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Atari Teenage Riot is back to confront the hard topics

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Children, gather ’round, and listen to a tale from years gone by.

There was once a time when — we kid you not — the meanest, loudest, most confrontational band on the planet was an unassuming little combo from Germany called Atari Teenage Riot. Which makes sense, since Berlin-based Alec Empire started the “digital hardcore” band (his decidedly apt terminology for their music) in part as a response to the wave of neo-Nazism that was rife throughout his country in the early ’90s.

But alas, times changed, the anger faded, the group splintered, and that, apparently, was that.

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Or was it?

Late last year, Atari Teenage Riot came roaring back onto the scene with a blistering new single called “Activate.” And now they’re giving it a one-two combo with a brand-new pummeller, “Blood In My Eyes,” available at all DSPs, and containing a remix of “Activate.” Both are culled from the forthcoming album “Is This Hyperreal?” on Steve Aoki’s cutting-edge Dim Mak imprint.

The band is basically Empire and vocalist Nic Endo, plus new MC CX KiDTRONiK. But they’re as relevant as ever — “Blood” was penned about yet another subject that angers Empire, human trafficking.

It’s exactly what the rock world needs right now — the stiff punch in the chops that was/is Atari Teenage Riot.

For more information, visit www.atari-teenage-riot.com.



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