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on July 31, 2011
If you are asking yourself whats the most invigorating electronic/dance album of the year than look no further than ATR's Is This Hyperreal? With an energy and polish that completely eclipses the ATR sound of old, Alec Empire and Co (Nic Endo and newcomer CX Kidtronik) have crafted the definitive version of there political manifesto, with surprisingly insightful things to say about the effect the Internet has on youth and society in general. Opening with a song in the vein of Get Up While You Can or Speed, Activate! immediately gets the listeners attention. Blood In My Eyes is Endo's first oppurtunity to shine, proving herself a terrific successor to the Queen-of-Screech Hanin Elias. Followed by a one-two-three punch of three of the best songs: Black Flags, Is This Hyperreal?, and Codebreaker. Shadow Identity follows, pursuing the bizarre concept of Internet celebrity. By this point in the album, its abundantly clear that Empire has been giving it 300% and just when you think the quality is about to drop, Rearrange Your Synapses, Digital Decay, The Only Slight Glimmer of Hope, and Collapse Of History are ready to blow you away.

This time around, unlike in the case of 1999's 60 Second Wipe Out, Empire seems completely confident in the sound, as well as the messages of the lyrics. CX Kidtronik brightens every track he is in, beckoning the listener to reconsider whether we live in a "colorless society" or not in a fantastic opening for Rearrange Your Synapses. He does the late MC Carl Crack justice, seeming to honor his approach yet taking the rapping/chanting in a fresh direction.

It's been thirteen years since the last ATR album, and it seems as though Empire made every second count. Is This Hyperreal is sonically rich, lyrically dense (although not terribly deep), and an all around entertaining party album with not a single track that doesn't make a person feel like dancing the night away in protest. But as Empire, Endo, and Kidtronik are sure to remind us: we cannot just stare at the screen for hours on end, it's time to move another generation to action.
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on September 12, 2011
Atari Teenage Riot still kicking a** and taking names. Their message is still the same, the music, a little less distorted.Sounds great! Just as urgent and important as it's always been. See them live if you can, they put on an amazing show. Buy this CD at least, waited long time for a new one! If you are an ATR fan, you won't be disappointed. If you are not familiar with their digital hardcore - check it out.
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on August 22, 2011
Hard house, noise, thrash, punk, industrial... loud and revolutionary, as always. Bands don't usually make comebacks like this, but this album sounds great. The messages in the lyrics are vital for anyone who values autonomy and freedom and will get you pumped to see real change in our dying world. Love it!
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