ALBUM MINDBASE, ENERGY RELEASE: NOVEMBER 8, 1999 REVIEW: DECEMBER 2, 1999
Iím blown away!
improvement of VNV Nation is remarkable. The improvement of the EBM genre too.
Covenant, Apoptygma Berzerk, Neuroactive and VNV Nation are all examples of
bands that have chosen paths leading to a more melodic sound, still with that
hard, compact body foundation. The result, at least when it comes to Mark
Jackson and Ronan Harris of VNV Nation, is better, much better than I could
ever dream of.
is the glorious "Praise the Fallen" follower. Only the fact that itís
even better than itís predecessor impresses me wildly. I liked "Praise the
Fallen" very much. I love "Empires".
They will have
a hard time picking the next single, due February 2000, because of the
consequently dance floor friendly, chorus strong and perfectly produced
material. The fast tempo of the album is beautifully interrupted halfway
through by "Distant (Rubicon II)", only to continue with world class
EBM-techno-dance until the closing track "Arclight", a perfect ending
to an almost perfect album. Ronanís voice suits this kind of music like sock
fits a foot and the lyrics deal with the usual stuff.
for the new Apoptygma Berzerk and Covenant albums, this satisfy me more than
enough. In fact, Iíd be surprised if either of the two even came close to VNV
Nationís masterpiece. Try listening to "Kingdom", a display of EBM
evolution, and youíll know why Iím so excited. "Empires": A 51 minute