Atari Teenage Riot is back to confront the hard topics 

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.

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.

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