Praise The Fallen
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The melodies, although at times complex, are subordinated to pounding drums during some of the tracks, and this seems to grate owing to the fact that the beats are as rough as a cheese grater. If the melodies in some of the songs were played louder and more frequently, this would be a brilliant album. However, the dark and haunting sounds are sometimes drowned in repetitive drumming all to often, resulting in a record that has less melody, and dramatic impact, than it potentially had. The only songs that really manage to strike the balance (and also be the best tracks on the album IMO) are Joy, Procession and Honor. These songs are so catchy, and awfully danceable, that they would turn a retirement home into a rave. Still, most of the other tracks can get too rough, or, suprisingly, too sedate.
This, however, doesnt mean that VNV's first big album is bad. In fact, it is very good! The lyrics, although sometimes too preachy, are quite intelligent and compelling, and the times in the songs where they allow the melody to shine through are utterly breathtaking. If you are new to EBM and want to start with the sound of the Berlin Philharmonic being ripped apart by chainsaw-weilding Nazis (which this album is wonderful at creating), then I would reccomend this. However, a softer (and more depressing) alternative for an EBM novice would be Failure by Assemblage 23.Read more ›
"Chosen" sets the Germanic, military tone for the whole album. Where Nitzer Ebb or Von Thronstahl would shout about victory and unity in strife and war, Harris conveys grave doubts about the benefits of conflict. This gives way to "Joy," which could make the dead get up and dance. The gentle strings floating over the pounding rhythms reinforce an anthemic Big Brother (Orwell's book, not the CBS disgrace) vibe.
"Chosen," "Forsaken" and especially "PTF2012" do just fine without a beat; the music shines through like in Vangelis' "Blade Runner" score. The one-minute silence of "Schweigeminute" will either hit you as a profound statement on the indelible legacy of the fallen masses, OR you'll wonder why these yahoos wasted a minute on an empty track.
Most EBM bands I've heard over the past...jeez, TEN years are content to lay a 16th-note bassline over a stomp beat and call it a day. VNV Nation doesn't stop there. They include melody and lyrical content, and that has brought them forward to EBM masterpieces like "Further" and "Beloved."
I will bet any one of you ten bucks that "Burnout" (track 8) is an offshoot of Front 242's "Soul Manager" from "Tyranny for You." Just my opinion.
Most recent customer reviews
Unlike "a music fan from austin, tx" I like the music but love the lyrics even more. To me it lays out our unhappiness with the world at times, which gives us a frame of... Read morePublished on Sept. 12 2003
I like the sound. I trashed the CD because of the lyrics... did not like the implications and found it to be a little too disturbing.Published on Aug. 15 2003
Building an Empire? Well, you have to start somewhere. In the case of VNV Nation, it was here, in the more rudimentary beginnings of Praise the Fallen 2012 that notice truly began. Read morePublished on Feb. 4 2003 by TorridlyBoredShopper
VNV Nation starts here... "Advance and Follow" is just a copy of the old classic EBM(Front 242 e Front Line A.). Read morePublished on Sept. 15 2002 by Felipe Boreli Filho
I have gotten into VNV Nation for just a few short months now. Despite the fact that I am a new listener, I have acquired three of the group's albums, the remix to my favorite VNV... Read morePublished on Aug. 2 2002 by Erica Anderson
VNV Nation has a way of combining the harsh minimalism of, let's lay Phillip Glass with the indrustial-pop flavours of KMFDM or Thrill Kill Kult. Read morePublished on July 21 2002 by JLS
The coldness of lyrical delivery underscores the passion behind their creation. An intensely beautiful work, from beginning to end.Published on May 28 2002 by The Blue Man
I have to admit that I have become a big fan of VNV nation these days. The reason is for the later albums "empires" and "futureperfect". Read morePublished on April 9 2002 by shervin nooshin
This is really a great EBM record, but it does take some time before you can really appreciate it. In fact, I probably still haven't reached that point just yet. Read morePublished on Feb. 6 2002 by Logan Albright