From the magazine:
Atari Teenage Riot’s decision to reform this year could not have arrived at a more opportune time, with a rise in conservatisim occurring not only in the UK and Germany, but all throughout Europe. In this climate we need bands like ATR reminding us that it’s necessary to lash out against the system sometimes. However, this is ATR Mk.II. Only Alec Empire remains from their original incarnation, but it’s like those golden times were just yesterday for him tonight. Inciting the crowd into near-riots, he’s an inimitable frontman, his every utterance laced with indignation, even if he does keep the political polemic to a minimum. Taking over duties for Hanin Elias and Carl Crack are Nic Endo and CX KiDTRONiK respectively, with Endo undoubtedly being the dominant force of the two. She’s icily imposing and possesses a scream that could start a war, but thankfully tonight she is content simply with winning over a sceptical crowd. Despite the protests of a few older fans, the new incarnantion are warmly welcomed with pitting and dancing alike, ‘No Remorse (I Wanna Die)’ and ‘Atari Teenage Riot’ inciting levels of frenzy hitherto unseen in this venue. Seizure-inducing levels of strobe lighting are joined by breakbeats, jungle, drum’n’bass and caustic guitar samples at every turn, providing enough variety and energy to prove that this is no mere nostalgia trip for them, this is a return to arms. They’re not the same band that baited censors or incited riots in the 90′s, but their message has remained intact and that’s what we really need from them. – David Bowes

POSTED BY Tim Gauthier