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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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    12 Aug 8:07am Reply
  • 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
  • Empathy82

    I am the only gay listener of VNV? Otherwise write me. I would enjoy it! Thank u!

    5 May 12:21am Reply
  • skinnydrifter

    The VNV Nation song 'Secondskin (Spoken)' (is better than) > Judgement (2006), Illusion and every song and album released up to this date APRIL (2014), EASILY.

    27 Apr 2:04pm Reply
  • Jotsko

    (Heteronormative) Gay-Club Anthems 2014

    21 Apr 11:01pm Reply
  • DarkRivitHead

    Vote this one up.

    21 Apr 3:37am Reply
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    Vote this picture down. It will not show in the Scrobbler.

    21 Apr 3:36am Reply
  • skinnydrifter

    Seabound released some good shit this year, "Speak In Storms" - check it out - I'm like 2 months late but it's definitely worth looking into! Liberty Rose and For Another Day are great

    4 Apr 12:42am Reply
  • DarkRivitHead

    Great Show in Nashville, TN.

    27 Mar 5:36am Reply
  • HyperSniper

    Heh, I was in the front row and Ronan noticed my Bad Religion crossbuster shirt. He came over and shook hands with me in the middle of a song.

    23 Mar 2:24pm Reply
  • open-skies

    the show in warsaw was so amazing

    10 Jan 7:59pm Reply
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