Music: VNV Nation

VNV Nation is an Electronic Music project which has made work in multiple genres; predominantly Electronic Body Music, Futurepop (both of which are subgenres of Industrial), and Synth Pop.

Their first albums; Advance And Follow and Praise The Fallen had a sound best described as "Symphonic EBM." Their breakthrough album, Empires, evolved the sound by incorporating the influence of Trance music. The result was the Trope Codifier for Futurepop and many still consider Empires the best Futurepop album ever made. The following album, Futureperfect, increased the trance influence slightly, leading some of their fanbase to argue They Changed It, Now It Sucks and Genre Adultery. Afterwards, the album Matter + Form was released; the album demonstrated a more 'retro' sound based on vintage analog synthesizers and incorporated more Synth Pop influence than usual. Judgment; released in 2007, continued this trend but with more frequent nods towards the groups Industrial heritage. Ditto for 2010's Of Faith, Power, and Glory.

Their latest album, Transnational was released in 2013.

Discography:

  • Advance and Follow (1995)
  • Praise the Fallen (1998)
  • Empires (1999)
  • Futureperfect (2002)
  • Matter + Form (2005)
  • Judgement (2007)
  • Of Faith, Power and Glory (2009)
  • Automatic (2011)
  • Transnational (2013)

This band's music provides examples of:

  • Album Title Drop: "Honour" on Praise the Fallen.
  • Crowd Song: Not intended as such but it has become something of a tradition to sing along to the opening melody and the ending lines of Perpetual.
  • Darker and Edgier: Praise The Fallen is lyrically noticeably darker than their debut.
  • Despair Event Horizon: The speaker in "Forsaken", off of the Solitary EP.
  • Epic Rocking: They don't rock per se, but they have a goodly number of fairly long songs- outstanding examples are "Ascension", "Solitary", "Beloved", "Airships", "Strata" and "Interceptor" (effectively one song split into two tracks), "Perpetual", "Radio" and "Teleconnect Pt. 2", all of which are well over 7 minutes. Listing all the songs that go above 6 minutes would be a fruitless exercise- that's more than half their total number of songs...
  • Epic Instrumental Opener: Most of their albums open with these. Many are part of Siamese Twin Songs.
  • Ethereal Choir: Synths imitating this sound are common in their songs- "Electronaut" and "Lost Horizon" are good examples.
  • Fading into the Next Song: Happens from time to time.
  • Genre Shift: On their first three albums, they gradually shifted from fairly standard EBM fare to the Trance and Synth Pop-influenced sound that characterized the Futurepop subgenre. On Futureperfect, they upped the Trance influence somewhat. Later albums up the Synth Pop quotient instead, though the core sound is still Futurepop.
  • Humans Are Flawed: A major theme of their songs, sometimes going in to Humans Are Bastards.
  • Industrial: More specifically, the EBM (on the first two albums) and Futurepop subgenres. The also codified the latter.
  • Instrumentals: Quite a few, including:
    • "Chosen", "Forsaken", "Ascension", "Burnout", "PTF 2021" and the untitled track from Praise The Fallen.
    • "Firstlight", "Saviour" and "Distant (Rubicon II)" from Empires.
    • "Foreword", "Electronaut" (except for the odd vocoder-heavy recitation of the title), "Liebestod", "Structure" and "4am" off Futureperfect.
    • "Intro", "Colours Of Rain", "Strata", "Interceptor" and "Lightwave" from Matter + Form.
    • "Prelude" and "As It Fades" from Judgement.
    • "Pro Victoria" from Of Faith, Power and Glory.
    • "On Air", "Goodbye 20th Century" and "Photon" off Automatic.
    • "Generator", "Lost Horizon" and "Aeroscope" from Transnational.
  • Lighter and Softer: Musically, they've become less abrasive on their most recent albums. Lyrically, nothing they've done since Praise The Fallen really matches that album for sheer misery.
  • Madness Mantra / Survival Mantra: "Fearless", from Futureperfect, has a mantra as part of its chorus that really blurs this line between the two and counts as both:
    I am not alone / I am not afraid / I am not unhappy - "Fearless"
  • Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: As an EBM / Futurepop band, they usually manage to be in the 3-5 range (the songs that manage 5 do so because of distortion on the drum machine and synths), though they have a fair few songs that go lower as well.
  • New Sound Album: All of their first three albums are obvious examples of this, especially Empires. Futureperfect is another slight example, since it ups the Trance quotient some. Matter + Form adds harder, more "live"-sounding drum loops to the equation from time to time as well as more distorted synth sounds, and Automatic noticeably ups the Synth Pop aspect of their sound.
  • Offer Void In Nebraska: At some point in 2014, the digital version of Automatic mysteriously vanished from every online retailer in the United States, forcing users to either buy a physical album or jump through hopes to buy the digital album on a foreign website, possibly as the result of a record label conflict.
  • Siamese Twin Songs: "Strata" and "Interceptor" off Matter + Form are basically one song split in two. Also, many of the intro Instrumentals count as this when combined with the first actual songs on their respective albums.
  • Spoken Word in Music: Fairly often.
  • Synth Pop: A prominent influence on the sound from their second album on, and their later albums are arguably full examples of the genre.
  • Trope Codifier: For the Futurepop subgenre of Industrial Music.