Having been a huge VNV Nation
fan for many years now, as you can expect I was slowly twitching with anticipation for this latest offering from the electric duo. Promising to harken back to the sounds of VNV past, anticipation was high. The album does deliver on that promise but also fails to make any real impact in the process.
Opener Pro Victoria
is an instrumental piece, not unlike something you might hear at the openening of the latest Peter Jackson movie. It builds up slowly, with a somewhat ritualistic sound. It ends with a crescendo, and leads into the next track, Sentinel.Sentinel
is a particular favourite of mine, and is VNV all over. It is a powerful and moving anthem with simply delicous electronics. It reminds me a lot of The Farthest Star
, and that can't possibly be bad.
Track 3 is Tomorrow Never Comes
. Most of you will have heard this, as it was put forward before the albums release to promote it. I like this track, but I do feel it is missing something. It reaches for the heights of tracks like Chrome
and somewhere along the way it falls short. It is pounding and catchy but lacks that passion of their best work.The Great Divide
is next. This is another favourite of mine, here we see VNV Nation
moving into slightly unfamilair territory. I like the fact that The Great Divide
sounds far away from anything we heard on the previous two albums. It has a pseudo rock ballad sound, and an uplifting chorus that will have you humming away. A really good song to loose yourself in.Ghost
is the first track here that will instantly jump out at you as sounding like old VNV. I wasn't completley blown away, and I'm still unsure what to think of it. Lyrically it is beautiful, but it doesn't seem to do a whole lot. I feel it is missing a hook, and thus left me feeling a bit indifferent.
Track 6 is the thundering Art of Conflict
. I love this track, because of what it isn't rather than what it is, and it isn't typical VNV. This song reminds me of another of my favourite EBM acts, Assemblage 23
. The electronics and synths on this song are orgasmic, and the progession of the track will have you sat on the edge of your seat. I do feel that it could have benefited from actual vocals rather than sampled text. Still a very good song.
Next up is Defiant
It opens somewhat similar to earlier track The Great Divide
, then moves on in a more bubbly direction. Another song that pulses away with uplifting vocals, it is left in the dark by a few of the better songs on the album, but fits in nicely as something that is simply nice to listen too.
The interestingly titled Verum Æternus
is the eigth offering. This track is a grower, and is well worth your time and patience. This song mixes elements of early VNV with something entirely new. The most experimental song on the album, and one of the most affecting. The lyrics here are simply stunning and match that of Darkangel
. VNV are the masters of hand waving anthems, and I am positive that of all the tracks here, this will be the one you remember. I can't wait to see this live!From My Hands
is Of Faith, Power And Glory
's first real slow pianno ballad. It is a nice way to begin to end the album. It has lovely lyrics but like a few other tracks here, is somewhat lacking. Another song that is nice and pleasant to listen too, but fails to live up to tracks like Illusion
The final track is possibly my favourite on the entire album. Where There Is Light
is the albums 2nd pseudo rock ballad, but this one manages to tick all the boxes. Memorable and catchy hooks, deep and warm lyrics and a distinct VNV sound. This track is quite unlike anything from them before, especially previous album Judgement
. This is one of those songs that will make you smile when you are down, and will be a great set closer when they play live. Such a lovely song!