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Praise The Fallen

4.3 out of 5 stars 38 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (Oct. 7 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI Music Canada
  • ASIN: B00000IMFZ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 38 customer reviews
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1. Chosen
2. Joy
3. Procession
4. Voice
5. Forsaken
6. Ascension
7. Honour
8. Burnout
9. Solitary
10. PTF2012
11. Schweigeminute
12. Bonus Track 1

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Format: Audio CD
Praise The Fallen (PTF) is a very well conceived EBM album. EBM is basically a lighter and faster variant of Industrial music, and even though PTF is significantly faster than anything put out by that bunch of anorexic labradors (by that I mean Skinny Puppy), it is not that much lighter. The beats in this record are utterly ferocious, and this is not a bad thing. However, at times, the beats tend to overwhelm the melody.
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.
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Format: Audio CD
"Empires" was a concept album that delivered the message to us that all empires end in ashes, the same way they begin. It delivered to us the message that ours is an empire that is already in the midst of a slow decline that is steadily getting faster. "Futureperfect" was a concept album that beckoned the question as to whether or not we are what was intended, and what we plan to do to better ourselves while we still have a chance. But before any of those two albums, there was "Praise the Fallen (PTF2012)," the first of VNV Nation's trilogy of pain and hope. While still predominantly instrumental, following the footsteps of the less-than-spectacular debut "Advance and Follow," this album shows VNV's new direction towards a sound with more mass appeal but no less impact. The lyrical presence on this album, while not as strong as on "Empires" or "Futureperfect," shows Ronan's growing ability to write thought-provoking words that can reach our hearts and our minds. All but one of the five vocal songs (why do people keep forgetting that he sings on "Voice" as well?) show Ronan singing with as much passion as on later material, but with a great deal more anger. The vocals are harsh, giving the sensation of a rallying call to arms. VNV Nation always questions the relevance of war, its futility, and yet on songs like "Joy" and "Honour" there is still the sense that conflict is needed. The most beautiful song on this album in my opinion is "Solitary." Here, Ronan sings in the soft intelligent voice we've come to know and love, telling us that change is all we can ask is always there, we should revel in it, embrace it, not fear or fight it.Read more ›
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"Praise The Fallen (2012)" is a top-notch EBM album. However, the touches of orchestration and emotive singing found here are fully realized in later albums. Several of these tracks are standard Front 242/Front Line Assembly/Icon of Coil stomp-industrial. That said, Ronan Harris does occasionally sing (well) and the lyrics are fiercely intelligent. These qualities keep PTF2012 from being just another "genre" CD. Plus, it's fun to see how many of the film samples you recognize.
"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.
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