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Alec Empire
Genres: Dance & Electronic, World Music, Special Interest, Pop
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A sample of Alec Empire's (ATR) best tracks, ranging from extreme hardcore to neo-classical explorations of digitally generated sound. Picked by Alternative Press as the 52nd Most Influential Record of the '90s!


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All Artists: Alec Empire
Title: Destroyer
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Digital Hardcore
Original Release Date: 1/1/1998
Re-Release Date: 7/4/2000
Album Type: Import, Original recording reissued
Genres: Dance & Electronic, World Music, Special Interest, Pop
Styles: Ambient, Drum & Bass, Electronica, IDM, Techno, Europe, Continental Europe, Experimental Music, Dance Pop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 690261001627


Album Description
A sample of Alec Empire's (ATR) best tracks, ranging from extreme hardcore to neo-classical explorations of digitally generated sound. Picked by Alternative Press as the 52nd Most Influential Record of the '90s!

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todeskampf | Vincennes, IN USA | 09/10/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"A lot of people who dislike Alec's main band, Atari Teenage Riot, tend to shy away from his solo stuff, thinking that it will sound the same. the truth is, the two are entirely different from each other.Alec's stuff is creatively genius drum and bass chaos. it is very complex and often goes into sharp and abrupt changes from chaos to silence and back to chaos again.some highlights are the songs FIREBOMBING, HARD LIKE IT'S A POSE, and PLEASURE IS OUR BUSINESS. i personally detest ATR, but that did not stop me from thoroughly enjoying this album. i definitely recommend this album. this isn't just drum and bass. this is pure chaos straight from the mind of Alec Empire."
Harsh, digital distortion with manic beats. What's not to li
Steward Willons | Illinois | 04/20/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

"My introduction to Alec Empire and Digital Hardcore aesthetic was through Atari Teenage Riot. Since I'm a fan of the latter, I decided to check out Empire's solo stuff. Since I'm guessing a lot of potential listeners were similarly introduced to his music through ATR, I'll start off with some comparisons. The familiar distortion covers everything and is, at times, even more aggressive than ATR typical sound, if you can imagine such a thing. The song tempos are varied, unlike ATR's approach - fast and faster. There are manic jungle beats, pummeling gabber, and even some slower breakbeats. The biggest difference is the lack of guitar and vocals.

I get the feeling Empire is to ATR as Liam Howlett is to the Prodigy - he writes and programs the tracks while the band mates show up and contribute screaming vocals. His compositional direction doesn't seem all that much different. But the interesting thing is, as superfluous as his band mates may be, there is a difference in that on a song-to-song basis, ATR tracks tend to have real personality, whereas Empire's work on this CD tends to sound monochromatic when you listen to it straight through.

Part of it might be the lack of a central theme. With ATR, we have things like revolution, dissent, angst, and speed that form the bulk of the thematic material. Of course they're not original themes, but they ARE effective. Moreover, they tend to cohere into individual songs more easily than Alec's solo material, on this album at least. Maybe I miss the guitar. Maybe I like the vocals better than the samples that seem to replace them here.

Whatever the issue is, I guess I prefer ATR to Empire solo. It seems like there's more variety, in a strange way. I enjoy dipping into The Destroyer for one or two tracks at a time, but on the occasions that I've listened to the whole CD in one sitting, my ears got fatigued and things started to blend together. They didn't fatigued because of the noise. I listen to Merzbow all the time. It was entirely because everything ended up being too similar.

Maybe I'm being too critical here. I would still recommend all ATR fans check this out. It's very brutal and as far as harsh digital distortion with beats goes, Alec Empire is the man. From what I understand, this compilation gives a nice overview of his prolific solo career. I think if I was to buy another CD, it would probably be a proper album as there is sure to be more variance. Incidentally, if anyone has recommendations, please leave me a comment."
Noise noise noise and better than ATR!
lunaticsoul | Las Vegas, nv United States | 07/24/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)

"somewhat annoying that the mainstream found a focus in atari teenage riot. When ATR really is just "alex empire+screaming extra bandmates who add teenage angst"Its sad .. really songs "like kids are united we will never be divided".. shouldn't have been made by somebody with such a grasp on making powerful distorted dirty beats more hardcore than the rest. While not forgetting to add interesting beats, and samples to the mix. This isn't you basic hardcore loops here not at all. This is clearly the alex empire who used to dabble in down tempo-ambient-drum n bass. just now hes kicked it into hardcore and makes much more textured music. If you like ATR this album is a must have! It basically the same thing minus all the screaming, plus added complexity."