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Atari Teenage Riot have joined the controversey surrounding German compatriots Rammstein.

Speaking to MTV last weekend at their New York CMJ gig, ATR’s Alec Empire gave his thoughts on Germany’s other extreme metal exports.

“What was really bad was that in Germany, Rammstein is successful for all the wrong reasons. I think they’re not a fascist band, but I think that in Germany there’s a lot of misunderstanding and that’s why they sell a lot of records,” he said.

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“I’m still waiting for them to make a statement. You can’t just make a Leni Riefenstahl video and say that it’s just a joke. My grandfather died in a concentration camp and for me that’s not a joke at all.”

When Atari Teenage Riot played London Highbury Garage on October 30, our reporter said: “I have seen the future of rock’n’roll and it is a gibbering, snot-dribbling, anarkozombie moron!”

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