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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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  • skinnydrifter

    Yes I know the story to Illusion's popularity and the death behind it - but i'm here for the music, the stuff that strikes and grips tight regardless of how many years pass. Also I heard VNV are still creating the Classical album. Can not wait!

    21 Nov 7:27pm Reply
  • skinnydrifter

    They dropped out probably because they would have been insulted for not being industrial, have you not listened to their latest albums? If I was Skinny Puppy I'd kick them out too. But then again I would have loved to seen both of them together live... Illusion sucks!

    9 Nov 2:56pm Reply

    NYC / Alliance of Sound Tour .............. WTF happened?

    7 Nov 4:25pm Reply
  • superdum2

    Looking forward to December 8th driving 4 hours for it.

    4 Nov 10:38pm Reply
  • skinnydrifter

    I have faith of a triumpthant (inspired) return to form. :-)

    27 Sep 8:20pm Reply
  • MInnnn

    Retaliate is pretty much in the style of Matter + Form but not as good as their earlier stuff. Anyway, agree on "a waste of talent" [3]

    26 Sep 8:29pm Reply
  • skinnydrifter

    yep about 'the times when they could write stuff like Honour are gone', Nova isn't their last great song... it's not all that good - Retaliate is their last great song.

    25 Sep 7:29pm Reply
  • MInnnn

    Afraid Nova is their last great song. Times when they could write stuff like Serial Killer and Honour are gone

    20 Sep 12:37pm Reply
  • beorn_n

    Просто отличная музыка!

    9 Sep 1:32am Reply
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  • miss-jenzibar

    Announced for Infest in place of Project Pitchfork. I am a happy bunny! Cannot wait for my next VNV-fix!

    6 Aug 10:16pm Reply
  • Nick14Orlov

    немного однообразны, но есть несколько очень красивых вещей, например, та же Illusion очень многим моим знакомым с первого прослушивания западала в душу. Я сам очень люблю Beloved.

    25 Jul 12:06am Reply
  • skinnydrifter

    I need that orchestral Gothic meets Klassik version of Beloved please Like Blood

    23 Jun 6:56pm Reply
  • Plummad

    "I am the only gay listener of VNV? Otherwise write me. I would enjoy it! Thank u! ". Believe, you're not the only gay listener of VNV Nation. And, does it matter? [2] I'd like to point out they've done entire articles on how VNV Nation have a HUGE LGBT fanbase...You're not special because you're gay - you really don't need to bring it up at all..

    23 Jun 6:50pm Reply
  • Alejandro240492

    "I am the only gay listener of VNV? Otherwise write me. I would enjoy it! Thank u! ". Believe, you're not the only gay listener of VNV Nation. And, does it matter?

    23 Jun 1:41am Reply
  • skinnydrifter

    "what a waste of talent" [2]

    21 Jun 2:26pm Reply
  • Nihil227

    Is it me or Praise the Fallen and Empires were removed from Spotify? Also this is such a shame they became so commercial, what a waste of talent.

    21 Jun 9:24am Reply
  • MellyMUSE

    'This world is just illusion always trying to change you....'<3

    1 Jun 9:21am Reply
  • Slavicpast

    Missed in Montréal on Saturday, making that up tomorrow in shitty Boston. Hoping for amazing show down in the Ussa!

    7 May 3:46am Reply
  • brennaneden

    I wish I could meet the cute chick with pink hair that told me I was good looking at the show they played at the Taft theatre. Good show, jolly good show.

    6 May 5:33am Reply
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