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THUNDERKRAFT was founded in 2001 in Kharkov (Ukraine) by Alafern (guitar) who was eager to play more diverse music than the Black Metal of that time. The band’s style – Death Folk Metal – became cemented in the course of the first rehearsals. This meshed nicely with Alafern’s longtime love of Death Metal and Ukrainian folklore. From the very beginning, the band maintained an active presence on the Ukrainian live music scene.
In 2005 after a rather long period of fluctuating line-ups, the band recorded their first full-length album, “The Banner Of Victory”. In spite of the debut album getting good press, a period of stagnation followed.In 2009 the band members decided on a fundamental change to their approach, characterised by the frequent use of computer-generated sound effects, regular rehearsals and preparation for the recording of a second full-length album. The band’s musical style also underwent some changes, to the point where it could be described as Industrial Folk Death/Black Metal.
THUNDERKRAFT finished work on their second album called “Totentanz” in March 2011. With this release, the band really went in an experimental direction, combining the "classical" styles of Death and Black Metal with electronic music, folklore, epic and symphonic elements. The lyrics are written in Ukrainian, Russian and German. Problems of the human relation to the past, the ideas of greatness and boundless possibilities of the human spirit, strength of will and character are under consideration. Cosmology problems also find their representation in the band’s songs, but being slightly flavoured with social aspects. This album will be released on 2nd of April 2012 by Ukrainian independent label Svarga Music.
In spite of the fact that the second album was recorded some time ago, the band plans not to let up. They have started the recording sessions for the third album in winter 2011, having already collected enough material during years of rehearsals…