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  • Audio CD (May 16, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: May 16, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Metropolis Records
  • ASIN: B00004T0LI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,266 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Firstlight
2. Kingdom
3. Rubicon
4. Saviour
5. Fragments
6. Distant (Rubicon II)
7. Standing
8. Legion
9. Darkangel
10. Arclight

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This has become my favourite VNV Nation album.
Petar Vodogaz
Ronan's vocal style is perfectly suited for the seriousness of the music and lyrical subject matter.
"jfsebastian"
Good emotional sophisticated beats with great vocals and lyrics.
Damon Navas-Howard

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Erica Anderson on June 29, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I become hooked on VNV Nation when I picked up their latest album "Futureperfect". Being a fan of industrial and trance music, I flipped over the perfect blend of industrial and dance music. The lyrics really spoke volumes to me. The angst, the bleakness, and then the redemption. A friend of mine recently burned "Standing" on a compilation of goth/darkwave music, and I automatically fell in love with the song itself. I found myself replaying the song over and over again. So I knew then "Empires" would be my next VNV Nation album to add to my cd collection. Once I heard "Empires", I immediately loved the album. Ronan Harris has one of the sexiest voices I have ever heard. I can't really describe it except to say that it is a bit monotonous yet foreboding. "Empires" is filled with heavenly trance beats, more so than "Futureperfect" I think. Asides from "Standing", I just absolutely loved "Kingdom" with the sweeping grandeur of the synthesized beats and the struggle to 'turn darkness into light' in the lyrics but all the songs on this album are excellent. VNV Nation is an excellent example that not all industrial bands have to be as abrasive as KMFDM and Ministry. They are dark and heavy yet melodic and infectious. I just can't get enough of this band. They are definitely one of my personal favorite bands to date.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By "cthulhukid" on May 17, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Topping their previous album Praise The Fallen, would normally be quite the task. There was very little room for improvement. I know that a lot of people were worried that Empires would just be a rehash of PTF. I'm happy to say that Empires more than lives up to the task, even surpasing their previous albums in emotion and skill.
All the classic VNV elements are here: harsh electronic beats, sweeping synths and strings, and Ronan's unique vocals. The songs are in the same vein as PTF, about the beauty and darkness of strife and struggle. The first and last tracks, "firstlight" and "arclight" blend together seemlessly (being nearly the same song), creating a cycle of sound and structure unifying the work. It's art. "Darkangel" and "Standing" have already become singles in Europe and are both excellent tracks, VNV's best to date, but other appealing songs include "rubicon" and "distant(rubicon II)." Distant has a slow, drifting sound, free of the assembly-line industrial backbeat so common to VNV. A welcome change of pace.
The duo of Empires and Praise The Fallen will become classics in the EBM world, if they haven't already. stop reading and listen to them already!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Matt Wilson on May 19, 2000
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Electronic music is capable of expressing a variety of moods and atmosphere; surreal, dark, happy, sad....I've heard them all done well. Up until listening to this album, agression wasn't strongly represented. VNV Nation is the first electronic band who has come through in this respect so strongly.
The more you listen to Empires, the more you come to appreciate. From the explosive "Kingdom" to the almost melancholy "Arclight", the album takes hold and doesn't let go. Most of the songs rotate around a central theme both musically and lyrically, giving the cd an almost cinematic feel. The rhythms are simple and familiar, but performed with suprising mastery for such a young outfit. Agressive, driving and with an absolutely huge sound...Empires will likely place VNV Nation among the top of the electro-industrial genre...as they should be.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By metzler on December 20, 2004
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VNV Nation is unequaled in the industrial/goth/electro scene. I've been into the scene since the 80's and the vast majority of the music, I hate to say, is crap. Tacky vocals, lyrics that could be written by a chimp, or horrible music that sounds like it's written on a $50 keyboard is typical. If you're lucky you can find a band that can master one or two of these areas. VNV stands out far from the rest because they are the rare band able to master it all.

The vocals fit the music. The music whether soft or hard is full and powerful and emotional ranging from ethereal to strobelight stomp. The lyrics set VNV apart from anything else and are the most poetic of anything I've heard from this scene, or any other for that matter. It is beauty. Buy the album, or download Legion and play it while reading the lyrics. I interpret this song as being about daydreams of greatness and contemplation as that greatness becomes a reality for Ronan. Throwing in a word like anachronistic is too much to ask from most "artists" in the scene, but Ronan not only uses it, but uses it flawlessly in context. There are many bands with simple lyrics with Jesus-bashing as a popular subject; however, VNV transcends this with lyrics and subject matter that are spiritual, positive and epic in nature, evoking thought and feeling while setting these lyrics to melancholic music that goes with Autumn like the falling of the leaves. In short, VNV writes complete songs and that is what makes them more listenable than any other band I've heard. Legion, Standing, Darkangel and Kingdom are my favorites on this album, but the whole album is incredible.
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