Alec Empire

Alec Empire

Real Name:
Alexander Wilke-Steinhof
Born: May 2, 1972, West Berlin, Germany

Founded Digital Hardcore Recordings (DHR) together with Peter Lawton, as well as Geist Records and Eat Your Heart Out.

Alec Empire's productions have been extremely varied, but he remains most noted for being key in the development of the digital hardcore sound, which was an initiator to breakcore.

Alec Empire Discography


MP CD 11 Alec Empire Generation Star Wars (Album) Mille Plateaux MP CD 11 Germany 1994 Sell This Version
MP CD 18 Alec Empire Low On Ice (The Iceland Sessions) (Album) Mille Plateaux MP CD 18 Germany 1995 Sell This Version
MP LP 30, MP 30 Alec Empire Les Étoiles Des Filles Mortes (Album) Mille Plateaux, Mille Plateaux MP LP 30, MP 30 Germany 1996 Sell This Version
DHR CD 4 Alec Empire The Destroyer (Album) Digital Hardcore Recordings (DHR) DHR CD 4 UK 1996 Sell This Version
MP-23 Alec Empire Hypermodern Jazz 2000.5 (Album) Mille Plateaux MP-23 Germany 1996 Sell This Version
none DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid* vs. Alec Empire DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid* vs. Alec Empire - Live At Soundlab(2xCass, Mixed, C60) Not On Label none Germany 1996 Sell This Version
DHR LTD 009CD Alec Empire Miss Black America Digital Hardcore Recordings (DHR) DHR LTD 009CD UK 1999 Sell This Version
EL.T.L.006, EL TURCO LOCO CAT# 006 Alec Empire Alec Empire Vs. Elvis Presley (Album) El Turco Loco, El Turco Loco EL.T.L.006, EL TURCO LOCO CAT# 006 US 1999 Sell This Version
BRC-36 Alec Empire Intelligence And Sacrifice (Album) Digital Hardcore Recordings (DHR) BRC-36 Japan 2001 Sell This Version
DHRLTDCD12 Alec Empire vs. Merzbow Alec Empire vs. Merzbow - Live CBGB's NYC 1998(CD, Ltd) Digital Hardcore Recordings (DHR) DHRLTDCD12 UK 2003 Sell This Version
DHRLTDCD14 Alec Empire The CD2 Sessions - Live In London 7 12 2002(CD, Ltd, Bla) Digital Hardcore Recordings (DHR) DHRLTDCD14 UK 2003 Sell This Version
DHRCD40ER Alec Empire Futurist (Album) Digital Hardcore Recordings (DHR) DHRCD40ER UK 2005 Sell This Version
ENR048 Alec Empire The Golden Foretaste Of Heaven (Album) Eat Your Heart Out ENR048 France 2007 Sell This Version
EYHOXP005 Alec Empire Bass Terror (Comp) Eat Your Heart Out EYHOXP005 Germany 2008 Sell This Version
none Alec Empire Shivers (MiniAlbum) Eat Your Heart Out none UK 2009 Sell This Version
EYHODL004 Alec Empire & The Hellish Vortex Alec Empire & The Hellish Vortex - Live At Uebel & Gefährlich, Hamburg, Germany(12xFile, FLAC, 16-) Eat Your Heart Out EYHODL004 2009

