Advance and Follow

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Advance and Follow
Vnv a&f 1.jpg
Studio album by VNV Nation
Released 30 November 1995 (V1)
19 February 2001 (V2)
Genre Futurepop
Label Discordia / dependent
VNV Nation chronology
Advance and Follow
Praise the Fallen
(1998)Praise the Fallen1998
Alternative cover
2001 re-release cover
2001 re-release cover

Advance and Follow is the first studio album by futurepop duo VNV Nation, released in 1995. Compared to the futurepop sound of their subsequent albums Advance and Follow has a middle era EBM sound with classical influences. In 2001 the album was re-released with updated production and redone vocals along with five bonus tracks.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Anthem" 2:05
2. "After Fire" 5:40
3. "Frika" 5:55
4. "Serial Code" 2:45
5. "Serial Killer" 6:30
6. "Cold" 4:34
7. "Amhrán Comhrac" 3:54
8. "Requiem QCN" 5:05
9. "Outremer" 5:32
10. "Fiume" 2:55
V2 Edition Bonus Tracks
No. Title Length
11. "Aftershock" 4:57
12. "Serial Killer" (Tormented) 5:35
13. "Circling Overland" (Front 242 cover) 4:58
14. "DSM02" (Front 242 cover) 5:49
15. "After Fire" (Storm) 5:42


Anthem has a sample from BBC's Richard Dimbleby's recorded impressions from when he visited the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp:[1]

"Over an acre of ground lay dead and dying people."

It also features two samples of Italian fascist propaganda mottos:

"Tempi migliori!" (Better times ahead!)


"Saluto al Duce!" (Salute to the Duce!)

Another historical quote is a sentence from British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain's September 3rd 1939 declaration of war against Germany broadcast by BBC:

"this country is at war"

After Fire has samples taken from the movie Universal Soldier:[2]

"Move in and secure the objective."
"It's the only way to win this fucking war."
"I'm gonna teach you the chain of command private!"
"They just killed another hostage."
"We have a mission to complete."
"I'm giving the orders from now on."
"Put the gun down!"
"Say goodnight, asshole."
"I think we should shoot her, in the head!"
"Got you now, boy."
"I'm looking for a deserter!"

And from the 1956 science fiction film Forbidden Planet:[3]

"How soon will radar be operational?"
"Operating right now, sir."
"Good. Keep on it yourself."
"Aye, aye, sir."
"The M.A. alert is completed?"
"Aye, aye, sir."
"Fine. Activate-" (cut off, the full line is "activate main batteries")

Requiem QCN also features samples from Forbidden Planet:

"Shall I shut down the current, sir?"
"No. It's stopped now. Check over the whole system in the morning."
"Aye, sir."

Outremer also features samples from Universal Soldier:

"You must follow orders at all times."
"Cease fire, cease fire!"
"Begin phase two."

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Richard Dimbleby's recording at BBC
  2. ^ Universal Soldier script at Script-O-Rama
  3. ^ Forbidden Planet script at Script-O-Rama