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Hail Dark Fury! - 88%

jaegerblackmetal, October 23rd, 2009

Dark Fury “Slavonic Thunder”
Elegy Records

Dark Fury is a band that should need no introduction. They are prominent figures in the Polish Black Metal scene and have involvement with a number of successful acts, including Thor’s Hammer, Ohtar, and Thunderbolt. “Slavonic Thunder” is their sophomore album, which demonstrates a tighter musical unit and better production than their debut.

Dark Fury’s message is war and this release truly pronounces that theme. Some may find Dark Fury’s essence controversial, but those more enlightened will appreciate their dedication to the roots of Black Metal’s embrace of sheer hatred. Matching their lyrics of nationalism and genocide is an all-out aural onslaught filled with well-written guitar leads and enough blastbeats to keep listeners pumped from “My Land” to “I’ll Never Believe”. The vocals are delivered low and hard, which pairs nicely with the intensity of the music and the message. The vocal delivery also sets Dark Fury apart from most Black Metal acts without delving into the bastard genre of Black / Death Metal.

Fans of their later releases will no doubt find “Slavonic Thunder” essential to their collection, while newer fans can expect a great introduction to an exceptional act. Regardless of whether one is a new or old fan, “Slavonic Thunder” will not disappoint.