Past works include Praise the Fallen (1998), Empires (1999), Futureperfect (2002), and Judgement (2007). The seventh and latest is Of Faith, Power and Glory, a full-length released this past June whose cover features a hooded stone monument set against a darkened sky. It looks more like a teaser poster for a medieval blockbuster than the cover of an electronic album.
Harris, responsible for the lyrics, vocals, and some instrumentation, is proud of the bombast. "If you want to give [the album] a grandiose title, make it fucking epic!" he says. "There's nothing congenial or mediocre about the process of creating something."
Of Faith lives up to the self-designated pomp. It's a panoramic portrait of translucent synths, drilling clatter, and shock waves of electronic drums. Harris' vocals loom above all sound but are never obtrusive; instead, his missives float in, tying mind candy onto melody.
Harris also says Of Faith, Power and Glory's title refers to the three elements most coveted by humanity. "Every song on the album in some way interprets it," he says, and he's not joking. In a lyric addressing the first noun in the title, "In Defiance" features Harris saying, "Be all that you hoped for/The best you could be." In "Art of Conflict," a near-computerized version of his voice advises, "The art of war is of vital importance to the state," addressing the "power" part of the title. For "glory," dissect "The Great Divide": "Deep is the longing in the heart that ever strives/The expanses far and wide that still confine."
VNV Nation's scope inherently invites a sense of analysis, and that's how they want it. "Everything is epic," Harris says. "It's just how you go about it."