Atari Teenage Riot
Is This Hyperreal?


4.0
excellent

Review

by Blindsided USER (64 Reviews)
May 29th, 2011 | 34 replies | 10,301 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The internet….is it worth the creation of a black hole that sucks up our time, creativity and friendships?

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

Within every genre there is mixing, blending, and unification of other styles to create offshoots that sometimes end up being better than its starting point. Digital hardcore or “cyberpunk” can be seen as a silly term of sorts, but when looked at from the actual retrospect of the two elements, it makes perfect sense. Blending the beats and synths of industrial, and the screams and yelling of hardcore, we’re left with exactly what’s described: a scarce, but developing genre. Atari Teenage Riot could be seen as the forerunner of this genre, releasing their first album in 1995 amidst the booming industrial dance craze. Their newest album, Is This Hyperreal?, which is their first album in 11 years, is not only their comeback album, but one of the definitive industrial albums of the year.

Whether it was the amount of work they actually put into this album or just the time since the breakup, Hyperreal? could be the most focused work of ATR’s career. The vocal work notably of Nic displayed on this album is more than a step above the work on any of the group’s previous releases. Even Alec Empire sounds more confident and outgoing when he sings; this definitely doesn’t sound anything like any of his solo material folks. Additionally, since bringing CX KiDTRONiK on board the band has also gained another vocalist and expanded with an influence towards drum ‘n’ bass and house.

In traditional ATR fashion the album starts off with a bang. “Activate” is best described as the perfect Nic/Alec duo song. The music is fast paced, the beats pound, and Alec spits the lyrics out almost as fast as a rapper. The ending of the song best showcases the digital side of the band’s sound with the beats pounding off the drum machine as they melt over Alec’s fading vocals. The second track is a solo fare by Nic and she absolutely nails it. Her high pitched squeal over the drum machine and the deep synths makes for one of the albums finest tracks. “Codebreaker” is the first vocal appearance of new member CX KiDTRONiK, backing up Alec with another distorted bass pounding track.

However, they wouldn’t be very punk without a little bit of anarchy or political lyrics in the mix would they? Back in 1995 when they released Burn, Berlin, Burn! that was a good majority of their lyrical content. With this album they have refocused it and put it into just a few certain songs. One of them is “Rearrange Your Synapases”, and it’s easily the heaviest of the ten songs on the album. It displays Nic and CX’s screaming vocals over heavy blast beats and a weird siren sample. The album closer is more downtrodden and slower than the rest of the songs. It’s a fresh change of pace from the rest of the songs while still remaining a very solid ATR song. Harrowing vocals over the chorus and the lack of punk vocals lead into the last minutes of the album which is ironically an 8-bit voice describing the last details of the album.

Is This Hyperreal? has everthing a trademark Atari Teenage Riot album would have. Have they been missed for the last 11 years? Absolutely. After losing co-founder Carl Crack to a drug overdose in 2001 they took a long hiatus, refocused and released an album they can be proud of. Many fans of the band will be pleased with their newly established sound and new fans alike will be able to appreciate their creative and catchy upbeat songs.



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Blindsided
May 29th 2011



1871 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Two different streams: first is the whole thing in one long song and the second is song by song with
lyrics:

http://www.munitionen.de/index.php/2011/05/28/albumstream-atari-teenage-riot-is-this-
hyperreal/

http://www.isthishyperrealofficial.com/#!enter-is-this-hyperreal/vstc2=isthishyperreal

"One per day asshole"
Well the one 3 reviews below was from last night and no one is writing today.

bloc
May 29th 2011



34679 Comments


Downloading this now but may not get to it until tomorrow, BETTER BE GOOD

Digging: Anberlin - Lowborn

Blindsided
May 29th 2011



1871 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It is good. You'll probably rate it like a 3-3.5

bloc
May 29th 2011



34679 Comments


That high, eh? Alright you're on.

pizzamachine
May 29th 2011



12571 Comments


'tis a great album and a great review!

demigod!
May 29th 2011



43888 Comments


ooh i want this. i've loved Activate! from first listen like a year ago

Digging: Black Flag - My War

Blindsided
May 29th 2011



1871 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yep one of the best songs on the album.

clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
May 30th 2011



6361 Comments


They are aces live!

Haven't heard any of the albums though...

Good review btw!

Digging: Shackleton - Deliverance Series No. 1

bloc
May 30th 2011



34679 Comments


Man I am not liking this. This is the exact style of music I can't stand, to be honest.

Blindsided
May 30th 2011



1871 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Makes me sad. However this means my search to impress you marches forward!

bloc
May 30th 2011



34679 Comments


Haha, no pressure ;)

balcaen
May 30th 2011



3183 Comments


i've only listened to the last LP by these guys, Delete Yourself.hated that thing, it just sounded bland to me. how does this compare?

i kind of see cyberpunk as this emerging genre that totally sucked when people first attempted it but is going to start putting out some cool releases as it catches on.

Blindsided
May 30th 2011



1871 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I think this is more fast paced and high energy than the previous stuff.
I agree, I'd really like to see it emerge more and see more artists of the genre get recognition.

Baphomet
May 30th 2011



7364 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

please make them stop please make them stop please make them stop please make them stop please make them stop please make them stop please make them stop please make them stop please make them stop please make them stop please make them stop please make them stop

Blindsided
May 30th 2011



1871 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Do I hate on Shpongle?

No.

Baphomet
May 30th 2011



7364 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Because it's not possible to do so.

I can't lie to you, man. I listened to the first track you posted and it made me cringe.

bloc
May 30th 2011



34679 Comments


I've hacked Baph's account and am now controlling his opinions

Blindsided
May 30th 2011



1871 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

QUICK 5 EVERY JUSTIN BEIBER ALBUM!

Regulator
May 31st 2011



600 Comments


I hafta say being a massive fan of this band, especially 60-second wipeout and the insanity that album
was, this doesn't come close in my books. It's decent, but it's so poppy, and clean-sounding. I was
really hoping they would follow the direction the last half of 60 second wipeout went: total fucking
electronic noise chaos, with heavy guitars and amazing MC work.

Needs more Hannin, and Karl.

The current lineup were pretty awesome live in September tho. Playing old songs I never thought I'd
get to hear live.

omnipanzer
June 7th 2011



21418 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Love ATR, can't wait to hear this.

Digging: Grant Lee Buffalo - Fuzzy



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