In order to mark the return – albeit at this point temporary return – of Atari Teenage Riot, Alec Empire, Nic Endo, CX KiDTRONiK and Hanin Elias decided they needed to release. While Hanin Elias’ vocals ended up not making the final track (“she was disappointed by the way the vocals came out”, says Empire of the recording), the end result sounds like classic ATR, with a furious 2010 twist.
This free download has been around for a few weeks now, but since this is Atari Teenage Riot Takeover Week here at Thrash Hits, we figured that we ought to throw it out there one last time for anyone that hasn’t downloaded it yet. Even if you’re part of the “DAT’S NOT METULZ!” internet chorus that roams the metal blogosphere, then give it a listen anyway. You might be surprised – you might even like it.
Whether or not ‘Activate’ (and the official remix of ‘Digital Hardcore’ by The Builder) remain the only new recorded ATR material to come out of this reunion remains to be seen. In an interview we’ll be running later this week, we talked extensively with Alec Empire about both the “lost” ATR recordings that remained incomplete following the death of Carl Crack, and the prospect of new music being created by the reformation line-up. You’ll just have to wait till the end of the week to find out more….