Dark Fury present a mid-paced black metal work of catchy lead melodies atop generic power chord metal riffing. These leads are never jaw-dropping or profoundly clever but mostly effective in the context of the songs. This Story Happened Before‘s problem is that many of the best leads send out a sense of déjà entendu and are only occasionally progressed to fitting melodic conclusions; Dark Fury rely too much on highly-structured rock song formats with bridges and breaks almost making the album a riff salad. Many of the rhythm riffs are the sort of filler power chord chugs used by death metal bands and the few war metal bands that actually care to occasionally have metal riffs such as Diocletian. Dark Fury too often use this as a songwriting crutch.
The primary attraction for This Story Happened Before for many will be the anti-Islamic lyrical theme. The music manages to convey the dreadful threat of Islamic fundamentalism taking root in Europe and the somber reality of modern left’s inadequate response but never the assimilation, expulsion, or violence that Dark Fury surely insist upon. Never do they convey the utter hatred of a Carnage or Sammath.
Overall, This Story Happened Before resembles Desecresy if they played metal to convey ideological rather than musical points. Desecresy without their clever and unique melodic sense and rhythmic development wouldn’t be particularly endearing. Dark Fury isn’t on this album; This Story Happened Before is above par for modern examples of the genre but ultimately unexceptional upon the contemplation that repeated listening brings.