Dark Fury – This Story Happened Before (2016)

Dark Fury - This Story Happened Before - front cover

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.

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13 thoughts on “Dark Fury – This Story Happened Before (2016)”

  1. As-salamu alaykum brothers. Please donate your daughters and sons at the new Al-Aqsa mosque-harem in Berlin, and if not, Mother Merkel deliver them to us by force.

    Also gives all your money.


  2. This is the same sort of passion that sets Dark Funeral apart from their fellow second-wave black metal pioneers. Where bands like Ulver, Burzum, Darkthrone, and Emperor are currently experimenting outside the confines of the very genre they helped define, Dark Funeral had remained faithful to their establishing pillars both sonically and philosophically. Where Shadows Forever Reign, the band’s sixth full-length, is clear proof of this sort of dedication. In place of experimentation or progression after 23 years in the black metal game, Dark Funeral show instead a maturation on their new album.


    1. Rainer Weikusat says:

      This sucks dead hamsters through brick walls.

      1. Rainer Weikusat says:

        Somewhat more elaborate: This is essentially the showmanship, eg, costumes & presentation, one would associate with heavy metal combined with a ‘professionally’ produced, very much polished variant of the ebb & flow style guitar on say, the Darkthrone album recently mentioned here. Like most heavy metal (I know of), it would make a cool movie soundtrack (or parts thereof) but as music, it’s just soulless.

  3. Ludvig B.B. (vOddy) says:

    Christianity lies in ruins, not dead but defeated, weakened by centuries of watering down and mostly replaced by secular egalitarianism.

    Islam is now the religion that must be defeated.

    1. Rainer Weikusat says:

      I fear the chances for a wave of twentysomething-founded satanic black metal bands in Saudi Arabia are exceedingly slim unless some secular egalitarianism gets established there first. Heretics don’t start burning churches until well after the church stopped burning heretics.

      1. Ludvig B.B. (vOddy) says:

        Saudi Arabia has never produced good metal and never will.

    2. Rosi says:

      True. Only second rate NSBM can beat Islam now.

    3. Rainer Weikusat says:

      There’s no freedom in this world, anyway. Victory just ties the victor to the defeated.

      Battle is fought
      Victory gained
      Lord of all this
      That I survey

      Humankind’s best
      Lies at my feet
      Their broken forms
      Confirm my reign

      Yet nothing is gained in conquest
      My domain is the cesspit of the weak
      Worthless filth do I command
      Forever bound I am their

      Lord of men
      Lord of flies

      Worshipped by the cretins that I rule
      In return nothing but disgust

      They offer up their sacrifices in my honour
      Their flesh and bones will build my throne

      Their will and bodies broken
      Their life forfeit from birth
      Their fate is mine to control

      Lord of men
      Lord of flies

      [Repulsive Aggression, Lord Of Men]

      1. Ludvig B.B. (vOddy) says:

        “Victory just ties the victor to the defeated”
        Not the kind of victory I want

  4. matters says:

    Hey, this isn’t half bad! There must be something in the water in Poland!

    Maybe this was playing over the P.A. in that airport in Turkey.

    Too soon?

    1. OliveFox says:

      You’re thinking of that club in Orlando. They were having a DARK FURY dance party and that Muslim dude wanted to hear DARK FUNERAL or UNGOD instead.

  5. Can you survive the blitzkrieg says:

    I like the other Polish white meat, Ohtar, much better, and Canadians Svolder are are total anti Islam GBK clone, like House of Atreus if they didn’t have such sterile safe lyrical content. Ohtar – When I Cut The Throat is a good one, better than almost all BM shit I hear people sucking dicks of.

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