Singles & EPs

FIM 005 T'N'I & Alec Empire T'N'I & Alec Empire - Trip Men Force Inc. Music Works FIM 005 Germany 1991 Sell This Version
FIM 023 Alec Empire SuEcide (Pt.1) (EP) Force Inc. Music Works FIM 023 Germany 1992 Sell This Version
FIM 015 Alec Empire Yobot E.P. (EP) Force Inc. Music Works FIM 015 Germany 1992 Sell This Version
FIM 029 Alec Empire SuEcide (Pt.2)(12") Force Inc. Music Works FIM 029 Germany 1992 Sell This Version
FIM 038 Alec Empire / Biochip C. Alec Empire / Biochip C. - Das Duell(12") Force Inc. Music Works FIM 038 Germany 1993 Sell This Version
FIM LIM 01 Alec Empire Limited Edition(12", Ltd) Force Inc. Limited FIM LIM 01 Germany 1993 Sell This Version
FIM 048 Alec Empire Bass Terror EP(12", EP) Force Inc. Music Works FIM 048 Germany 1993 Sell This Version
Riot Beats 4 Atari Teenage Riot / Alec Empire & Lucy Devils Atari Teenage Riot / Alec Empire & Lucy Devils - Raver Bashing / Together For Never Riot Beats Riot Beats 4 Germany 1994 Sell This Version
DHR 1 Alec Empire Digital Hardcore E.P. (EP) Digital Hardcore Recordings (DHR) DHR 1 Germany 1994 Sell This Version

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September 12, 2010
Allthough I dislike much of his excentric starfucker attitudes, the more I like his sound, his intention in Noisy experiments and his influence in Breakbeat/-core! His "Generation Star Wars", "Destroyer" along with ATR's "1995/Redefine the enemy" were groundbreaking and kick ass at the same time. Later on (after 2000th) I miss some innovation in his sound, but all in all I know this guy is true at heart!


January 9, 2009
Alec Empire is one of my top 10/top 5 artists. I can't tell since I listen to a LOT of music.

Whenever I put on an Alec Empire production (see: Atari Teenage Riot), I listen to it with a sense of fear. It is simply a blend of the hardest styles of music, noise and Digital Hardcore. Some of his productions are acid house-y, some are ambient, but the ones with the most conviction are the hardest. As an audiophile, the sense of fear I approach an Empire production with is unique, I am a masochist for the length of the record, which is a role reversal for me. When I listen to Merzbow, I'm simply in a zone, when I listen to Empire, I must submit or become overwhelmed. As an Atari Teenage Riot fan, exposed via Reznor, I clearly remember the first time I picked up Alec Empire Vs. Merzbow, I was overwhelmed and fell into a sleepish daze, while playing the recording for the first time. Some criticize his harsh sound, they don't understand sound. His breaks and acid house are some of the best, but when I think of that genre, I'll put in Aphex, for uncompromising noise and electronics, I'll often put in Empire. His more melodic punk/rock/industrial is also among his best recordings. Empire has a collection of haters, this is because he is utterly uncompromising. Instead of hate, I have respect for him. As a fellow anarchist, Empire, socialism like fascism is the opposite of anarchy! Carl seemed to get this according to his lyrics, I hope you do to.

As a final note, Empire is one of the most underrated muscians on planet earth, then again most of the unique artists always are, never played on radio, don't get the love they deserve. But the love they get is unique, even if from an otherwise apathetic crowd.


December 14, 2006
edited over 9 years ago
To say Alec Empire's styles and releases are diverse is a vast understatement. Nevertheless all of his music is infused with so much energy that it sounds and feels more alive than any other artist I know of. Whether it's his aggressive punk roots, his raw, emotional soundscapes or his DIY/underground attitude (like a true rockstar), he makes music that you can physically feel.

From starting a record label that has defined a genre and subculture, to hardcore electro-punk that demands a revolution, to ambience so cold you can see your breath, to tackling new aural terrains every step along the way, each record and production is ground breaking in it's own right.

Some of his stuff isn't for everyone, but there's so many different styles Alec Empire takes on that you can't pigeon hole him. If you listen to one record and don't like it, try another. Sure he may be the godfather of digital hardcore and that will show up with greater frequency in the foreground or background, but jungle, acid, industrial, punk, techno, hip hop, ambient, noise, or even straight up rock 'n roll... he's been there and has done that too.

I can say with certainty that Alec Empire either has the shortest attention span for styles because once he's done them he's bored with it, or he is set to conquer ever genre that he can grasp and make his own. I'm inclined to think it's the latter, but i wouldn't be surprised if it's really a bit of both.

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