• Record Label: Dim Mak
  • Release Date: Jul 26, 2011
Metascore
65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
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  1. 90
    Pummelling electro punk at it's finest.
  2. Kerrang!
    Jun 29, 2011
    80
    While their sloganeering remains simplistic, the courage of their convictions continues to drive them forward against an unforgiving world in style. [18 Jun 2011, p.51]
  3. Jun 20, 2011
    80
    Atari Teenage Riot in 2011 are as raw and self indulgent as they ever were, and while their comeback record won't seal their place in history, those who loved them the first time around will lap it up.
  4. Jun 20, 2011
    80
    Indeed with such a raging fire burning through their bellies, this stands up alongside 60 Second Wipe Out as possibly Atari Teenage Riot's most potent collection of songs to date, and what's more, in a climate besieged with apathy and despondence, their relevance today cannot be underestimated.
  5. Aug 19, 2011
    70
    Even after a decade away, Atari Teenage Riot are still equally angry and entertaining, and Is This Hyperreal? just may be one of their definitive statements.
  6. Q Magazine
    Aug 16, 2011
    60
    Brain-melting return from digital hardcore heroes. [Sept. 2011, p. 103]
  7. Jun 30, 2011
    60
    On this new album, it's not so much a problem that they remain stuck in the 90s politically, but more that their music seems so irrelevant sonically and willing to wallow in a mid-tempo techno-metal goth-night ghetto.
  8. To put it simply, Is This Hyperreal? suffers not because the band made a bad album, but because this is the fourth time they've repeated the formula.
  9. Uncut
    Jun 17, 2011
    60
    They're marching to a '90s beat, like the internet never happened and fresh tools were never invented. [Jul 2011, p.77]
  10. Jul 7, 2011
    51
    They're not teenagers anymore, but you'd never know it from listening to them. That's not exactly a compliment.
  11. Jul 27, 2011
    50
    Needless to be said, hardcore ATR fans would most probably appreciate this record for the sake of nostalgia, and so be it.
  12. Jun 22, 2011
    50
    Returning after 11 years of officially not existing, what's left of ATR could've focused their energies on kicking lots of ass. Instead, they indulge spoken-wordy, freshman-year non-profundities that mostly siphon energy from the get-up-and-f*ck-some-shit-up ethos present on a few okay tracks like "Activate" and "Codebreaker."
  13. Jun 21, 2011
    50
    This time around, ATR's protest platitudes ("Are you ready to testify?") and electronic skronk-thud ("Digital 
Decay," with female member Nic Endo holding forth on Internet freedom), sound awkwardly dated.

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