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Genesis.1 - EP

VNV Nation

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Album Review

Finding the bizarre middle ground between New Order's "Round and Round" and Ministry's "Stigmata," VNV Nation really shines on the title track to this single. Featuring gruff vocals layered over gorgeous keyboards, this is a prime example of how well the electronica and industrial genres can blend. "Welfunk" is a straight-up techno track, filled with lush keyboards and a booty-shaking beat that propels the song into its unspectacular end. Coil's Icon does little to the original song but makes it meaner, while Thomas P. Heckmann's remix pronounces the beat much more effectively. The only important track here is the original version of "Genesis," the rest is for hardcore fans only.


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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