"Descent" as written by and Ronan Harris....
All God's children would have cause
to think the Devil now walks this realm
A place dispossessed of any sanity
Edification of a scene from Hell

Manmade prophecies serve to vindicate
All sides who claim themselves
worthy servants obedient to the same God
A God who commands them not to kill

These faithful in lines that number thousands
bring perdition throughout the land
As though the angel of deah himself had been unleashed
to exact a punishment upon this world

Across this cursed place rage the fires
Where the innocent are burned on a thousand funeral pyres
In anguish parted from this world

Does the need for the belief in the Devil
Serve to palliate and forgive our sins
In the abandonment of reason and delivery unto Hell

Limitless are the ways of mankind in it's virulent capacities
Ironic it may seem, through this a chance exists to see
In us also lies the capacity to transcend

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    General Commentthis is the epitome of the darkness that we are capable of...the last line is the 'light at the end of the tunnel'..."in us also lies the capacity to transcend". We are capable of murdering eachother, destroying ourselves and our environment, yet at the same time, capable of endless possibilities that can benefit us as individuals and as a whole. The question is when do we decide which direction is right? I love this song.
    _faye_on April 11, 2007   Link
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    15 page interview with Ronan Harris.

    HorsesMouthon April 04, 2007   Link
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    General CommentFor me, the song is saying that people blame their careless actions on the devil instead of taking the blame themselves, that the idea of the devil is just another scapegoat for human error.
    sheela_lon April 07, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song kind of sumarizes what I think of when I think of VNV nation. The music is different from their normal stuff, but the lyrics sum it up: humans are inherently inclined to do bad rather than good, and the truly good admit to their evils while trying to do good.
    h8todayon June 25, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song makes me shiver. As faye said it pretty much sums up the evil in humanity...but also the potential for good, if only we were to exercise that potential.
    JohnAridion August 15, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"a place Dispossessed of any sanity"

    The Dispossessed: An Ambiguous Utopia is a science fiction book written by en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…

    Consider these other lines from the Judgement album in relation to Ursula's book titles:

    The Farthest Shore

    "to reach The Farthest Star"
    -The Farthest Shore, VNV Nation

    Worlds of Exile and Illusion 

    "this world is just Illusion trying to change you"

    -Illusion, VNV Nation
    laurelinwyntreon October 13, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"Edification of a Scene From Hell"

    "This is just a Scene From Hell here. There are vehicles on fire, bodies lying around, and there are bits of bodies around me," said the BBC's John Simpson...

    read the rest of the quoted article here:

    laurelinwyntreon October 13, 2007   Link

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