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London, United Kingdom (1990 – present)

VNV Nation is an electronic music group formed in London in 1990, now based in Hamburg, Germany, that combines elements of , and electronic body music () into what they call . VNV Nation began as a one man project from Ronan Harris. In 1995 Mark Jackson joined the band permanently as a live drummer.

VNV Nation’s inspiration was originally the clash of the modern and classical European cultures, where mythology and technology live in an uneasy fusion, but this has since broadened to encompass a world view. The music ranges from electronic dance music to ballads and classically inspired music. Inspirations are taken from a wide range of styles including contemporary underground club culture, industrial, trance and classical music. The lyrics draw on philosophy, religion, literature, art, politics and different forms of symbolism, although VNV Nation does not advocate any ideology. It is a metaphor for expression. The letters VNV stand for “Victory Not Vengeance”. The meaning behind this stylised motto is that one should strive to achieve, not sit in bitter regret.

VNV Nation’s first releases were in 1990 with two self produced vinyl releases, “Body Pulse” and “Strength of Youth” (which are now long deleted with Ronan Harris himself not having a copy). After working on some VNV Nation tracks and supporting Nitzer Ebb on tour whilst living in Toronto, Canada, Ronan returned to London and released some tracks on sampler CDs. This caught the interest of German label Discordia and in July 1995, “Advance and Follow” was released. At around about the same time, Mark Jackson joined the band.


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  • Morinfen

    True that, I never really liked the original Sentinel that much but the Resonance version is really something else. On the other hand, I'm not really fond of the orchestal intepretation of Beloved while that's one of the best songs on my favorite VNV album. So who knows... I'm open to a Resonance Vol 2 though, I'd rather hear VNV do that than another Transnational.

    24 May 8:54pm Reply
  • St1cki3

    Whatever songs are going to be on Vol. 2, we know it's going to be grand. Hell, they might even make the lesser liked songs loved by all.

    23 May 7:40pm Reply
  • Keisarinna

    Further (Andante appassionato) is my dream come true.

    23 May 6:45pm Reply
  • skinnydrifter

    -Just a fan suggestion- ...For the next volume of Music For Orchestra, Vol. 2, I would love to see: "Kingdom", "Joy", "Genesis", "Chrome", "Honour", "Rubicon" (not the Distant II version), "Carbon", "Arena", "Homeward", "Tomorrow Never Comes", "Epicentre" and/or "Darkangel" reworked :D

    22 May 12:44pm Reply

    Resonance resonates, you must bring it to Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, New York City, I await

    17 May 9:52pm Reply
  • skinnydrifter

    VNV Nation are finally back. Finally. This album is so flourished, moody yet inspired. Triumphant No Vengeance... Solitary (Allegro Con Spirito), Further (Andante Appassionato) and Sentinel (Moderato Sostenuto), my God. Stunning. My CD hasn't arrived yet, so i'll wait, but these ones and Perpetual (Allegro Espressivo), have left me enthralled and simply speechless. VNV Nation's lyrical content has always been on point and now you can hear lyrics, especially Solitary, coherently by ear.

    17 May 8:38pm Reply
  • MInnnn

    New album is excellent

    17 May 7:36pm Reply
  • Alejandro240492

    I'm not afraid to say that I cried of how awesome, amazing and breathtaking is Resonance.

    16 May 4:01pm Reply
  • honeybeetree

    Resonance is breathtaking. Teleconnect Part 2 (Adagio Sonoro) and Nova (Largo) might very well be the most awe inspiring songs I've ever heard.

    16 May 2:44pm Reply
  • GuyInDogSuit

    Resonance is amazing. Wish I could find "If I Was" from the vinyl box set separately, though.

    15 May 11:14pm Reply
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  • skinnydrifter

    Holy shit there's even an iTunes Bonus track "Teleconnect Pt. 2 (Adagio Sonoro)" - Damn, if this isn't the greatest thing VNV Nation has done this century, then I don't know what is!

    15 May 9:00pm Reply
  • Sinfull_Sheff

    Resonance simply AMAZING!!!!

    15 May 7:29pm Reply
  • sbsnpr

    fractured minds

    8 May 6:54am Reply
  • Auraomega

    Just dusted off my copy of Advance and Follow... I'd forgotten just how barebones the sound was, absolutely love it though, quite a difference to their current sound (which I also enjoy, for different reasons).

    4 May 10:59am Reply
  • Dingbat1991

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  • skinnydrifter

    Just pre-ordered it off Amazon.

    7 Apr 8:25pm Reply
  • skinnydrifter

    Okay. Lento is a tad too slow, hahaha. But please do Rubicon, VNV Nation.

    3 Apr 9:05pm Reply
  • skinnydrifter

    Yeah, i've heard the good news. I want a Rubicon movement in Lento on Vol. 2

    24 Mar 11:03pm Reply
  • Dingbat1991

    Here's the track listing: Looks like they plan on releasing more of these too considering there's "Vol. 1" in the title.

    24 Mar 4:57pm Reply
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