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Empires

VNV Nation

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Album Review

If you only hear the instrumental techno-blast of "Saviour" from Empires, it would be easy to dismiss this London duo as a faceless electronic act. But nothing could be further from the truth at VNV Nation's performances, exemplified on their third full-length. Not only have they put together a solid album from beginning to end, they've mastered a gloomy and intense approach to contemporary dance music with melodies that are able to extend songs to five or six minutes without getting dull. Judging by its motto that "one should strive to achieve, not sit in bitter regret," it's clear that VNV Nation practices what it preaches. The lyrics are ripe with despair and end of the world scenarios, but that's what makes Empires so powerful.

Biography

Formed: 1990 in London, England

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

The electronic project VNV ("Victory Not Vengeance") Nation was conceived in London in 1990 by Ronan Harris, debuting in May of that year with the 12" "Body Pulse." "Strength of Youth" followed a few months later, and at the end of the year Harris relocated to Toronto, where VNV Nation opened for Nitzer Ebb on their Canadian tour. After moving back to Europe, Harris released only a handful of compilation tracks in the years to follow before signing with the German label Discordia in 1995 to issue...
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