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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

    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
  • skinnydrifter

    Resonance will be the next Burning Empires.

    3 Mar 10:35pm Reply
  • Dingbat1991

    Yeah, I'd rather have the classical album over a "new" album at this point. Boy I distanced myself from these guys. I don't think I've listened to a VNV album in full since "Transnational" came out.

    18 Feb 2:22am Reply
  • skinnydrifter

    bring back the futurist

    6 Feb 5:42pm Reply
  • skinnydrifter

    I can't for Resonance. I have a soft spot for VNV Nation's classical/darkwave side!

    6 Feb 5:42pm Reply
  • DarkRivitHead

    I like VNV Nation, but Ronan Harris as a person I'm not so sure. And that's a shame.

    1 Feb 10:18pm Reply
  • skinnydrifter

    YES. VNV Nation's next album (the classical album) will be titled RESONANCE

    31 Jan 1:15pm Reply
  • Ep0na

    Kingdom, Darkangel, Beloved, Carry You, Further, Standing (still)

    29 Jan 5:08am Reply
  • RennanDS

    После Ковенанта тяжело слушается..... очень уж слабенький вокал.

    11 Jan 10:37am Reply
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  • Arkandast

    Если брать только альбомы [без single и ep], то выходит просто всё на отличном уровне! Впервые в 2011 или 2012 послушал "Illusion" и она мне понравилась. Сейчас же, когда дослушал дискографию нашёл для себя и другие ничем не хуже композиции. Также сильно вот эта понравилась "As It Fades".

    8 Dec 2014 Reply
  • skinnydrifter

    Also I heard VNV are still creating the Classical album. Can not wait!

    2 Dec 2014 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 2014 Reply

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

    7 Nov 2014 Reply
  • superdum2

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

    4 Nov 2014 Reply
  • skinnydrifter

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

    27 Sep 2014 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 2014 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 2014 Reply
  • MInnnn

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

    20 Sep 2014 Reply
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