VNV Nation
Of Faith, Power, and Glory


4.0
excellent

Review

by pizzamachine USER (211 Reviews)
October 31st, 2010 | 29 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: “Futurepop ain’t that bad.” – pizzamachine

Consisting of a small handful of underground bands, futurepop is an incredibly overlooked genre. You would be hard pressed to find anyone that knew the genre existed, or what it is, or what it sounds like. I was greatly interested, then, when I learned that bloc’s favorite genre was the illusive futurepop. With the knowledge that I often enjoy the same music that bloc does, I listened to the only futurepop album I knew of - VNV Nation’s, Of Faith, Power, and Glory.

VNV Nation’s soundscape seems familiar at first glance, but upon further study appears strangely foreign. Futurepop is a combination of trance, synthpop, and electronic body music (EBM), and works remarkably well. The combination may seem cliché considering the domination of synthpop artists in popular music, but once again, I cannot stress enough the uniqueness of this album. The band has taken overused ideas, and has forged them into something of their own design. Another way to describe the sound would be to imagine the band as aggrotech, but without the scary screams or cramped chaos.

While “techno” cannot adequately describe the band’s sound, it certainly seems similar. Thudding beats (like those in deep house music) provide the fury, while dreamy synthesizers provide pure bliss. In this album, the beats are remarkably deep, permeating every inch of the eardrums; they are so obnoxiously loud, that every time the album is spun, an ordinary room is transformed into a concert hall. This effect is further bolstered by the layered synthesizers (influenced by trance music), which provide thick, clean, gorgeous melodies. Combine these two elements (loud beats and synthesizers) and the result is an album that is both beautiful, and difficult to listen to at times (‘Art of Conflict’, for example, is an abrasive instrumental song that includes continually rising synthesizers – somewhat irritating).

Although the album had potential to be fantastic, interest slightly fades after listening to the first four tracks. The flurry of memorability starts and stops there, as if the band attempted to frontload the album and then forgot to make the rest of it enjoyable. True, ‘In Defiance’ is outstanding and worth recognition (easily the most cheerful sounding song, and sounds like a certain Christmas song I cannot name at the moment) but the songs immediately surrounding it are forgettable. However, when the band gets it right, they make ridiculously catchy songs. The lead singer’s deep voice somehow fits the band perfectly, especially during the many memorable choruses that inhabit the album. He exudes a dark presence when singing, often sounding tinged with sorrow. Bold without too much effort, he prefers the lower register. Also, the surprisingly profound lyrics of the album can make his vocal performance quite moving:

What will become of us if there's no one to watch over us
If we should face the certainty of our destruction
Forfeiting everything, pointless cries, futile dreams
There'll be no laughter, there'll be no tears
When tomorrow never comes.

It must be remembered though, that this album is a joy to listen to, and although the lyrics or songs may be depressing at points (‘Ghost’, and ‘From my Hands’), the brightness continually shines through. VNV Nation’s, Of Faith, Power, and Glory is a joyride from start to finish.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
pizzamachine
October 31st 2010


12571 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The reviewmachine delivers another pizza! Comments?

bloc
October 31st 2010


34925 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

“Futurepop ain’t that bad.” – pizzamachine

Most heartwarming quote I've ever read here.

Nice review kintups but was it necessary, given that this was just reviewed a few days ago?

pizzamachine
October 31st 2010


12571 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hmmmm... yeah it was necessary. I planned to review this a long time ago, and once I start I don't back down. Plus, it's futurepop!

bloc
October 31st 2010


34925 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Review Matter + Form next :D

pizzamachine
October 31st 2010


12571 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hahaha alright, when I'm feeling it I will!

fr33convict
October 31st 2010


11694 Comments


Neg'd for summary.


Just kidding.

bloc
October 31st 2010


34925 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

You BETTER be kidding. But even then, futurepop ain't JUST alright....IT ROOOOOOOOOOOOLZ

Gyromania
October 31st 2010


15941 Comments


Lol at the summary. Also, great review dude.

Digging: Lantlos - .neon

Irving
Staff Reviewer
November 1st 2010


7311 Comments


I liked this review. Loved the summary. Pos.

Xenophanes
Emeritus
November 1st 2010


10614 Comments


Great work as always man, Pos

Digging: Kayo Dot - Coffins On Io

Xenophanes
Emeritus
November 1st 2010


10614 Comments


Btw, your summaries always make your reviews for me lol

bloc
November 1st 2010


34925 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I like this review because I'm in it : )

Sentinel, Tomorrow Never Comes, and Where There Is Light are all tops.

Acanthus
June 19th 2011


9543 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

After the initial listen I'm going to disagree, the later tracks stick in my mind more than the first four. I don't know if that is due to their more somber feel or if I'm just a sucker for their depressing side.

Digging: The Knife - Deep Cuts

Acanthus
June 21st 2011


9543 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

From "Ghost" on I'm in love with this album, maybe the intro tracks will grow on me in the future.

bloc
June 21st 2011


34925 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Looks like the new album will be called Automatic and will be released in September. I'm expecting it to be a lot like this.

Acanthus
June 21st 2011


9543 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Is it bad that I'd like a return to Judgement/Matter+Form VNV?

pizzamachine
June 21st 2011


12571 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Matter+Form rules, so it would be really nice if they did.

Acanthus
June 21st 2011


9543 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Both of those albums receive the majority of my play time, the material there is just wonderful.

MisterSteel
June 21st 2011


453 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is the only album I have from them, so what would you suggest looking into next?

Acanthus
June 21st 2011


9543 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Oh completely what pizza was saying, go with Matter+Form then if you like it get Empires, then finish it off with Judgement (personal favorite).



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