Dim Mak label. The lineup toured throughout Europe, America, and Asia, and the live album Riot in Japan 2011 was released. By 2014, KiDTRONiK had been replaced by MC Rowdy Superstar, and this lineup of ATR released Reset. Initially available only in Japan, it was given an international release in 2015.

    Band members: Nic Endo, Alexander Wilke, Rowdy Superstar
    Band ex-members: , Hanin Elias, Carl Crack, Christopher Davis (7)

    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 digital hardcore, 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.

    In 1999 ATR released 60 Second Wipe Out, an album that phased out all use of sampling and brought on board New York City rappers the Arsonists. According to Magnet Magazine, "Empire's guitar-playing values speed-thrash malevolence, and when paired with Endo's painful skronkage, the album is decidedly denser than its predecessor."

    The group decided to effectively disband in 2000 and to not consider the band's future until 2003. Carl Crack died a few months later of a drug overdose. His death caused Empire some anguish and made any reformation less likely. Since the collapse of ATR the surviving members have all pursued separate and successful careers. Nic Endo and Empire have collaborated since but relations between Elias and Empire appear to remain strained despite their mutual business interests. This is because, as she states in interviews, Hanin Elias decided to set up her own record label, where she did not feel oppressed by the mostly male artists. Her record label is named Fatal Recordings.

    In March 2002, ATR's album Future of War (1997) was banned in Germany. According to Alec Empire, Future of War was noteworthy because of its "left-rooted critique of the 'modern' high-tech-war, as we had seen it all some years previously during the Gulf War."

    In July 3rd 2006, ATR released greatest hits compilation called Atari Teenage Riot (1992-2000).

    ATR reformed in 2010 with CX Kidtronik joining the line-up for live dates and a single Activate! scheduled for release in May.

    Disclaimer: this biography was gathered automatically through an external music database and could be inaccurate. We don't control the information found here.

    Label - Digital Hardcore Recordings (DHR)

    "Digital Hardcore Recordings Ltd." (DHR) was founded in January 1994 by Alexander Wilke (Alec Empire) and Peter Lawton in London, UK. It was distributed via DMD and S.R.D.
    Label code: LC 11028

    Direct distribution was undertaken by Midi War/url=http://www.discogs.com/label/Not+On+Label+%28DHR+Mailorder+Tapes%29DHR-Mailorder/url from Berlin in 1995-97, subsequently from the London office.

    For countries outside the UK DHR releases are often licensed to different labels, such as url=http://www.discogs.com/label/Alternation+%282%29AlterNation/url for continental Europe, Grand Royal for North America and Beat Records for Japan.

    In 2007 Alec Empire put DHR on hold to focus on his newly founded label Eat Your Heart Out, reserving DHR for re-releases, as well as new Atari Teenage Riot material following their reactivation in 2010.
  2. raindeer667

    raindeer667Experienced Member Experienced member Forum Member




    Oct 10, 2009
    this is blocked...
  3. butcher

    butcherExperienced Member Uploader Experienced member Forum Member




    Sep 8, 2009
    fixed, now a mediafire link.