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Atari Teenage Riot - Is This Hyperreal?

Travis Fry   (128 reviews)

Posted: 08/23/2011 | Comments: 5 | Rate:

From the moment I heard Atari Teenage Riot back in 1997 I was hooked. Their political music and their background in the Germany hardcore scene gave them the ability to produce some great music. At the time I was getting into some electronic music so when I found something so heavy and hard hitting as this it was a great find. I followed the news of the band with a desire to know everything about this band and to never miss a release. Again they released an album and again I was a pleased fan. Then tragedy struck, MC Carl Crack was found dead. After his death, they decided to no longer continue under the name Atari Teenage Riot and decided to further pursue their solo careers. Never really getting into any of the solo stuff I stopped paying attention.

Its been nearly twelve years since their last album. I stumbled upon the album by accident. Looking into what happened I found the band is now a trio again. They hired a new MC to replace Carl and Hanin Elias was not part of the reunion. Always loving this band, it was a must have album.

With most bands that take a long time off, they tend to write a new album that is a rehash of their older material or they completely change into something else. This album falls into neither of these categories. The music is similar to their older work but feels fresh. They toned down some of the songs making them slower and not as hard hitting. They do still have the fast songs and the bass that hits. It is a great follow up to "60 Second Wipeout" and feels it could have come out ten years ago.

The vocals are same as always. The new singer CX KiDTRONiK does a very good job with keeping up with this well established band. The lyrics are still very focused on politics.

With such a long absence I was very skeptical as well excited about this release. It did not disappoint one bit. It had everything one would expect from an ATR record and exceeded expectations. Even the slower songs were exciting and a pleasure to listen to. If you haven't heard them before, this is not a bad place to start.

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Comments
vanilla gorilla
212,038 Posts
38/M/PA
they're still a band?
still oh so ill
8,438 Posts
36/M/MD
I still own an Atari Teenage Riot shirt. I'm going to start wearing it.
vanilla gorilla
212,038 Posts
38/M/PA
the band themselves just posted this link on facebook
still oh so ill
8,438 Posts
36/M/MD
Found it...

Haha.

I'm shocked that a size XL shirt fits anymore. I guess thats a good thing.
WastedPotential
6,659 Posts
37/M/VA
Originally posted by: cbrickhouse

they're still a band?

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