VNV Nation
Matter and Form


4.0
excellent

Review

by pizzamachine USER (219 Reviews)
November 17th, 2010 | 23 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: don't mess with VNV Nation.

Hailing under the overlooked genre of futurepop, which they themselves created, VNV Nation has never failed in making great music. They were a veteran band from the start, and in their entire discography, there has never been a weak album. However, they sure have standout albums, and Matter + Form is one of them. The tense atmosphere that VNV Nation creates in Matter + Form seems like the soundtrack to a claustrophobic crawl through a suffocating cavern. Through cracks of massive boulders, rays of sunshine may occasionally poke through and hold the squinting man in warm embrace, but the pit is still dark – the darkness still smothers. Songs with straightforward melodies are barely visible in this body of music, so when the gorgeous ‘Perpetual’ ascends, it seems like a defining moment in one’s life. Everything at once vividly comes to life, and it is a beautiful feeling.

In the land where the music plays, it is immediately known from the ‘Intro’ that all is not well. Starting in a windy setting, ‘Chrome’ ignores the quiet storm and proceeds to blast the eardrums with an unforgiving beat and ominous synthesizers. Throughout all this, the lead singer sings depressive but encouraging lyrics, knowing the state the world is in, and responding with the call to rise. Then, as if in response, the joyful ‘Arena’ bursts in with infectious electronics, and the second best chorus of the album. Predictably, as soon as the joy of ‘Arena’ ends, the depression starts all over again. It starts off quietly with wonderfully minimal piano and strings (‘Colours of Rain), and then proceeds to shock with ‘Strata’, ‘Interceptor’, and ‘Entropy’. After these tracks, the album finally and completely breaks through its constant depression – the sun rises.

When ‘Endless Skies’ is reached, the soundscape becomes stunningly beautiful. Followed by ‘Homeward’, the moment of beauty increases in scale and magnitude to the point where tears are provoked. However, at the end of ‘Homeward’ the band seems to realize that they need to get the audience moving, and in response, they provide the danceable ‘Lightwave’. Finally, to conclude the music experience, VNV Nation ends with one of their best songs, ‘Perpetual’ – the perfect ending to a stunning album.

Recommended Songs:
- Chrome
- Arena
- Endless Skies
- Homeward
- Lightwave
- Perpetual



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Comments:Add a Comment 
SowingSeason
Moderator
November 17th 2010


28386 Comments


2 reviews on the front page wtf is wrong with you

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pizzamachine
November 17th 2010


13872 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Hahhah, touché!

SowingSeason
Moderator
November 17th 2010


28386 Comments


pos btw

pizzamachine
November 17th 2010


13872 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks btw.

Irving
Staff Reviewer
November 17th 2010


7504 Comments


Good review btw.

pizzamachine
November 17th 2010


13872 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks, btw I am here forth condemning the use of "btw".

bloc
November 17th 2010


53033 Comments


Did I NOT tell you this album was beast?

Sweet review kintups as well.

Perpetual is one of my all time favourite songs.

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pizzamachine
November 17th 2010


13872 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Glad you showed up BLOC!

Gyromania
November 17th 2010


25920 Comments


Damn good review.

bloc
November 17th 2010


53033 Comments


Chrome should be with the recommended songs I'd say.

pizzamachine
November 17th 2010


13872 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

@ Gyroscope: I like your comment.

@ BLOC: Alright, but only for you.

Gyromania
November 17th 2010


25920 Comments


Forgot to Pos, oops

pizzamachine
November 17th 2010


13872 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Heh, I review in waves.

Acanthus
January 5th 2011


9812 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"Chrome" and "Perpetual" are amazing, love when DJ's give "Chrome" a spin.

Acanthus
June 19th 2011


9812 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Bumping this, North American tour dates to be announced in the coming weeks and hopefully I'll get to attend at least one show!



"Chrome" still rocks, it's got such a righteous anger feeling (to me at least). Still enjoy Judgement better as a whole though.

bloc
June 19th 2011


53033 Comments


Did I already mention Perpetual is one of my favourite songs?

Acanthus
June 19th 2011


9812 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I consider it the perfect end to this album.

y87arrow
March 29th 2018


210 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Next to "Only Human Remains" by Fractured this album was my first electronic album ever in early december 2005 and I still love almost all songs. Also all songs avoid the 3rd chorus which is always a good thing to me.

Both albums got me away from only listening to mainstream 80's (especially british songs), nu metal and "alternative" rock back then.



It was a complete coincidence that I discovered VNV Nation and Fractured in dec. 2005, I took a look at the German Alternative Charts and both albums were there, I was curious and discovered them.

I think in general I will always have a big heart for futurepop and EBM music.

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oltnabrick
June 26th 2018


36191 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this has some really cool moments

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bloc
November 7th 2018


53033 Comments


Damn the new album Noire kicks ass. Opening track fuckin ownssss



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